Miss Margaret Westwater

Margaret Westwater

University position

MPhil 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

As a graduate student, 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 both fMRI and PET. By using this integrated approach, I hope to elucidate mechanisms by which diet alters gastrointestinal functioning to in turn modulate activity of brain regions involved in 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

Hisham Ziauddeen

International

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