Research report 2020 - Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research
Eating with all senses
Forschungsgruppe "Neurocircuit Wiring and Function"
SummaryOur understanding of how our brain governs food intake has recently been revolutionized by the discovery that key hunger neurons are switched off within a few seconds upon detection of food cues that signal to the brain food vicinity, like sight or smell. Following on these seminal discoveries and building upon the challenge of better characterizing the critical mechanism by which our brain orchestrates feeding behavior, our group is keen on elucidating the influence of our senses on brain circuits governing appetite and metabolism.