Author Archives: obesity_2014

Leipzig Research Festival

The O’BRAIN Lab pre­sent­ed a whoop­ing 4 posters at the 16th Leipzig Research Fes­ti­val of Life Sci­ences at the end of Jan­u­ary, with top­ics rang­ing from neur­al respons­es to food odors in obe­si­ty to diet-asso­ci­at­ed dif­fer­ences in periph­er­al dopamine pre­cur­sors. Many thanks to the pre­sent­ing O’BRAIN researchers Maria Poes­sel, Franzi...

Last call for study participation (in German only)

Until the end of Novem­ber we are look­ing for the last male vol­un­teers (Ger­man only) to com­plete our study on the influ­ence of fat and sug­ar on the brain. Help sci­ence and get in touch with us via 0341–9940 2629 or dopamin-diet@cbs.mpg.de. We are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing you!   

Welcome Minka

It’s our great plea­sure to wel­come our first Helsin­ki stu­dent to the team. Min­ka, who is a Mas­ter stu­dent of psy­chol­o­gy, will be inves­ti­gat­ing whether olfac­to­ry stim­u­la­tion influ­ences auto­mat­ic action ten­den­cies in obe­si­ty. We are very proud to have a first col­lab­o­ra­tion between our 2 labs as the data was...

Suse @ Helsinki

Autumn may be set­tling in but it’s a busy time at the O’BRAIN Lab. Annette joined the Leipzig Lab for a cou­ple of weeks before head­ing back to Helsin­ki, this time with Suse in tow. There, the two of them are busy suss­ing out the fin­er (prac­ti­cal) details of how...

Annette @ Helsinki

It’s offi­cial now: the O’BRAIN Lab has opened its Helsin­ki Head­quar­ters! Annette relo­cat­ed to the Finnish cap­i­tal in ear­ly August and will be inves­ti­gat­ing the inter­play of obe­si­ty and the brain there. We are very excit­ed to have a sis­ter lab in the Nordic coun­tries and are look­ing for­ward to...

Annette Horstmann awarded with the DAG research prize

A recent trip to Frank­furt for the 32nd Annu­al Con­fer­ence of the Ger­man Obe­si­ty Soci­ety (DAG: Deutsche Adi­posi­tas Gesellschaft) was a great suc­cess for the O’Brain Project: Annette Horstmann was award­ed with the DAG research prize 2016, hon­our­ing her recent work on the neu­ro­bi­ol­o­gy of obe­si­ty. Con­grat­u­la­tions! The team was...

Does it work this way? Annette’s model tried and tested

Annette’s pro­posed mod­el of how dopamin­er­gic tone varies (non-lin­ear­ly) across nor­mal weight, over­weight and obese peo­ple has been test­ed empir­i­cal­ly for the first time. Researchers in Spain con­duct­ed an fMRI exper­i­ment with which they con­firm Annette’s idea with real data: the reward sys­tem in the brain appears to func­tion dif­fer­ent­ly but sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly across peo­ple...

Article in Focus Online

The Ger­man week­ly news mag­a­zine “Focus” noticed the work of one of our PhD stu­dents, Nora Mehl. Annette Horstmann explains the fin­er details of the research in an inter­view here.

New Lab Coordinator

In March, our sci­en­tif­ic coor­di­na­tor Chris­t­ian Kalber­lah moved on to new pro­fes­sion­al shores after near­ly 3 years with the O’Brain Lab. Though we are sad to see him leave we are excit­ed about Christian’s new posi­tion at the DZL (Deutsches Zen­trum für Lun­gen­forschung | The Ger­man Cen­tre for Lung Research)....

IFB PhD Applications for 2016

The Inte­grat­ed Research and Treat­ment Cen­ter (IFB) announced the fund­ing pro­grams MD Pro_1 (Pro­mo­tion) and MD Pro_2 (your research project) for tal­ent­ed stu­dents in par­tic­u­lar in the field of med­i­cine. Dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Jan­u­ary 3rd, 2016. More infor­ma­tion can be found here.