Dr. Avena's Food Addiction Research

$1,925 of $100k goal

Raised by 8 people in 16 months
Nicole Avena-Blanchard  NEW YORK, NY
Hi, my name is Dr. Nicole Avena and I am a research neuroscientist at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Over the past several years, I have been conducting important research on food and addiction. My research focuses on understanding the brain reward systems and the motivation to eat.

Recently, I have added a clinical dimension to my studies, in which we use scales to assess “addiction-like” responses to food in patients with disordered eating patterns. This important work is changing lives, and helping those who struggle with excessive overeating.

Overall, my goal is to develop a comprehensive program of research focused on understanding the reward-based brain abnormalities found in obesity and other feeding disorders. It is paramount to educate the public on how sugar affects the brain, which is what prompted me to do a TedEd talk last year.

Although we have made some key discoveries that have allowed this new and exciting field to emerge and flourish, funding from the federal government is hard to get, and obviously the food industry does not want to support our research- especially when you are studying something so controversial like food addiction. Plus, Senator Flake (AZ) just released his annual Federal Wastebook, where he has the audacity to call our work on food addiction “wasteful!” It’s shameful that someone in government would allow their financial ties to McDonalds cloud their judgment and deem it wasteful to study the second leading cause of preventable death in the US, obesity.

Remember, we need these scientific findings to support our efforts to make changes to our national food system, and every tax-deductible donation goes towards making these efforts a reality!

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$1,925 of $100k goal

Raised by 8 people in 16 months
Created December 7, 2015
Nicole Avena-Blanchard  
Cynthia Myers-Morrison
2 months ago
Claudette Tableman
15 months ago
Joan Ifland
16 months ago

This work is vital to persuading scientists and health professionals that processed food addiction is a serious disease. We cannot go forward without the evidence.

Susan Weiss
16 months ago
dor mullen
16 months ago
Fit Armadillo
16 months ago

Thanks for all the work you do! It's so important to have science and research guide our understanding of these issues.

. Private Medical Service, Inc
16 months ago
Reeger Cortell
16 months ago

Keep up the important work.

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