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    Miss Margaret Westwater

    University Position
    PhD student


    My primary scientific aim is to examine the interaction between peripheral metabolic signaling and neural activity in individuals with healthy and disordered eating behaviors. This work involves measurement of metabolic functioning (e.g., body composition, gut hormones), brain structure (cortical thickness), and brain activity using MRI. By using this integrated approach, I hope to identify mechanisms by which disturbances in gastrointestinal functioning modulate activity of brain regions involved in higher-order cognition and feeding behaviour. I am also particularly interested in the role of stress in eating disorders and related psychiatric disorders.

    Key Publications


    Characterizing cerebral metabolite profiles in anorexia and bulimia nervosa and their associations with habitual behavior

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2021
    Authors: M Westwater, A Murley, KMJ Diederen, A Carpenter, H Ziauddeen, P Fletcher