Dr. Sclafani's research interests are in psychobiology of appetite and obesity. Current projects include research on the role of taste and gut nutrient receptors on food preferences and the brain neurochemical circuits mediating learned flavor preferences. Dr. Sclafani is a Past-President of both the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and the Obesity Society. He is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Society for Neuroscience and Association for Chemoreception Sciences. He currently has a National Institute of Health Research Reward and is a past recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Career Scientist Award.
Areas of Expertise:
The biopsychology of appetite, food preferences and obesity. Current research is focusing on the role of learning in the development of preferences for high-fat and high-sugar foods using animal models (rats, mice). Brain mechanisms mediating food appetite and preference learning are under investigation.