Dr. Jennifer Nasser's Nutrition Research Lab
Our team is currently running several studies that include researching a dopamine-related mechanism for binge eating in obese humans, the association between food intake recollection and food deprivation state, and preventing weight gain in people taking antipsychotic medication with gum chewing. and See our LAB PROJECTS section for a more detailed description of all our research studies
This research is currently funded by a combination of grants from NIH, The Obesity Society and start-up funds from the Office of the Provost, Drexel University.
We are planning to conduct research on taste preference for fat and sugar combinations of varying compositions as a way of developing a method for maximixing eating pleasure while reducing caloric intake. We are also planning to conduct research with a new technology, functional Near-Infrared Based Optical Brain Monitor (fNIR), which can detect differences in oxygen consumption and blood volume in the prefrontal cortex to assess cognitive function. We will be using this to evaluate the differential effect of hyperketonemia verses glycemia on cognitive function and central neuronal activity in humans. Evidence of beneficial effects of ketonemia on cognition may suggest the usefulness of a ketogenic diet on cognition in children with autism, and the elderly with early cognitive decline.
To learn more about fNIR, please visit http://www.biomed.drexel.edu/fnir/Contents/brain_imaging/.
The research team currently consists of Dr. Nasser, a full time Research Assistant/Lab Manager, a part-time Research Assistant/MS student, 1 doctoral student, 1 MS student and 3 undergraduate students. Please see our LAB PERSONNEL section for more information on team members.
Dr. Nasser is planning to take 1-2 doctoral students to begin in the 2010-2011 academic year. Please see our PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS INFORMATION PAGE.