Miss Margaret Westwater

University position

PhD student
Supervised by Paul Fletcher

Departments

Department of Psychiatry

Institutes

Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute and Brain Mapping Unit

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

My primary scientific aim is to examine the interaction between peripheral metabolic signaling and neural activity in individuals with healthy and disordered eating behaviors. This work involves measurement of metabolic functioning (e.g., body composition, gut hormones), brain structure (cortical thickness), and brain activity using MRI. By using this integrated approach, I hope to identify mechanisms by which disturbances in gastrointestinal functioning modulate activity of brain regions involved in higher-order cognition and feeding behaviour. I am also particularly interested in the role of stress in eating disorders and related psychiatric disorders.

Research Focus

Keywords

eating disorders

bingeing

metabolism

cortical thickness

stress

Clinical conditions

Addiction

Eating disorders

Obesity

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Collaborators

Cambridge

Paul Fletcher

Jakob Seidlitz

Hisham Ziauddeen

Associated News Items


    Key publications

    Fischer, S, Breithaupt, LE, Wonderlich, JA, Westwater, ML, Thompson, JC, Crosby, RD, Engel, S, Lavender, J, & Wonderlich, SA. (2017), “Impact of the neural correlates of stress and cue reactivity on stress and binge eating in the natural environment” Journal of Psychiatric Research 92: 5-23

    Westwater ML, Fletcher PC & Ziauddeen H (2016), “Sugar addiction: The state of the science ” European Journal of Nutrition 55(2), 55 – 69. doi:10.1007/s00394-016-1229-6