Principal Investigator: Dr Shannon McWeeney
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USATags: 48083, addiction, obesity, palatable food, polygenic risk score, reward system, substance use disorder
We currently do not know if there is a shared genetic risk for adult-onset obesity and substance use disorders. The aims of this research project are: (1) to uncover any genetic risk factors associated with reward system function, including palatable food intake and substance use, and (2) to use these genetic risk factors to improve the prediction of obesity and substance use disorders in the clinic. By investigating a common genetic signal for the reward system, this research project may improve prediction of other adult-onset complex diseases. The duration of this project will last approximately 18 months.