Email to:

jecox@uab.edu

Associate Professor

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Yale University
 


RESEARCH  INTERESTS :

Dr. Cox is interested in the physiological controls of food intake and body weight. His animal research has examined effects of gastrointestinal signals, such as the hormones cholecystokinin and peptide YY. The image to the left is an example of an area postrema lesion from a rat that was used in the first study cited below. His studies with obese and normal-weight human participants, done in collaboration with Drs. Rosalyn Weller and Edwin Cook, are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate brain systems involved in responses to food cues and in decision making.

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS:

Cox, J.E. and A. Randich (2004) Enhancement of feeding suppression by
 PYY3-36 in rats with area postrema lesions. Peptides, 25: 985-989.

Stoeckel, L. E., J.E. Cox, E.W. Cook III, and R.E.Weller. Motivational state modulates the hedonic value of food images differently in men and women. Appetite, 2007, 48, 139-44.

Stoeckel, L. E., Weller, R. E., Giddings, M. and Cox, J. E. Peptide YY levels are associated with appetite suppression in response to long-chain fatty acids. Physiology and Behavior, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2007.08.018.

Stoeckel, L. E., Weller, R. E., Giddings, M. and Cox, J. E. (2008) Peptide YY levels are associated with appetite suppression in response to long-chain fatty acids. Physiology and Behavior, 93(1-2): 289-295.

Stoeckel, L. E., Weller, R. E., Cook III, E. W., Twieg, D. B., Knowlton, R. C., and Cox, J. E. (2008) Widespread reward-system activation in obese women in response to pictures of high-calorie foods. Neuroimage (in press).