HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Wright State biologist studies birds to learn how our stomachs convey thoughts of hunger

A research biologist at Wright State University is studying rhythmic cycles in birds to learn if we have a physiological clock in our stomach that determines when we get hungry.

Thomas Van't Hof, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biological sciences, recently returned from Japan, where he presented lectures and conducted research on circadian (24-hour) rhythms in birds. He visited Okayama University of Science, a sister university of Wright State, plus the University of Tokyo and Nagoya University.

"We often think of our stomachs as having a clock," he said. "We anticipate food, and our gastrointestinal tract is prepared for food when it arrives. Our research investigates how this happens."

Van't Hof, who recently joined the Wright State faculty after nine years with the internationally-recognized Max-Planck Institute in Germany, said biological clocks in the brain, and maybe in the gut, guide hunger impulses and other daily activities in mammals and birds.

His research in Japan involved clock genes, or genes that cycle in a daily pattern, that are found in the gut. "We want to understand how the clock in the gut is sustained, the role of food and nutrition in sustaining the gut's rhythm and the role of melatonin, a chemical in the brain, in organizing the activity of the gut," he explained.

Van't Hof said the goal of his research is "to increase our understanding of these clocks in the gut with respect to metabolic conditions, and also to shed light on why we get hungry when we do and why we often eat more than we should."

The Wright State faculty member has presented several lectures on this topic in the past year in Japan and the U.S. and has been pursuing research on biological clocks for more than 10 years.


'"/>

Contact: Thomas Van't Hof
thomas.vanthof@wright.edu
937-775-2163
Wright State University
6-Jan-2004


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. DNA profiling is subject of two-day expert forum at Wright State
2. New Arizona State center brings science to policy on issues of water resources and urban growth
3. K-State, other universities to study how climate affects plant evolution
4. K-States National Agricultural Biosecurity Center receives $1.3 Million from Department of Defense
5. K-State professor combines love of teaching, research to examine eye development
6. K-State researcher working to improve alternatives to equine antibiotics
7. Lung cancer patients in Japan, United States react differently to the same chemotherapy regimen
8. K-State business researchers to help with major study on food supply veterinary medicine
9. K-State researchers share $1 million grant to study insect pests
10. UC Riverside professor to spend year with US State Department
11. American Lung Associations 2004 State of the Air report ranks cities and counties with dirty air

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/26/2020)... ... August 25, 2020 , ... Modality Solutions, a ... 2020 annual Inc. 5000 list. The list is the most prestigious ranking of the ... well, and for this year’s list, reported three-year revenue growth of 71 percent. ...
(Date:8/21/2020)... ... August 19, 2020 , ... The 19th ... life science, data science, informatics and IT leaders goes VIRTUAL and announces its ... uncertainty and change, Bio-IT takes the leadership role of keeping our life science ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Alucio™, a fast-growing provider of cloud-based software ... Jessica Wong have joined the company’s leadership team as Vice President of Engineering, ... development efforts for Alucio’s flagship product, Beacon, an innovative cloud-based content management and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... 09, 2020 , ... Sentien Biotechnologies, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology ... R. Nissenson, M.D., F.A.C.P., as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Nissenson will ... SBI-101. Dr. Nissenson serves as an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... , ... June 29, 2020 , ... ... to date growth of 40% in 2020, despite many obstacles created as a ... aims to increase revenue for its partnered medical practices and medical manufacturers by ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... , ... The Indoor Lab, a leading provider of sensor solutions for monitoring ... to ensure cleanliness, distancing and occupancy with its patent pending WipeAway™ technology using Artificial ... provide a health performance index system that scores all aspects of compliance similar to ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 26, 2020 , ... The ... today announced its strong opposition to the recently introduced bicameral Facial Recognition ... ban on most federal use of nearly all biometric and related image analytics ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: