Carleton University will host Science Café with speaker Prof. Alfonso Abizaid in the Department of Neuroscience discussing stress, and how under some circumstances, it can increase appetite and alter our metabolism to promote weight gain. He will describe how our gastrointestinal system communicates with our brain to produce these changes and meet the challenges posed by stressors.

When: Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

About the Speaker:

Abizaid is interested in the brain processes that integrate information from the environment to regulate feeding and energy balance. His Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funded research is focused on how metabolic hormones like ghrelin influence reward-seeking behaviours via actions on the brain systems related to rewards and fears. His Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded research examines how the hormone ghrelin influences feeding as a coping mechanism to mitigate the effects of chronic social stress. He is also interested in how prenatal factors like diet, environmental pollutants or gestational diabetes influence the development of brain systems implicated in the regulation of feeding and energy balance in their offspring.

About the Science Café

Come and virtually join us for a lively discussion around a scientific issue of the day. Be prepared to be informed, engaged and even amused, as our professors share their scientific discoveries with you. All are welcome. For more information, please contact the Faculty of Science by email at

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