cognitive, motivational, eating disorders, optogenetics, calcium Imaging, behavior
Neurobehavioural Dynamics Lab, ETH Zürich
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Eating disorders have become a major health and economic burden worldwide and the development of new treatments is urgently needed. One of the most common eating disorders is the binge eating disorder (BED). It is a severe, life threatening, and treatable eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort). The main goal of this thesis is to model binge eating in mice. We will assess whether binge eating will affect motivational behavior and cognitive performance. We will employ cognitive-behavioral investigations using touch-screen platform, which is a human-like cognitive screening. The goal is to investigate whether there is a behavioral pattern following a binge-eating regime. More specifically, which factors may modulate the vulnerability to develop abnormalities in eating behaviors? We will assess which neural circuits regulate binge eating employing in vivo photometry and optogenetics.
Education / Requirements
Currently enrolled in a Master's degree program, experienc in rodent handling, knowledgeable in neuroscience.
Dr. Daria Peleg-Raibstein email@example.com