Marcelo O. Dietrich, M.D.
Marcelo O. Dietrich, M.D., is a postdoctoral associate in the department of comparative medicine at Yale University. His research focuses on the neurobiology of energy balance. He received his medical degree in 2007 from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and is a Ph.D. student in biochemistry at UFRGS, where he studies the molecular and biochemical pathways involved in brain mitochondrial respiration.
Wired for Hunger: The Brain and Obesity
Because food is not always plentiful, humans have evolved to eat whenever it is available. Researchers are starting to tease out the brain circuits that elicit this “eat” message, a network that may contribute to today’s widespread obesity. Effective obesity treatment likely will involve combination of drugs, in addition to psychological approaches and exercise—not just a single pill.