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.

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