Presented by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

The lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) is the classic hunger center in the brain. Emerging findings show that LHA neurons communicate with “higher-order” brain regions involved with food reward through neuropeptidergic signaling. This symposium includes experts on three of these LHA neuropeptide systems (neurotensin, orexin, melanin-concentrating hormone) and their role in regulating food reward and energy balance.

Target Audience: Basic/clinical scientists interested in energy intake


3:45pm Orexin, Medial Prefrontal Cortex Circuitry & Cognitive Drive to Eat
Gorica D Petrovich, PhD
4:15pm Human studies of neuropeptide systems and feeding behavior
Anthony Goldstone, MD PhD FTOS
4:45pm Melanin Concentrating Hormone and Food cue induced overeating
Alex Johnson, PhD
5:15pm Adjourn