Michael L Lutter, MD, PhD

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Psychiatry, FOE Diabetes Center
Assistant Professor
Summary statement: 

Neural basis of feeding and disordered eating

Office phone: 
(319) 353-5425
Office number: 
B020A
Office building: 
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Lab phone: 
(319) 353-5425
Lab room number: 
B020
Lab building: 
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The focus of my research is on the bi-directional relationship between psychiatric disorders and metabolic diseases. In recent years it has become increasingly recognized that a relationship exists between the development of certain psychiatric disorders, such as Major Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Anorexia Nervosa, and metabolic disturbances. I intend to establish a unique scientific contribution by combining my previous training in biochemistry with new skills in neuroscience to answer fundamental questions about the causation and treatment of psychiatric disorders with an emphasis on metabolic signaling pathways.

“I love living in Iowa City! While it is a small town, there are plenty of cultural events going on all the time. Obviously, one of the most important aspects to me is the music scene. The music venues in Iowa City work hard to constantly bring in nationally-touring up-and-coming bands. The Blue Moose, Gabes, The Mill, and the Yacht Club have live music almost nightly, so you always have an opportunity to see a great show. The Bijou is an indie movie theater that shows awesome films for only $3. With the Writers' Workshop here, authors are frequently brought in to do readings and book talks, and the Iowa City Public Library is fantastic. The best thing about all of these is that they are cheap! Honestly, I am NEVER bored here! ”