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Dopaminergic regulation of dietary learning

Albino maia

Nationality Portuguese

Year of selection 2010

Institution Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - IGC

Country Portugal

Risk Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1.5 years

90000 €

Obesity: of mice and men

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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