CANCELLED / POSTPONED! - Food for Thought: Exploring the link between eating, nutrition, neuroscience and psychology

We hope to reschedule this event for later in the year and will publicise changes then. If you would like to receive an email when this happens then please let James McCutcheon know (

We are delighted to announce that the Second Tromsø Symposium on Behavioral and Translational Neuroscience will take place on xxxxxxxxxxxx. This year our focus will be on the psychology and neuroscience that determine how the brain controls eating behavior.

Every day we make countless decisions about what foods to eat, how much food we should eat, and when to eat or refrain from eating. These decisions are influenced by a huge number of factors including the time of day, the social situation we find ourselves in, pleasure from the taste and smell of food, and even signals from our gut about the nutrients we have consumed. Our brain is ultimately responsible for integrating this complexity to produce appropriate eating behavior.

We have recruited four internationally renowned speakers to discuss the many facets of this topic. Annette Horstmann (University of Helsinki, Finland), Suzanne Higgs (University of Birmingham, UK), Denis Burdakov (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Susanne La Fleur (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) will each present a keynote lecture detailing their most recent and groundbreaking studies. Between them, their academic work spans research into both humans and rodents, and probes questions from the cognitive control of eating to the role of specific neurons in nutrient sensing and obesity.

In addition, there will be a session in which PhD and postdoctoral trainees from UiT and abroad present their exciting findings in short, 10-minute talks. The reception at the end of the day will be the perfect opportunity to network and meet the speaker. All talks will be in MH AUD-1 and a full program is below.


10:00 - Suzanne Higgs (Uni. Of Birmingham, UK)

  • The influence of consumption context on food choices.

11:00 - Annette Horstmann (Univ. Of Helsinki, Finland)

  • You are what you eat: the interplay of diet, dopamine & the brain.

13:00 - Denis Burdakov (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Control of action and cognition by hypothalamic nutrient-sensing neurons.

14:00 - Susanne La Fleur (Univ. Of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

  • Striatal dopamine and energy metabolism.

15:00 - Research talks by Trainees from UiT and beyond

  • Indrek Heinla, Patty Huijgens, Jaume Ferrar Lalanza, Giulia Chiacchierini
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Når: 02. april 2020 kl. 10.00–16.00
Hvor: MH AUD-1
Studiested: Tromsø
Målgruppe: ansatte, studenter, gjester / eksterne, inviterte
Kontakt: James McCutcheon