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Investigator Profile

Catherine Kotz

Catherine Kotz, PhD

Positions
Associate Director, Research, Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC), Minneapolis VA
Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota
Education
BS, MS, PhD University of Minnesota
Contact Information
catherine.fairhurst@va.gov
Research Interests
Dr. Kotz's training and background are in basic science obesity research. Her Ph.D. research was done in the area of neuropeptide regulation of feeding and energy expenditure, including effects on circulating hormones and enzymatic activity in white and brown adipose tissue. Dr. Kotz's current research program centers on obesity and metabolic aspects of aging, focusing on targeting central nervous system pathways to promote healthy body weight. Dr. Kotz also studies the impact of obesity and metabolic function on learning and memory outcomes in normal aging and during neurodegeneration, and strives to develop therapies to improve cognition.
Publications
Full bibliography on PubMed
VA Research Topics
Nutrition; Obesity
MeSH Key Words
Physiology; Neuroscience; Brain; Neuropeptides; Central Nervous System; Eating Behavior; Physical Activity; Adipose Tissue; Energy Expenditure; Drug Trials; Memory; Cellular Senescence
Professional Networking
Google Scholar
Links
University of Minnesota profile | Minneapolis GRECC