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.
Fields of science
- HORIZON.1.1 - European Research Council (ERC) Main Programme