Webinar: Neurobiology of Nutrition and Metabolism

Date:  11/30/2022
Topic:  Neurobiology of Nutrition and Metabolism
Speaker:  Han-Rudolf Berthoud, PHD

Our November meeting will be help on November 30 at noon via Zoom.  Our speaker will be Dr. Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, from the Pennington Research Center.  Dr. Hans-Rudolf received his PhD training in physiology and behavior at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH-Z), Switzerland. After postdoctoral training in the Department of Physiology, University of Western Ontario and the Institute of Molecular Diabetology, University of Geneva, he joined the Department of Psychology, Purdue University. He then moved to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, where he currently is Professor of Neuroscience, holds the George H. Bray Chair, and directs the Neurobiology of Nutrition & Metabolism Laboratory.
His research interests cover gut-brain communication, the autonomic and enteric nervous systems, the gut microbiome, and brain mechanisms responsible for the control of appetite and the regulation of energy balance and obesity. His editorial experience includes serving as Co-Executive Editor of Appetite (2008-2014), Associate Editor of Gastroenterology (2016-2022), Editorial Board member of American Journal of Physiology, (Regul) (1999-2014), Journal of Comparative Neurology (2014-present), and International Journal of Obesity (2011-2018).

Dr. Berthoud is primarily interested in the role of the nervous system in the processes maintaining energy homeostasis and nutrient intake. This includes the receptors and pathways that allow the peripheral nervous system and the brain to sense the internal metabolic state and availability of important nutrients as well as the external food environment, the neural circuits integrating this information, and the behavioral, autonomic, and endocrine effector pathways leading to regulatory actions. Interests thus impinge on the areas of obesity and anorexia, gastrointestinal and liver physiology, gut-brain interactions, autonomic nervous system, cognitive neurosciences, taste physiology, and functional foods. The largely NIH funded research activities employ behavioral, neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and electrophysiological methods.

If you would like to participate in this or any of our monthly presentations, please contact Becky Laskowski at becky.laskowski@fmc-na.com