Title of PhD: Psychobiology of Appetite
Supervisors: Dr Suzanne Higgs, Dr Pia Rotshtein
I am interested in studying human appetite behavior and my PhD research particularly focuses on the role of attention and memory in eating behavior and food intake. Using a variety of experimental techniques, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), genotyping, cognitive testing, behavioral measures of appetite, biological markers of hunger/appetite, measures of body composition and actual food intake I work on exploring deeply the mechanisms underpinning the individual susceptibility to disturbance of energy balance and I aim to connect genetic to behavioral factors that predispose individuals to obesity.
Kaisari P, Yannakoulia M, Panagiotakos DB (2013). Eating frequency and overweight and obesity in children and adolescents: A meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 131(5):958-67.
Gavrieli A, Yannakoulia M, Fragopoulou E, Margaritopoulos D, Chamberland JP, Kaisari P, Kavouras SA, Mantzoros CS (2011). Caffeinated coffee does not acutely affect energy intake, appetite, or inflammation but prevents serum cortisol concentrations from falling in healthy men. J Nutr. 141(4):703-707.
Kaisari P. Weight Gain: ‘’Detecting’’ the cognitive factors that can predict weight gain. British Psychological Association Symposium on drivers of weight gain in adolescents, 24 October 2013, Leeds, UK
Kaisari P, Michalaki E, Magklis E, Papanikolaou K, Pervanidou P, Chrousos G, Yannakoulia M. Evaluation of a programme focusing in the maintenance of weight loss in overweight/obese children: a pilot study. 1st Panhellenic Congress in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2-4 March 2012, Athens, Greece
Gavrieli A, Kaisari P, Yannakoulia M, Margaritopoulos D, Fragopoulou E. The effect of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee consumption on glucose levels and energy intake. 10th Hellenic Congress of Nutrition and Dietetics, 13-15 Nov 2009, Athens, Greece
Fappa E, Yannakoulia M, Tileli N, Kaisari P, Skoumas I, Pitsavos C, Stefanadis C. 5% reduction of body weight improves the metabolic profile of patients with metabolic syndrome. 3rd Symposium organized by the Hellenic Atherosclerosis Society, 2-3 Dec 2011, Athens, Greece
Vlassopoulos A, Kaisari P,Karageorgou D, Klaoudatos G, Michalaki E, Maglis E, Manios Y. Review of the lifestyle changes programmes in subjects with impaired glucose tolerance. 3rd Hellenic Congress of Atherosclerosis, 3-6 Dec 2008, Athens, Greece
Karfopoulou E, Kaisari P,Gavrieli A, Yannakoulia M. The effect of coffee consumption in dietary energy intake. 4th Hellenic Congress of Atherosclerosis, 13-16 Oct 2010, Ioannina, Greece
Kaisari P, Michalaki E, Magklis E, Papanikolaou K, Pervanidou P, Chroussos G, Yannakoulia M. Evaluation of intervention aiming to the maintenance of lifestyle and body weight changes in overweight and obese children. 11th Hellenic Congress of Nutrition and Dietetics, 24-27 Nov 2011, Athens, Greece