Esther Aarts appointed as professor of Nutritional Neuroscience
Esther Aarts has been appointed as professor of Nutritional Neuroscience at the Faculty of Sciences with effect from 1 April 2022.
People take hundreds of food choices each day. At the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Aarts is conducting research into how motivation and control processes in the brain play a role in this. The food choices we make also affect the health of our brain. In her research, Aarts is deciphering how this takes place, such as via the immune system or intestinal bacteria. She is examining these body-brain connections using brain scans (functional MRI), biological measurements, and interventions with food supplements, medication, or lifestyle coaching.
“We can only understand and prevent major societal problems such as obesity and cognitive decline through interdisciplinary research,” says Aarts. “I want to contribute to this with my research at the intersection of biology, psychology, and brain sciences. I am therefore always looking for collaboration with experts in other disciplines and with parties who can implement the research in practice.”
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