Dr Erin Symonds – Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Senior Research Officer, Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Erin’s work examines the way the human stomach senses food causing feelings of fullness and loss of appetite. She has discovered that “taste buds” for different nutrients exist not only in the tongue but also throughout the gut and that these sensors are decreased when too much fatty food is consumed. Erin’s research investigates how our bodies sense the sort of food we eat to enable development of drug therapies to reduce appetite and the incidence of obesity and associated diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, in society.