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The Insula-Body Loop for Neural Control of Gut Physiology

Project description

Dissecting the body-brain crosstalk

Our brain constantly receives and processes sensory information from the body to regulate key functions. The insular cortex is a brain structure that is important for processing sensory information from within the body, as well as for taste, taking centre stage in the brain’s interoceptive network. The EU-funded InsulaBodyLoop project will focus on how the insular cortex regulates metabolic function and eating behaviour. Researchers will address key aspects regarding the crosstalk between the brain and the gastrointestinal system. Moreover, they will answer questions related to the role of taste and smell in food consumption processes such as salivation and insulin release. Overall, project results will provide important insight into body-brain interactions that maintain our physical and mental health.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 500 000,00
Herzl Street 234
7610001 Rehovot

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 500 000,00