Does your brain reward you for exercise? Current obesity research tends to focus on how the brain regulates food intake, but less attention has been placed on its role in regulating energy expenditure. Emerging evidence suggest that brain reward systems are engaged to control physical activity and exercise and may play an important role in energy expenditure. In this session, researchers will present cutting-edge models directly examining the interaction between physical activity and neuroendocrine reward systems.


8:30am CNS Regulation of Physical Activity: Implications for Obesity
Catherine Kotz, MD FTOS
9:00am Dietary Regulation of Reward, Food Intake and Energy Expenditure
Alexxai V Kravitz, PhD
9:30am The Role of Dopamine in Physical Activity
Jeff Beeler, PhD