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BNORC Annual Symposium and Poster Session - July 24th, 2015

Deadline for RSVP and Poster Abstract Submission: Friday, July 17th, 2015

NEW: BNORC Small Grants Program


Postdoctoral Fellowships in Metabolism, Endocrinology and Obesity at the Boston University School of Medicine


Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition, The 16th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium


Diet and Microbiota in Health and Disease


July 8-9, 2015

Location: Daniel Tosteson Medical Education Center, Carl Walter Amphitheater (2nd Floor), Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA


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July 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM-1:30 PM

BNORC Annual Symposium and Poster Session


Chronobiology and Obesity

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Location: BUSM, 72 East Concord Street, Instructional Bldg., Hiebert Lounge, 14th Floor, Boston, MA

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The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC), funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, is a consortium of institutions -- BMC, Tufts Medical Center and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Harvard School of Public Health, and three Harvard Hospitals, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Our Cores, Pilot and Feasibility Program and annual programs, retreat, seminars and workshops promote inter- and multi-disciplinary research in nutrition and obesity.

Our Center is organized to address four cross-cutting themes that respresent key gaps in understanding the relationship between nutrition and health, and the pathogenesis of obesity and its associated metabolic diseases.

Key areas of nutrition and obesity research across these themes are facilitated and fostered by BNORC Cores:






The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center is administratively based at Boston Medical Center and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIDDK) grant P30DK046200. All publications resulting from the utilization of BNORC resources are required to cite this grant in their NIH Funding Acknowledgement and must comply with NIH Public Access Policy.

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BNORC Research NEWS




4/27/2015: As reported on the NIH-NIDDK site:

"Appetite-regulating neural pathway identified"


A team including NIDDK (and BNORC) researchers discovered a neural circuit that controls appetite in the brains of mice. Using a wide array of multidisciplinary techniques, the team found that neurons interacting with a specific receptor in a part of the brain called the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus and the signals of those neurons to another part of the brain – the lateral parabrachial nucleus – regulate food consumption. Temporarily switching off these neurons in mice that are full makes the mice eat as though they were hungry, while turning them on reduces food consumption in hungry mice as though they were full. Activation of this same satiety-promoting circuit in the absence of food alleviates the unpleasant physical sensations associated with hunger. The findings suggest a potential research approach to treat people with obesity, and could set the foundation for development of a drug to reduce both food consumption and the disagreeable sensation of hunger.

Garfield AS, Li C, Madara JC, Shah BP, Webber E, Steger JS, Campbell JN, Gavrilova O, Lee CE, Olson DP, Elmquist JK, Tannous BA, Krashes MJ, Lowell BB. A neural basis for melanocortin-4 receptor regulated appetite. Nature Neuroscience 2015 April; 10.


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