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University at Buffalo: New Research Center Awards First Pilot Grants

The newly founded University at Buffalo Center for Ingestive Behavior Research (CIBR) has awarded its first grants — seed money offering applicants critical funding that makes external proposals more robust.

Said CIBR director, professor Dr. Derek Daniels, “These grants will support ingestive behavior scientists at UB by helping them get that one last experiment that can put a big grant application over the top for funding.”

Many health conditions, from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, have diet as their underlying cause related to either over- or under-consumption of food and fluid.

The three projects selected for pilot grants have the broader aim of understanding how obesity develops and what systems might treat it. The projects include one led by Dr. Elizabeth G. Mietlicki-Baase, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, that will look at the peptide hormone amylin, thought to be a promising target for obesity, and how it taps into reward processing. The others will look at the brain’s insular cortex to establish how its dysfunction impairs the ability to track the satiety signals that arise from eating; and attempt to identify how excess weight and diet each individually affect the properties of taste cells.

UB has gained recognition as a premier research center for ingestive behavior, with a core group of researchers that combines the expertise of faculty members in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Nursing and Graduate School of Education.

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