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Geoffrey van der Plasse

 Geoffrey vander plasse

Dr. Geoffrey van der Plasse is an assistant professor at the department of Translational Neuroscience of the University Medical Center (UMC) in Utrecht (Netherlands). He has a background in psychology (MA) and for his dissertation investigated the role of the prefrontal cortex and serotonergic neurotransmission in cognitive flexibility. As a post-doc he worked at the Department of Psychiatry (UMC, Utrecht) where he studied the behavioural effects of deep brain stimulation and investigated the role of hypothalamic neuronal activity during feeding behaviour. Currently his research focuses on the interplay between cortical- and hypothalamic pathways in making feeding-related choices. By means of in vivo electrophysiological measurements en optogenetic manipulation of these pathways, he aims to unravel how food-choices are made and to what extent cortical and hypothalamic brain areas mediate the choice between calories and taste.