U of U Neurobiologist Gets Big Boost for Research

(KCPW News) A neurobiologist at the University of Utah is being hailed as one of the nation’s most promising early career scientists by the New York Stem Cell Foundation. Dr. Christopher Gregg is hoping to gain new insights into obesity, bulimia, anorexia and other disorders by studying the brain.

“I am trying to find pathways that might make you want to make you eat more or eat less for various different reasons. And once find those pathways and gain insight into how the brain solves that problem we can use that information to treat diseases like eating disorders, like obesity,” he explains.

Gregg is one for four researchers in the country to be named as a Robertson Neuroscience Investigator by the foundation. That means he’ll receive $300,000 each year for the next five years toward his research.

“They’ve given an enormous amount of support to a few investigators to try out their ideas and we were lucky enough to be picked this year and it is incredibly meaningful, because you get a lot of resources to try out experiments and ideas in the lab setting that would not really be affordable for a young investigator,” says Gregg.

Gregg is fairly new to the University of Utah, having joined the faculty just earlier this year.