CZ:(U00984) Appetite and Obesity, University of Edinburgh 2009

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Instructors: Prof Gareth Leng, Dr Celine Caquineau

About the ‘Appetite and Obesity’ course

‘Appetite and Obesity’ is an elective course from the Honours Medical biology programme in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK. The overall theme of the course is the study of the body homeostasis and the epidemiology of obesity with a focus on understanding current trends in obesity research.

Project description

The project is to write an article on a chosen topic related to obesity research working in groups of max 4. At the end of the course, articles will be released on Citizendium, until then articles will be locked from editing by other citizens.

Project schedule and deadlines

29.09.09: Tutorial 1.

13.10.09: References list updated. Your article should present a bibliography with an extract of the abstract for each references illustrating why the paper has been chosen. For an example of how your references list should look like:Recovered memory/Bibliography

27.10.09: Rough draft due. Your article should have an introduction and at least a detailed plan with sections subheadings. You should have decided what picture(s) or diagram(s) to be included.

3.11.09: Peer reviews due. Leave your comments on each course article's Talk page.

17.11.09: Final draft due. Your main article should be finalised, picture and diagram included. For an example how your article could look like: Edinburgh. Bibliography, Related articles and External links pages should be updated. For an example of how your article's subpages should look like: Biology/Related Articles and Biology/External Links

24.11.09: Tutorial 2: Feedback session, Peer reviews due.

Week 11: Articles released on Citizendium.

Articles topics

Please select the topic you want to work on by signing your name (using 4 tildes) on the article's talkpage.

Task: Cover the evidence for a genetic component to obesity in humans
Task: Cover the evidence that obesity is a risk factor for major diseases
Task: Cover the evidence (including genetics) that obesity is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes
Task: Cover the evidence that exercise is linked to a long-term reduction in body weight and the mechanisms by which that may occur.
Task: Cover the mechanisms of actions of existing drug treatments.
Task: Cover the regulation of energy expenditure. See also metabolism.
Task: Cover the neural and endocrine pathways by which information reaches the brain from the GI tract.
  • Developed Article Food reward [r]: The brain mechanisms involved in reinforcing feeding behaviour. [e]
Task: Cover the evidence of how the motivation to eat is regulated, especially by the dopamine 'reward' systems of the midbrain.
Task: Discuss the mechanisms by which surgical intervention is thought to result in weight loss; especially discuss the relative effectivenesss of surgery and diets.

Help and 'How to'

For tips on how to write and edit an article: See CZ:How to edit an article and CZ:Article_Mechanics.

For more info on how to create and organize subpages: See CZ:Subpages.

How to insert a picture or diagram: See CZ: About Media Hosted at Citizendium. You must have copyright permission to upload any picture or diagram! To insert a picture: See CZ: Upload

How to make a table: See Help for Tables

Notes on Eduzendium

For further info on the collaborative concept of Eduzendium.