Welcome to the O’BRAIN Lab
The O’BRAIN Lab is a group of researchers investigating the interplay between obesity and the brain.
Overweight and obesity rates have risen steadily in recent decades. Although many of us share similar environments, only a few people become obese. How come? In our search for the cause, we are confronted with a complex interplay of many factors: In addition to the environment, behaviour, brain function, and genetic influences determine the decisions we make and thus ultimately also our body weight.
We try to answer fundamental questions about obesity: How does obesity develop? Why is it so hard to resist tempting food? Does our brain determine what and how much we eat? How does our nutrition shape our brain? Do changes within the brain make it so difficult for us to break bad eating habits? Last but not least: How can we help to improve eating habits?
Our team is currently based in two places: Leipzig (Germany) and Helsinki (Finland). We bring together researchers from various disciplines such as neurobiology, psychology, cognitive science, mathematics, and medicine.
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Life at the O’BRAIN Lab is beginning to return to normal — staff in Leipzig were welcomed back to the office (in small numbers), while working from home continues in Helsinki, with an exit strategy being prepared. We tried to make the best of social distancing while in lockdown and…
Like almost all countries all over the world Germany and Finland have been facing the COVID 19/Corona crisis since late February and early March. In an unprecedented move, both the University of Helsinki as well as the MPI in Leipzig, went virtual as preemptive measures. All staff, incl. the entire…
Together with international colleagues Annette will work on a replication grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), awarded to Sanne de Wit and Jaap JM Murre from the University of Amsterdam in March 2020. Four labs, including the O’BRAIN Lab, Paul Fletcher’s Lab at the University of Cambridge, and Julia…