The basic research interests of the section have been dedicated to inter-disciplinary approaches to metabolic research with particular interest in evaluating mechanisms of action by which nutritional interventions enhance insulin sensitivity in muscle and adipose tissue. In this regard, the section’s faculty are involved in basic laboratory investigation and mechanisms operable in both animal models and human subjects. Interventions currently being evaluated include work on the trace mineral chromium and specific bioactives.
In addition, experiments are being conducted to determine the mechanisms involved in the oral sensing of dietary fat in animal models. Experiments are also ongoing which investigate the important relationship between feeding and reproductive behaviors, particularly investigating neuropeptides that affect the consumption of energy dense foods.