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Zilkha Virtual Seminar Series: Haijiang Cai, PhD – Neural Circuits for Feeding Regulation, the Return of the Amygdala

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Date(s) - October 28, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Feeding behavior is controlled by neural circuits distributed across multiple brain regions. Amygdala in the temporal lobe has been first suggested to be involved in feeding regulation by lesion studies more than a century ago. However, due to the lack of consistent results, its role in feeding regulation was largely neglected in the last few decades. In this talk, I will discuss recent studies using novel genetic tools that demonstrated how neural circuits in the central extended amygdala, including the central nucleus (CeA) and the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), regulate feeding behavior in health and disease. These studies suggest that neural circuits in the amygdala, the brain region known for emotion control, also play critical roles in feeding regulation.

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