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May 2017 Today (30/05/2017) will see the opening of our brand new state-of-the-art Translational Research Facility dedicated to research in Obesity and Metabolic diseases.

 

May 2017 We have been running a study involving healthy thin people - understanding the genes for thinness could pave the way for new treatments for obesity. A website for the study has just gone live - you can find it at www.stilts.org.uk.

 

Eating Behaviour

 

All the genes identified to date, have a major effect on the regulation of appetite.  For this reason, we have developed a major programme of research that focuses on eating behaviour.

 

 
We have established a number of novel methods for the study of macronutrients on satiety, food preference and for the study of the motivational drive to eat. We work closely with Professor Paul Fletcher in Cambridge undertaking studies involving functional MRI scans to look at how the brain responds to food and to drugs that might be used to treat obesity. These studies are undertaken in patients in whom we find genetic variants and in normal weight and overweight volunteers (Help us with our research).