Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Georgia State Hosts International Symposium on Ingestive Behavior

Georgia State University will host the Second Annual Frontiers in Ingestive Behavior Symposium Friday, Dec. 12, featuring international experts exploring the environmental and physiological controls of eating and drinking behavior.

The event of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior will be held in Room 212 of the Natural Science Center.

With obesity becoming an increasing problem worldwide, members of the SSIB are working to better understand the physiology and underlying controls which can help explain ingestive behaviors, said Tim Bartness, Georgia State Regents’ Professor of Biology and president of the SSIB.

“The hope is that we will be able to take this research and translate it into treatments for overeating, as well as under eating, in some cases,” Bartness said.

Leading SSIB scientists from across Europe and the United States will present on a wide variety of topics, such as the roles of neurotransmitters in food intake, biological aspects of night eating syndrome, and gene-environment interactions in promoting obesity.

“These colleagues are the cream of the crop in the field, and have made significant contributions in the field, as well as to the organization,” Bartness said.

The symposium is supported by the Georgia State University Research Foundation, the Georgia State Neuroscience Institute, the Georgia State College of Arts and Sciences, the Georgia State Departments of Biology and Psychology, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and the Georgia State Center for Neuromics.

For more information about the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, visit For a list of speakers and a program of the symposium, contact Jeremy Craig at or 404-413-1357.

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