Neurobiology of Feeding Behavior Laboratory

Department of Psychology, Boston College

Lab Director: Gorica D. Petrovich, PhD

 
     
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2011

January

Meghana Kuthyar '13 receives funding from a Boston College Undergraduate Research Fellowship to research fear-context induced short-term anorexia.

May

Meghana Kuthyar '13 joins us for a second summer with a full-time research position thanks to funding provided by a Boston College Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

June

We excitedly welcome postdoctoral fellow Sindy Cole (center) and lab manager Daniel Powell (far right) to the lab. Also, we are pleased to report that recent Boston College graduate Michael Hobin '11 (far left) will be joining us as a research assistant.

August

Undergraduate student Heather Mayer '12, wraps up a successful summer of research funded by the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program by presenting her work: "The Effect of Food Deprivation on Orexin and Melanin Concentrating Hormone".

September

Meghana Kuthyar '13 again receives funding from a Boston College Undergraduate Research Fellowship to continue her research on fear-context induced short-term anorexia.

October

Research paper published in Physiology & Behavior, by Petrovich & Lougee: "Sex differences in fear-induced feeding cessation: prolonged effect in female rats". The study used a fear-cue induced inhibition of feeding paradigm, in which food-deprived rats stop eating when presented with a fear-cue, to show that female rats are slower that males in extinguishing inhibition of feeding in response to the cue. The findings from the animal model are relevant to regulation of eating in humans, and provide a framework for defining the critical brain substrates underlying anorexia.

November

Multiple lab members traveled to Washington DC for Neuroscience 2011, the annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience. We had a great showing, presenting 3 posters of our most recent research.

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