Michael L Lutter, MD, PhD

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Psychiatry, FOE Diabetes Center
Associate 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.

“Iowa City is a semi - small town centralized around the University and conjoined Hospital. All of the amenities necessary are easily accessible. Iowa City holds an excellent night life and has an emphasis on local everything (coffee, food, etc..). As UIowa is a large university, there are endless activities to be had. The new rec and numerous trails satisfy your exercise and outdoor craving needs. Coming from the larger city of Pittsburgh, I would equate the cultures as both outgoing and open-minded. A more positive aspect of Iowa City over a larger city is the slower feel to the town. Graduate life can be very stressful, so the safety of the town and lack of a dense population make an already busy life easier to manage. ”