Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - Grant ID: DE140101071 [ 2014-02-11 - 2017-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Dr Amy Reichelt (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award)

Brief description Does obesity alter the associations to food related cues, contexts and responses? Obesity is increasing dramatically in the developed world. The reasons for this are unclear, however the abundance of cheap, palatable food is clearly a contributing factor. Studies suggest differences arise in the processing of food rewards between overweight and lean individuals and the way they respond to food associated cues. This indicates that food associated cues may be more likely to evoke feeding behaviours in absence of metabolic needs, therefore contributing to over eating that leads to obesity. This project will determine how rats, exposed to a model of our obesogenic western diet, process distinct cues and contexts associated with food rewards and control value driven responses to gain food rewards.

Funding Amount $375,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

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