23rd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium

The Neurobiology of Eating Behavior in Obesity: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets

Thank you to all who attended this symposium!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
This event will be held virtually. All are welcome!
Registration for this event is free for all attendees.

The NORCH is pleased to announce the topic for our 2022 symposium, “The Neurobiology of Eating Behavior in Obesity: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets.” See below for the full list of speakers. Click here to access event agenda.

Speaker List

Agenda is subject to change. 


Steven Grinspoon, MD
Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard


Session 1: Pathways Governing Eating Behavior

Moderators: Vibha Singhal, MD, MPH and Frankie Heyward, PhD, Harvard Medical School

The Neural Basis for Hunger
Bradford B. Lowell, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Integration of Endocrine and Neuroimaging Techniques to Evaluate Food Motivation
Laura Holsen, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Gut-brain Communication in Control of Appetitive Behavior
Ivan E. de Araujo, DPhil
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Inflammatory Modulators of Food Consumption and Endocrine Action
Ellen Schur, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine, University of Washington

Gut Microbiota as a Key Regulator of Brain & Behaviour: Relevance to Obesity
John F. Cryan, PhD, MRIA
Vice President for Research & Innovation, University College Cork

Why did I eat that? Alterations in brain and behavior contributing to obesity
Carrie Ferrario Newman, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Michigan

The George L. Blackburn Keynote Lecture:

Biology of Appetite
Sadaf Farooqi, PhD, FRCP, FMedSci, FRS
Professor, University of Cambridge

Session 2: Targeted Interventions to Modulate Pathways

Moderators: Carmen Monthé-Drèze, MD and Franziska Plessow, PhD, Harvard Medical School

Lessons from Bariatric Surgery
Ali Tavakkoli, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

GLP-1 Analogues: Mechanisms for Appetite Effects
Jamy Ard, MD

Professor of Epidemiology and Prevention, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Intranasal Oxytocin Effects on Food Intake
Elizabeth Lawson, MD, MMSc
Associate Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Effects of Transcranial Stimulation on Eating Behaviors and Weight 
Marci E. Gluck, PhD
Director of Behavioral Sciences, NIH/NIDDK, Phoenix Epidemiology & Clinical Research Branch

Mechanisms of Compulsive Eating in Obesity
Paul Kenny, PhD

Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai