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Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda in The NY Times on Evolutionary Reasons for Binge Eating at Night

Feb 15
2018

Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda in The NY Times on Evolutionary Reasons for Binge Eating at Night View MoreBACK

On January 30th 2018, The New York Times highlighted the insights of 2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recipient, Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D.

In “Binge Eating at Night? Your Hormones May Be to Blame,” Dr. Panda explains that evening hunger may be due to “evolutionary adaptations that helped us get through the night.” 

“For millions of years, our nighttime period was a time when we didn’t have access to food,” he continues, “and you also could not just get yourself food as soon as you woke up in the morning.”

One focus of Dr. Panda’s AFAR funded research is whether time-restricted eating can have health benefits: when we eat might be as important as what we eat.

Dr. Panda’s research on mice has shown the role of the body’s circadian clock in risk for age-related diseases, as he describes in his research bio for this 2014 AFAR grant : “Circadian—or daily—rhythms in physiology are critical for maintaining the body in balance. Factors that disrupt the circadian clock (e.g., shift work, or jet lag) interrupt this temporal regulation and put individuals at greater risk for metabolic diseases and age-related diseases.”

For more on Dr. Panda’s AFAR-funded research, read his Grantee Spotlight Interview here.

Read the full NY Times article here.


Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D. is a Professor of the Regulator Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.





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