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30 April 2014

Suzanne Dickson

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Dr. Suzanne L Dickson is Professor of Physiology/Neuroendocrinology at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2004-). 

She graduated first from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Honours) in Pharmacology (1993) and then from the University of Cambridge (UK) with a PhD in Neuroendocrinology (1996).  Prior to her current appointment, she held a tenured position as Senior Lecturer in Physiology at the University of Cambridge, UK (1996-2004).

Her current research focus is the role of the endocrine gut-brain axis in appetite control.  This work builds upon almost 20 years research exploring the central actions of ghrelin and, before its discovery, growth hormone secretagogues (now known to be ghrelin mimetics).

Her work was first to show that these ghrelin mimetics act in the brain, that they target an orexigenic system (the neuropeptide Y cells in the hypothalamus), that they are important for food intake and fat accumulation and, more recently, target brain reward pathways involved in feeding control.  She has coordinated three European Union large integrated projects, one of which (NeuroFAST) currently addresses the integrated neurobiology of food intake, reward and stress, involving 13 European research groups. provides its content to all media free of charge. We would appreciate if you could acknowledge as the source of the content.