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Grant to fund research on triggers of appetite

A grant of more than $400,000 has been awarded to an associate professor at SUNY College at Brockport to help determine the triggers of appetite and fight obesity, officials said.

Laurie Cook, associate professor of biology, received a grant of $404,345 from the National Science Foundation to further her research on the melanin-concentrating hormone and its effects on the maturation of fat cells.

With the grant, Cook plans to study fat cell size and number, changes in gene expression and cellular localization of proteins. She also is studying how sensitivity of fat cells to melanin-concentrating hormone changes as they mature.

“We are hoping to determine whether or not MCH could fix someone’s overstimulated appetite to either cure or treat obesity,” Cook said.

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