Explore the genetic and psychosocial risk factors impacting patient outcomes after bariatric surgery with a team of interdisciplinary researchers.
Bariatric surgery is an effective means to achieve significant weight loss with improvement in overall co-morbidities. However, negative outcomes do occur. Moreover, individuals can develop an increased propensity to resuming smoking and consuming drugs of abuse, such as alcohol and opioids; as well as an increased propensity for engagement in behaviors of abuse, such as gambling. However, the predictors of recidivism are not well understood. Reward Deficiency Syndrome is thought to be implicated in addiction, lending perspective as a neurobiological mechanism linked to increased risk of alcohol and substance abuse disorders. It is essential to determine the specific psychosocial and genetic risk factors that predict recidivism and overall success after surgery. The primary objective of this study is to obtain preliminary data on the genetic and psychosocial risk factors that may predict recidivism of weight regain, alcohol and substance use disorders in adults following bariatric surgery. By identifying these factors, effective strategies can be tested and put in place to maximize the success of the surgery. Additionally, data form this study can be used to provide support for the use of genetic and psychosocial screening tools to enhance precision medicine.
This project will provide students with the opportunity to write and submit abstract/posters as well as peer reviewed research papers.
|Length of commitment||Longer than a semester (6-9 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students)|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
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