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Hormone harmony: hunger and sex

Thursday 23rd November 2017 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00


Waljit Dhillo, Professor in Endocrinology & Metabolism, Imperial College London

Everyone is welcome to attend this open lecture.

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Our understanding of how different hormones trigger reactions in the brain has led to the development of 'hunger hormones' that limit people's desire for food on the one hand and on the other hormones which control reproduction and will lead to potential new treatments for infertility.

Professor Dhillo’s research investigates novel aspects of endocrine control of obesity and reproductive function.

His research has focused on understanding the neuroendocrine mechanisms which are important in the regulation of food intake. The regulation of body weight is complex and requires control of both food intake and energy expenditure. Gut hormones can powerfully reduce appetite and increase energy expenditure.

Professor Dhillo's research investigates the mechanisms by which gut hormones mediate their effect.

He has shown that administration of gut hormones to human volunteers can alter neuronal activity in brain reward areas which control food intake.

He was awarded the Royal College of Physicians Linacre Medal for this work. These findings have identified CNS pathways which have potential as novel targets for the development of anti-obesity drugs.

Professor Dhillo’s recent translational research has identified the novel hormone kisspeptin as a potential novel therapy for infertility.

Professor Dhillo has carried out the ‘first time into human’ studies of kisspeptin. He has shown that kisspeptin potently stimulates reproductive hormone release in human male and female volunteers. This work was awarded the American Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Clinical Research and the British Society for Neuroscience Investigator Prize. Professor Dhillo has also shown that kisspeptin administration potently increased reproductive hormone release in women with infertility due to hypothalamic amenorrhea. Recently Professor Dhillo has shown for the first time in women with infertility that kisspeptin can be used safely and effectively in IVF treatment.

He was been awarded the Royal College of Physicians Goulstonian Lectureship (2010) and the Society for Endocrinology Medal (2015) for this work.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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