Welcome to the O’BRAIN Lab

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.

Research

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?

Members

Our team is based in Leipzig and brings togeth­er researchers from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines such as neu­ro­bi­ol­o­gy, psy­chol­o­gy, cog­ni­tive sci­ence, math­e­mat­ics, and med­i­cine.

Volunteer 🇩🇪

Wir sind immer auf der Suche nach Per­so­n­en, die an unseren Stu­di­en teil­nehmen. Sie kön­nen unsere Forschung unter­stützen, indem Sie sich in unserem Proban­den­pool anmelden.

Recent News

3rd Nordic Neuroscience Meeting in Helsinki — Day 1

On the agen­da are the 3rd Nordic Neu­ro­science Meet­ing and a vis­it to the new lab of group leader Annette Horstmann, who was recent­ly appoint­ed as an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Behav­iour­al and Brain Sci­ences at the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­o­gy and Logo­pe­dics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Helsin­ki.

The O’BRAIN Lab on TV

If you ever won­dered what hap­pens dur­ing binge eat­ing, the local TV net­work MDR has released a neat 4 minute long TV clip (in Ger­man). It fea­tures our PhD stu­dent Maria Walt­mann who, togeth­er with Nadine Her­zog, cur­rent­ly col­lects data for a large study inves­ti­gat­ing the shared and dif­fer­en­tial neu­rocog­ni­tive mech­a­nisms of obe­si­ty and binge eat­ing dis­or­der.