Author Archives: obesity_2014

O’BRAIN @ NIH

Annette will trav­el to the US next week to present as an invit­ed speak­er at a pres­ti­gious work­shop on Real-Time fMRI Neu­ro­feed­back at Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIH) in Bethes­da, MD (USA). Check out the line up and agen­da here.

We are hiring

We have an open posi­tion for a post-doc in our new lab in Helsin­ki; if you are look­ing for an excit­ing project inves­ti­gat­ing the link between cog­ni­tion, brain func­tion, and nutri­tion in humans, then check out our call here. The dead­line is 21. April, with reviews start­ing imme­di­ate­ly. Prospec­tive start...

Professor Horstmann

We are proud to announce that Annette Horstmann has been made Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor for Behav­iour­al and Brain Sci­ences at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Helsin­ki. From 1st Jan­u­ary 2019 Annette now also runs a lab in the slight­ly more North­ern parts of Europe, whilst main­tain­ing the sis­ter group in Leipzig. Con­grat­u­la­tions Annette!

New O’BRAIN Team Members

We are hap­py to wel­come 2 new team mem­bers: Franziska Rausch & Nora Breuer. They are both med­ical stu­dents who will pur­sue their MD the­ses work with us. Wel­come to the team!

Too much is not enough

We are proud to announce that Annette Horstmann has pub­lished an arti­cle (in Ger­man) in the mag­a­zine Spek­trum der Wis­senschaft, explain­ing how the brains of peo­ple with obe­si­ty are dif­fer­ent to the brains of peo­ple with nor­mal weight — and how that may explain why some peo­ple find it hard...

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)....