Miss Margaret Westwater
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.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)