Current Perspectives on the Human Food Reward System

Washington, DC, USA
May 9, 2013

Sponsored by ILSI North America, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Monell Chemical Senses Center and the Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University

The goal of the workshop was to better understand and gain cross disciplinary perspectives on the current research in neurobiology of the human food reward systems. The workshop also examined current scientific basis and debate on food and addiction, and identified knowledge and research gaps, and future research and collaboration needs in human food reward systems.


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The following presentation slides and videos from the workshop are now available.

Integrative Regulation of Food Intake: The Role of Reward and Hedonic Aspects
Stephen C. Woods, PhD, The University of Cincinnati
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Cravings Versus Addiction: Challenges of Definition, Methodology, and Translation
Marcia Pelchat, PhD, Monell Chemical Senses Center
PDF | Video

Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology of Reward Systems in Animals and Humans
Patricia Sue Grigson, PhD, Penn State College of Medicine
PDF | Video 

Evidence that Both Drugs and Palatable Food Engage Reward Circuitry in a Manner that Prompts Escalated Intake
Eric Stice, PhD, University of Texas at Austin & The Oregon Research Institute
PDF | Video

Mechanism of the Feeding Systems in Humans: Close Examination of the Neurobiology Basis for Food Reward and its Relationship with Other Rewarding Substances: A Case for Caution in Current Interpretations, Comparisons and Definitions
Sadaf Farooqi, PhD, FRCP, Cambridge University

Cognitive Control of Food Reward and Translational Applications
Miguel Alonso-Alonso, MD, Harvard Medical School
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Building a Framework and Collective Strategies for Future Research and Collaboration in Food Intakes and Reward
Moderators: Gary Beauchamp, PhD, Monell Chemical Senses Center and Rick Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD, Purdue University