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Tups Lab

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Research interests

  • Neuroendocrine regulation of metabolism; in particular, understanding how the adiposity signals, leptin and insulin interact in the hypothalamus to maintain energy homeostasis
  • Identification of novel pathways that are involved in the neuroendocrine control of glucose metabolism.
  • Neuroendocrinology of nutrition related diseases: What is the link between type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease?

Keywords

Gene therapy, nutritional interventions, obesity, metabolic disorders

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Current funding

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Previous funding

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Selected publications

McEwen, H. J. L., Cognard, E., Ladyman, S. R., Khant-Aung, Z., Tups, A., Shepherd, P. R., & Grattan, D. R. (2018). Feeding and GLP-1 receptor activation stabilize beta-catenin in specific hypothalamic nuclei in male rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12607

Sergi, D., Campbell, F. M., Grant, C., Morris, A. C., Bachmair, E.-M., Koch, C., … Tups, A., & Williams, L. M. (2018). SerpinA3N is a novel hypothalamic gene upregulated by a high-fat diet and leptin in mice 06 Biological Sciences 0604 Genetics. Genes & Nutrition, 13, 28. doi: 10.1186/s12263-018-0619-1

Loehfelm, A., Boucsein, A., Pretz, D., & Tups, A. (2018). Timing matters: Circadian effects on energy homeostasis and Alzheimer's disease. Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.tem.2018.12.001

Rizwan, M. Z., Shepherd, P., Tups, A., & Grattan, D. (2018). Stabilization of beta-catenin in mouse hypothalamic cell lines. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN). (pp. 348-349). Retrieved from http://www.icn2018.org/

Loehfelm, A., & Tups, A. (2018). Effects of the saturated fatty acid palmitate on neuronal morphology and function. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN). (pp. 211). Retrieved from http://www.icn2018.org/

Tups, A., Benzler, J., Sergi, D., Ladyman, S. R., & Williams, L. M. (2017). Central regulation of glucose homeostasis. Comprehensive Physiology, 7(2), 741-764. doi: 10.1002/cphy.c160015

Rizwan, M. Z., Mehlitz, S., Grattan, D. R., & Tups, A. (2017). Temporal and regional onset of leptin resistance in diet-induced obese mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 29(10), e12481. doi: 10.1111/jne.12481

Loehfelm, A., Elder, M., Williams, J., & Tups, A. (2017, September). Effects of fatty acids on neuronal morphology and function: Implications for Alzheimer’s disease. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Boucsein, A., Rizwan, M., & Tups, A. (2017, September). Circadian rhythmicity of leptin sensitivity in the hypothalamus. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Helfer, G., & Tups, A. (2016). Hypothalamic Wnt signalling and its role in energy balance regulation. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 28. doi: 10.1111/jne.12368

Boucsein, A., Benzler, J., Hempp, C., Stöhr, S., Helfer, G., & Tups, A. (2016). Photoperiodic and diurnal regulation of WNT signaling in the arcuate nucleus of the female Djungarian hamster, Phodopus sungorus. Endocrinology, 157(2), 799-809. doi: 10.1210/en.2015-1708

Rizwan, M. Z., Skinner, N., Mehlitz, S., & Tups, A. (2016). Temporal and regional onset of leptin resistance in diet induced obese mice. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 35). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Loehfelm, A., Tups, A., & Mueller, U. (2016). Rapid effects of neurosteroids DHEA, 7α-OH-DHEA and 7β-OH-DHEA on the ACh-induced calcium-influx in honeybee (Apis mellifera) kenyon cells. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 49). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Tups, A., Boucsein, A., Skinner, N., & Rizwan, M. (2016). Leptin resistance: Cause or consequence of hypothalamic inflammation? In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 63). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Boucsein, A., Rizwan, M., Skinner, N., & Tups, A. (2016). Temporal rhythms of metabolic pathways in the hypothalamus. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. 34, (pp. 64). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Kamstra, K., Benzler, M., & Tups, A. (2016). The role of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids in neuro-inflammation and insulin sensitivity in a hypothalamic cell culture system. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 51). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Skinner, N., Rizwan, M. Z., & Tups, A. (2016). Effect of circadian rhythms on leptin sensitivity. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 37). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Tups, A. (2016, August-September). Brain inflammation and its essential role in obesity, type 2 diabetes and cognition. Verbal presentation at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meetings, Nelson, New Zealand.

Stark, R., Reichenbach, A., Lockie, S. H., Pracht, C., Wu, Q., Tups, A., & Andrews, Z. B. (2015). Acyl ghrelin acts in the brain to control liver function and peripheral glucose homeostasis in male mice. Endocrinology, 156(3), 858-868. doi: 10.1210/en.2014-1733

Benzler, J., Ganjam, G. K., Pretz, D., Oelkrug, R., Koch, C. E., Legler, K., … Tups, A. (2015). Central inhibition of IKKβ/NF-κB signalling attenuates high-fat diet–induced obesity and glucose intolerance. Diabetes, 64, 2015-2027. doi: 10.2337/db14-0093

Boucsein, A., Benzler, J., Hempp, C., Helfer, G., & Tups, A. (2015, August-September). Photoperiodic regulation of Wnt signalling in the arcuate nucleus of the Djungarian hamster, Phodopus sungorus. Poster session presented at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Tups, A. (2015, August-September). Leptin resistance and its implication in body weight and glucose homeostasis. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Tups, A. (2015, June). Hypothalamic inflammation, a hallmark for obesity and type II diabetes? Verbal presentation at the 9th Annual Brain Health Research Centre Conference: Science for a Healthy Brain, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Koch, C. E., Lowe, C., Pretz, D., Steger, J., Williams, L. M., & Tups, A. (2014). High-fat diet induces leptin resistance in leptin-deficient mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 26(2), 58-67. doi: 10.1111/jne.12131

Briggs, D. I., Lockie, S. H., Benzler, J., Wu, Q., Stark, R., Reichenbach, A., … Tups, A., & Andrews, Z. B. (2014). Evidence that diet-induced hyperleptinemia, but not hypothalamic gliosis, causes ghrelin resistance in NPY/AgRP neurons of male mice. Endocrinology, 155(7), 2411-2422. doi: 10.1210/en.2013-1861

Journal - Research Article

McEwen, H. J. L., Cognard, E., Ladyman, S. R., Khant-Aung, Z., Tups, A., Shepherd, P. R., & Grattan, D. R. (2018). Feeding and GLP-1 receptor activation stabilize beta-catenin in specific hypothalamic nuclei in male rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12607

Sergi, D., Campbell, F. M., Grant, C., Morris, A. C., Bachmair, E.-M., Koch, C., … Tups, A., & Williams, L. M. (2018). SerpinA3N is a novel hypothalamic gene upregulated by a high-fat diet and leptin in mice 06 Biological Sciences 0604 Genetics. Genes & Nutrition, 13, 28. doi: 10.1186/s12263-018-0619-1

Tups, A., Benzler, J., Sergi, D., Ladyman, S. R., & Williams, L. M. (2017). Central regulation of glucose homeostasis. Comprehensive Physiology, 7(2), 741-764. doi: 10.1002/cphy.c160015

Rizwan, M. Z., Mehlitz, S., Grattan, D. R., & Tups, A. (2017). Temporal and regional onset of leptin resistance in diet-induced obese mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 29(10), e12481. doi: 10.1111/jne.12481

Helfer, G., & Tups, A. (2016). Hypothalamic Wnt signalling and its role in energy balance regulation. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 28. doi: 10.1111/jne.12368

Boucsein, A., Benzler, J., Hempp, C., Stöhr, S., Helfer, G., & Tups, A. (2016). Photoperiodic and diurnal regulation of WNT signaling in the arcuate nucleus of the female Djungarian hamster, Phodopus sungorus. Endocrinology, 157(2), 799-809. doi: 10.1210/en.2015-1708

Stark, R., Reichenbach, A., Lockie, S. H., Pracht, C., Wu, Q., Tups, A., & Andrews, Z. B. (2015). Acyl ghrelin acts in the brain to control liver function and peripheral glucose homeostasis in male mice. Endocrinology, 156(3), 858-868. doi: 10.1210/en.2014-1733

Benzler, J., Ganjam, G. K., Pretz, D., Oelkrug, R., Koch, C. E., Legler, K., … Tups, A. (2015). Central inhibition of IKKβ/NF-κB signalling attenuates high-fat diet–induced obesity and glucose intolerance. Diabetes, 64, 2015-2027. doi: 10.2337/db14-0093

Koch, C. E., Lowe, C., Pretz, D., Steger, J., Williams, L. M., & Tups, A. (2014). High-fat diet induces leptin resistance in leptin-deficient mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 26(2), 58-67. doi: 10.1111/jne.12131

Briggs, D. I., Lockie, S. H., Benzler, J., Wu, Q., Stark, R., Reichenbach, A., … Tups, A., & Andrews, Z. B. (2014). Evidence that diet-induced hyperleptinemia, but not hypothalamic gliosis, causes ghrelin resistance in NPY/AgRP neurons of male mice. Endocrinology, 155(7), 2411-2422. doi: 10.1210/en.2013-1861

Williams, L. M., Campbell, F. M., Drew, J. E., Koch, C., Hoggard, N., Rees, W. D., … Tups, A. (2014). The development of diet-induced obesity and glucose intolerance in C57BL/6 mice on a high-fat diet consists of distinct phases. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e106159. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106159

Koch, C. E., Lowe, C., Legler, K., Benzler, J., Boucsein, A., Böttiger, G., Grattan, D. R., … Tups, A. (2014). Central adiponectin acutely improves glucose tolerance in male mice. Endocrinology, 155(5), 1806-1816. doi: 10.1210/en.2013-1734

Penzkofer, D., Bonauer, A., Fischer, A., Tups, A., Brandes, R. P., Zeiher, A. M., & Dimmeler, S. (2014). Phenotypic characterization of miR-92a-/- mice reveals an important function of miR-92a in skeletal development. PLoS ONE, 9(6), e101153. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101153

Koch, C. E., Göddeke, S., Krüger, M., & Tups, A. (2013). Effect of central and peripheral leucine on energy metabolism in the Djungarian hamster (Phodopus sungorus). Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 183(2), 261-268. doi: 10.1007/s00360-012-0699-y

Ganjam, G. K., Benzler, J., Pinkenburg, O., Boucsein, A., Stöhr, S., Steger, J., … Tups, A. (2013). Overexpression of suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 in the arcuate nucleus of juvenile Phodopus sungorus alters seasonal body weight changes. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 183(8), 1101-1111. doi: 10.1007/s00360-013-0772-1

Koch, C. E., Ganjam, G. K., Steger, J., Legler, K., Stöhr, S., Schumacher, D., … Tups, A. (2013). The dietary flavonoids naringenin and quercetin acutely impair glucose metabolism in rodents possibly via inhibition of hypothalamic insulin signalling. British Journal of Nutrition, 109(6), 1040-1051. doi: 10.1017/s0007114512003005

Benzler, J., Andrews, Z. B., Pracht, C., Stöhr, S., Shepherd, P. R., Grattan, D. R., & Tups, A. (2013). Hypothalamic WNT signalling is impaired during obesity and reinstated by leptin treatment in male mice. Endocrinology, 154(12), 4737-4745. doi: 10.1210/en.2013-1746

Benzler, J., Ganjam, G. K., Legler, K., Stöhr, S., Krüger, M., Steger, J., & Tups, A. (2013). Acute inhibition of central c-Jun N-terminal kinase restores hypothalamic insulin signalling and alleviates glucose intolerance in diabetic mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 25(5), 446-454. doi: 10.1111/jne.12018

Tups, A., Stöhr, S., Helwig, M., Barrett, P., Krol, E., Schachtner, J., … Klingenspor, M. (2012). Seasonal leptin resistance is associated with impaired signalling via JAK2-STAT3 but not ERK, possibly mediated by reduced hypothalamic GRB2 protein. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 182(4), 553-567. doi: 10.1007/s00360-011-0637-4

Benzler, J., Ganjam, G. K., Krüger, M., Pinkenburg, O., Kutschke, M., Stöhr, S., … Grattan, D. R., & Tups, A. (2012). Hypothalamic glycogen synthase kinase 3β has a central role in the regulation of food intake and glucose metabolism. Biochemical Journal, 447(1), 175-184. doi: 10.1042/bj20120834

Koch, C., Augustine, R. A., Steger, J., Ganjam, G. K., Benzler, J., Pracht, C., … Anderson, G. M., Grattan, D. R., & Tups, A. (2010). Leptin rapidly improves glucose homeostasis in obese mice by increasing hypothalamic insulin sensitivity. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(48), 16180-16187. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3202-10.2010

Tups, A., Anderson, G. M., Rizwan, M., Augustine, R. A., Chaussade, C., Shepherd, P. R., & Grattan, D. R. (2010). Both p110α and p110β isoforms of phosphatidylinositol 3-OH-kinase are required for insulin signalling in the hypothalamus. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 22(6), 534-542. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2010.01975.x

Tups, A. (2009). Physiological models of leptin resistance [Young investigator perspective]. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 21(11), 961-971. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2009.01916.x

Helwig, M., Archer, Z. A., Heldmaier, G., Tups, A., Mercer, J. G., & Klingenspor, M. (2009). Photoperiodic regulation of satiety mediating neuropeptides in the brainstem of the seasonal Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus). Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 195(7), 631-642. doi: 10.1007/s00359-009-0438-3

Ladyman, S. R., Tups, A., Augustine, R. A., Swahn-Azavedo, A., Kokay, I. C., & Grattan, D. R. (2009). Loss of hypothalamic response to leptin during pregnancy associated with development of melanocortin resistance. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 21(5), 449-456. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2009.01862.x

Quennell, J. H., Mulligan, A. C., Tups, A., Liu, X., Phipps, S. J., Kemp, C. J., Herbison, A. E., Grattan, D. R., & Anderson, G. M. (2009). Leptin indirectly regulates gonadotropin-releasing hormone neuronal function. Endocrinology, 150(6), 2805-2812. doi: 10.1210/en.2008-1693

Król, E., Tups, A., Archer, Z. A., Ross, A. W., Moar, K. M., Bell, L. M., … Speakman, J. R. (2007). Altered expression of SOCS3 in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus during seasonal body mass changes in the field vole, Microtus agrestis. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 19(2), 83-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2006.01507.x

Tups, A., Helwig, M., Stöhr, S., Barrett, P., Mercer, J. G., & Klingenspor, M. (2006). Photoperiodic regulation of insulin receptor mRNA and intracellular insulin signaling in the arcuate nucleus of the Siberian hamster, Phodopus sungorus. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology, 291(3), R643-R650. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00807.2005

Helwig, M., Khorooshi, R. M. H., Tups, A., Barrett, P., Archer, Z. A., Exner, C., … Klingenspor, M. (2006). PC1/3 and PC2 gene expression and post-translational endoproteolytic pro-opiomelanocortin processing is regulated by photoperiod in the seasonal Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus). Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 18(6), 413-425. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2006.01431.x

Tups, A., Barrett, P., Cross, A. W., Morgan, P. J., Klingenspor, M., & Mercer, J. G. (2006). The suppressor of cytokine signalling 3, SOCS3, may be one critical modulator of seasonal body weight changes in the Siberian hamster, Phodopus sungorus. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 18, 139-145. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2005.01394.x

Tups, A., Ellis, C., Moar, K. M., Logie, T. J., Adam, C. L., Mercer, J. G., & Klingenspor, M. (2004). Photoperiodic regulation of leptin sensitivity in the Siberian hamster, Phodopus sungorus, is reflected in arcuate nucleus SOCS-3 (suppressor of cytokine signaling) gene expression. Endocrinology, 145(3), 1185-1193. doi: 10.1210/en.2003-1382

Tups, A., Helwig, M., Khorooshi, R. M. H., Archer, Z. A., Klingenspor, M., & Mercer, J. G. (2004). Circulating ghrelin levels and central ghrelin receptor expression are elevated in response to food deprivation in a seasonal mammal (Phodopus sungorus). Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 16(11), 922-928. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2004.01251.x

Tups, A. (2003). The leptin resistance paradox: Molecular dissection of leptin signalling pathways in the central nervous system. BIF Futura, 18, 107-108.

Mercer, J. G., & Tups, A. (2003). Neuropeptides and anticipatory changes in behaviour and physiology: Seasonal body weight regulation in the Siberian hamster. European Journal of Pharmacology, 480, 43-50.

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Journal - Research Other

Loehfelm, A., Boucsein, A., Pretz, D., & Tups, A. (2018). Timing matters: Circadian effects on energy homeostasis and Alzheimer's disease. Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.tem.2018.12.001

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Rizwan, M. Z., Shepherd, P., Tups, A., & Grattan, D. (2018). Stabilization of beta-catenin in mouse hypothalamic cell lines. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN). (pp. 348-349). Retrieved from http://www.icn2018.org/

Loehfelm, A., & Tups, A. (2018). Effects of the saturated fatty acid palmitate on neuronal morphology and function. Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN). (pp. 211). Retrieved from http://www.icn2018.org/

Rizwan, M. Z., Skinner, N., Mehlitz, S., & Tups, A. (2016). Temporal and regional onset of leptin resistance in diet induced obese mice. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 35). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Skinner, N., Rizwan, M. Z., & Tups, A. (2016). Effect of circadian rhythms on leptin sensitivity. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 37). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Kamstra, K., Benzler, M., & Tups, A. (2016). The role of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids in neuro-inflammation and insulin sensitivity in a hypothalamic cell culture system. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 51). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Boucsein, A., Rizwan, M., Skinner, N., & Tups, A. (2016). Temporal rhythms of metabolic pathways in the hypothalamus. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. 34, (pp. 64). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Tups, A., Boucsein, A., Skinner, N., & Rizwan, M. (2016). Leptin resistance: Cause or consequence of hypothalamic inflammation? In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 63). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Loehfelm, A., Tups, A., & Mueller, U. (2016). Rapid effects of neurosteroids DHEA, 7α-OH-DHEA and 7β-OH-DHEA on the ACh-induced calcium-influx in honeybee (Apis mellifera) kenyon cells. In B. Leitch (Ed.), Proceedings of the 34th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research. (pp. 49). AWCBR. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/awcbr

Quennell, J. H., Tups, A., & Anderson, G. M. (2007). Leptin action on neurons is required for normal puberty onset. Endocrine Journal. 54(Suppl.), (pp. 105). [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Boucsein, A., Benzler, J., Hempp, C., Helfer, G., & Tups, A. (2015, August-September). Photoperiodic regulation of Wnt signalling in the arcuate nucleus of the Djungarian hamster, Phodopus sungorus. Poster session presented at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Loehfelm, A., Elder, M., Williams, J., & Tups, A. (2017, September). Effects of fatty acids on neuronal morphology and function: Implications for Alzheimer’s disease. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Boucsein, A., Rizwan, M., & Tups, A. (2017, September). Circadian rhythmicity of leptin sensitivity in the hypothalamus. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Tups, A. (2016, August-September). Brain inflammation and its essential role in obesity, type 2 diabetes and cognition. Verbal presentation at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meetings, Nelson, New Zealand.

Tups, A. (2015, August-September). Leptin resistance and its implication in body weight and glucose homeostasis. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Tups, A. (2015, June). Hypothalamic inflammation, a hallmark for obesity and type II diabetes? Verbal presentation at the 9th Annual Brain Health Research Centre Conference: Science for a Healthy Brain, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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