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

Dr. Morys

The O’BRAIN Lab is extreme­ly proud of its very own Dr. rer. med. Fil­ip Morys. Fil­ip pre­sent­ed a beau­ti­ful viva on 4th April and thus received his PhD title from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leipzig. We are delight­ed and very hap­py! In true style, Fil­ip is not wast­ing any time and…

2 Successful Bids

Our med­ical PhD stu­dents Franziska and Nora man­aged to secure junior research grants from the IFB Adi­pos­i­ty Dis­eases. Franzi now has fur­ther fund­ing until April 2020 to inves­ti­gate the influ­ence of diet on the (epi)genetic sta­tus of the dopamin­er­gic sys­tem and how this could affect neu­rocog­ni­tive func­tion. Nora will con­tin­ue…