Kavli Institute NeuroLunch

Sponsored by KIBS and the NeuroTechnology Center
May 2, 2016

2015-2016 Kavli NTC Neurolunch Seminars
Seminars are held in:
Rm. 900 Sherman Fairchild Bldg. - Note the new room location
12:00 pm - 1:00pm
1212 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Rim Hassouna,  PhD (Zeltzer Lab)

"Role of the AVPR1A tone in a model of susceptibility to Anorexia Nervosa"

Speaker Bio:
After a master’s degree focused on physiology and nutrition, I joined the lab of Dr. Jacques Epelbaum in Paris as a PhD student (INSERM, in the Center for Psychiatry and Neuroscience) where I worked under the supervision of Dr. Virginie Tolle. I studied the influence of preproghrelin-derived peptides on brain circuits regulating food intake and growth.
As a postdoc, I am applying the expertise I developed in assessing neuronal, neuroendocrine and feeding-related endpoints to study interactions between genetic and environmental factors that influence susceptibility to eating disorders.

Presentation Summary:
This study characterized a gene x environment interaction that could be the underlying driver of abnormal eating behavior in certain AN patients, and also identified AVPR1A as a possible target for therapeutic intervention.
As there are no other mouse models of Eating Disorders that combine genetic, stress-related and dieting factors, this research project represents a unique opportunity to work with a new model as well as to learn how to study neuronal circuits regulating stress and feeding behavior.