Year of selection 2010
Institution Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - IGC
Dr. Albino Oliveira-Maia is studying the brains of mice to understand how the neurons that produce dopamine (a molecule that tells the body when it is satisfied) are associated with flavors and the delivery of nutrients to the stomach. He hopes to better understand the mechanisms linked to dysfunctional eating behaviors. Since obese people have modified brain dopamine circuits, similar to patients with addiction, this knowledge could advance medical care and research for both obesity and addiction.
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