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Effects of Diet on Emotion and Motivated Behavior

Featured Topic — Monday, April 8, 2019 — 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Convention Center, Room W311D
CNS Section — Chair: Yuval Silberman — Co-Chair: Jessica R. Barson

The role of nutrition in overall health and the relation of diets to trends of increased levels of obesity is a growing health concern. The majority of studies examining diet related health issues are, in general, concerned with effects of diets on cardio-metabolic function and other physiologic processes. However, there is increasing evidence that diets have a profound effect on emotional regulation and motivated behavior. These findings suggest a critical role of diets modulating mental health, but mechanisms by which this may occur are largely unknown. The goal of this featured topic is to shed light on emerging evidence of mechanisms by which diets may modulate mental health and associated neurologic systems. Dr. Sara Jones, the featured speaker, is a world renowned expert in monoamine signaling in several different animal models of drug and alcohol abuse. Dr Jones is at the forefront of this burgeoning field and her lab has recently published two papers examining the effects of high fat diet on nucleus accumbens dopamine function and how this interaction alters behavioral sensitivity to amphetamine.

Speakers

  • Abstract
    Caitlin Rae Coker — Neural and Behavioral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

  • High Fat Diet Modulation of Nucleus Accumbens Dopamine Function
    Sara Jones — Physiology and Pharmacology, Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • Abstract
    Mehdi Farokhnia — NIAAA & NIDA, NIH

  • Abstract
    Zhe Yu — The George Washington University





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