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Georgia State researcher examines how your brain talks to blubber

More than three decades ago, biologist Timothy Bartness studied how Siberian hamsters fattened up during the summer and early fall to prepare for winter food shortages. Curious about the idea of the brain telling the body to plump up, Bartness developed an interest in obesity research. He now directs Georgia State University’s Center for Obesity Reversal and recently received a $2.5 million award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study how the body breaks down fat.

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