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Ninth International Conference; Paris, France; 2017

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Invited Paper Session #66
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Food Intake Behavior and Eating Disorders: Inputs of Animal Models
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Scene AB, Niveau 0
Area: PRA
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Vinca Riviere, Ph.D.
Chair: Vinca Riviere (University of Lille )
ODILE VILTART (Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 1)
Dr. Odile Viltart is currently an associate professor at the University of Lille 1. She has served as a referee for Pediatric Research, Journal of Applied Physiology, Hormones and Behavior, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Europoean Child and Adolescent Psychology, and several other journals. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters.
Abstract: Feeding is a behavior essential for survival of every living organism. It guarantees adequate and varied supply of nutriments to maintain appropriate energy levels for basal metabolism, physical activity, growth, and reproduction. In mammals, the maintenance of a high metabolic rate to preserve constant temperature requires constant availability of a sufficient amount of energy stores. The balance between energy demand and expenditure is finely tuned by a constant dialog between homeostatic and hedonic brain systems, and peripheral signals to regulate feeding behavior and energy homeostasis. Understanding mechanisms that control feeding behavior remain a current and crucial scientific subject for understanding both etiology and potential therapeutic approaches of eating disorders that include some forms of obesity, on one hand, and severe forms of anorexia nervosa (AN) on the other. The purpose of this presentation is to describe some of the current animal models used to better understand the feeding behavior and eating disorders with a special focus on AN.
Target Audience: Board certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify the complexity of food intake behavior, from homeostasis to motivation; (2) identify how animal models can be used to better apprehend behavioral dysfunction in eating disorders; (3) discuss the validity of animal models to understand human diseases.



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