Obesity Research at Liverpool (ORAL) – The Human Ingestive Behaviour (Kissileff) Laboratory

Appetite and obesity research at Liverpool examines the factors that determine eating behaviour and food choice and interventions to prevent and treat obesity.  Research includes nutritional and behavioural approaches to weight management, functional foods and appetite control, satiety, reward and inhibitory control, processes underpinning consumer decision making, household food insecurity, food marketing and child health including early eating experiences and the development of dietary behaviour. The Human Ingestive Behaviour (Kissielff) laboratory is a purpose built suite of rooms designed for the experimental study of human eating behaviour. It provides possibly the largest dedicated academic facility of its kind in the UK. It contains a research kitchen, assessment rooms,  boothed testing rooms,  biological sampling rooms and an associated bioassay (wet) laboratory, a media analysis suite, a social eating laboratory, an infant-feeding laboratory and a participant lounge.  Key equipment includes iDXA for whole body composition analysis, Universal eating monitors for automated food intake measurement and appetite evaluation, observational equipment for monitoring mother-infant diads, eye-tracking, EEG, fMRI and digital recording equipment and satellite television (UK and Europe) for monitoring food marketing activity. These facilities have been added to with the opening of the new Brain and Behaviour laboratory which provides a further research kitchen, assessment room, wet laboratory, testing rooms and EEG facilities.  Key projects include SATIN, SWITCH and IKnowFood.

Contact – Dr Joanne Harrold (harrold@liverpool.ac.uk)- Appetite and Obesity research group co-ordinator.