From breastfeeding to independent feeding: the origins of homeostatic sensing

All mammals transition from breastfeeding to independent feeding during the lactation period. In humans and other mammals, this critical transition is important for later in life metabolic control and, consequently, for the development of obesity and diabetes. Here, Dr. Dietrich will discuss the work of his lab studying the function of hypothalamic neurons involved in homeostatic control during the transition from breastfeeding to independent feeding. His work illuminates novel properties of hypothalamic neurons in early life, suggesting mechanisms by which early life events shape homeostatic regulation throughout the individual’s lifespan.