Congratulations to our BNORC Travel Award Recipients

Congratulations to our Annual Symposium Poster Winners

NEW: BNORC Small Grants Program

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Metabolism, Endocrinology and Obesity at the Boston University School of Medicine

WEBINAR: Creating a Discussion Guide for Qualitative Research

Sponsored by the Clinical and Community Research Core

This webinar will give you the tools you need to create an effective discussion guide for focus groups and key informant interviews. Read more...

Presenter: Sara C. Folta, PhD

Date and time: Friday, September 18th, 2015 from 12-1 PM

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Hacking Eating Tracking

A Symposium supported by the Division of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School and the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC)

September 18-20, 2015

Harvard Northwest Bldg., Cambridge, MA

Interested in human eating behavior and new technologies for objective measurement in laboratory, clinical and public health studies? Read more...

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Adipose and Metabolic Study Group Seminar:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Stephen R. Farmer, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine

Location: BUMC, EBRC Building, 650 Albany Street, 7th Floor, Room

12th Key Symposium, 2015

Organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Internal Medicine

Insulin Resistance in Common Diseases

Tuesday, September 29-Thursday, October 1, 2015

Location: The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Rotunda Room, Boston, USA

More information may be found on the website.

Obesity & Metabolism: An Emerging Frontier in Lung Health and Disease

October 5-7, 2015

Location: University of Vermont, Davis Center, Silver maple Ballroom, Burlington, VT

Please visit website for a meeting brochure.


Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center Retreat

Friday, October 23, 2015 from 1:00-4:00 PM

Location: Boston University, Charles River Campus, Boston, MA

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Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC), funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, is a consortium of institutions -- BMC, Tufts Medical Center and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Harvard School of Public Health, and three Harvard Hospitals, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Our Cores, Pilot and Feasibility Program and annual programs, retreat, seminars and workshops promote inter- and multi-disciplinary research in nutrition and obesity.

Our Center is organized to address four cross-cutting themes that respresent key gaps in understanding the relationship between nutrition and health, and the pathogenesis of obesity and its associated metabolic diseases.

Key areas of nutrition and obesity research across these themes are facilitated and fostered by BNORC Cores:

The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center is administratively based at Boston Medical Center and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIDDK) grant P30DK046200. All publications resulting from the utilization of BNORC resources are required to cite this grant in their NIH Funding Acknowledgement and must comply with NIH Public Access Policy.

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4/27/2015: As reported on the NIH-NIDDK site:

"Appetite-regulating neural pathway identified"

A team including NIDDK (and BNORC) researchers discovered a neural circuit that controls appetite in the brains of mice. Using a wide array of multidisciplinary techniques, the team found that neurons interacting with a specific receptor in a part of the brain called the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus and the signals of those neurons to another part of the brain – the lateral parabrachial nucleus – regulate food consumption. Temporarily switching off these neurons in mice that are full makes the mice eat as though they were hungry, while turning them on reduces food consumption in hungry mice as though they were full. Activation of this same satiety-promoting circuit in the absence of food alleviates the unpleasant physical sensations associated with hunger. The findings suggest a potential research approach to treat people with obesity, and could set the foundation for development of a drug to reduce both food consumption and the disagreeable sensation of hunger.

Garfield AS, Li C, Madara JC, Shah BP, Webber E, Steger JS, Campbell JN, Gavrilova O, Lee CE, Olson DP, Elmquist JK, Tannous BA, Krashes MJ, Lowell BB. A neural basis for melanocortin-4 receptor regulated appetite. Nature Neuroscience 2015 April; 10.

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