Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, Ph.D.

George H. Bray Professorship


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Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland, 1973


Dr. Berthoud is primarily interested in the role of the nervous system in the processes maintaining energy homeostasis and nutrient intake. This includes the receptors and pathways that allow the peripheral nervous system and the brain to sense the internal metabolic state and availability of important nutrients as well as the external food environment, the neural circuits integrating this information, and the behavioral, autonomic, and endocrine effector pathways leading to regulatory actions. Interests thus impinge on the areas of obesity and anorexia, gastrointestinal and liver physiology, gut-brain interactions, autonomic nervous system, cognitive neurosciences, taste physiology, and functional foods. The largely NIH funded research activities employ behavioral, neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and electrophysiological methods.


Mumphrey MB, Hao Z, Townsend RL, Patterson LM, Morrison CD, Münzberg H, Stylopoulos N, Ye J, Berthoud HR. Reversible hyperphagia and obesity in rats with gastric bypass by central MC3/4R blockade. Obesity, in press, 2014.

Ye J, Hao Z, Mumphrey MB, Townsend RL, Patterson LM, Stylopoulos N, Münzberg H, Morrison CD, Drucker DJ, Berthoud HR. GLP-1 receptor signaling is not required for reduced body weight after RYGB in rodents. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 306: R352-R362, 2014.

Shin AC, Berthoud HR. Obesity surgery: happy with less or eternally hungry? Trends Endocrinol Metab 12:S1043, Epub, Jan. 2013.

Hao Z, Zhao Z, Berthoud HR, Ye J. Development and verification of a mouse model for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery with small gastric pouch. PLoS One 8:e52922, Epub, Jan. 2013
Berthoud HR. Synergy: A concept in search of a definition. Endocrinology 154;3974-3977, 2013.

Mumphrey MB, Patterson LM, Zheng H, Berthoud HR. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery increases number but not density of CCK, GLP-1, 5-HT, and neurotensin-expressing enteroendocrine cells in rats. Neurogastroenterol Motil 25:e70-e79, Epub, Jan. 2013.

Berthoud HR. Why does gastric bypass surgery work? Science 341:351-352, 2013.

Garcia- San Frutos M, Pistell PJ, Ingram DK, Berthoud HR. Feed efficiency, food choice, and food reward behaviors in young and old Fischer Rats. Neurobiol Aging 33:206.e41-53, 2012.

Berthoud HR. Vagal innervation of hepatic portal vein and liver is not necessary for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery-induced hypophagia, weight loss, and hyper metabolism. Ann Surg 255: 294-301, 2012.

Berthoud HR, Zheng H, Shin AC. Food reward in the obese and after weight loss induced by calorie restriction and bariatric surgery. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2012

Berthoud HR, Zheng H. Modulation of taste responsiveness and food preference by obesity and weight loss. Physiol Behav. 2012.

Berthoud HR, Münzberg H, Richards BK, Morrison CD. Neural and metabolic regulation of macronutrient intake and selection. Proc Nutr Soc. 2012.

Berthoud HR. Central Regulation of hunger, satiety, and body weight. In: Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook, Brownell K, Gold M. (Eds.) Oxford University Press, 2012.

Shin AC, Zheng H, Pistell PJ, Berthoud HR. Roux-en Y gastric bypass surgery changes food reward in rats. Int J Obes (Lond). 35(5):642-51, 2011. PMID:20805826[

Shin AC, Townsend RL, Patterson LM, Berthoud HR. 'Liking' and 'wanting' of sweet and oily food stimuli as affected by high-fat diet-induced obesity, weight loss, leptin, and genetic predisposition. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2011. PMCID:PMC3213949

Berthoud HR, Shin AC, Zheng H. Obesity, surgery, and gut-brain communication. Physiol Behav. 30;105(1):106-19, 2011. PMID:21315095

Berthoud HR, Lenard NR, Shin AC. Food reward, hyperphagia, and obesity. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol., 2011. PMCID:PMC3119156

Shin AC, Berthoud HR. Food reward functions as affected by obesity and bariatric surgery. Int J Obes, 35 Suppl 3:S40-4, 2011. PMID:21912387

Berthoud HR, Münzberg H. The lateral hypothalamus as integrator of metabolic and environmental needs: From electrical self-stimulation to opto-genetics. Physiol Behav. 104(1):29-39. 2011 PMCID:PMC3131619

Tam CS, Berthoud HR, Bueter M, Chakravarthy MV, Geliebter A, Hajnal A, Holst J, Kaplan L, Pories W, Raybould H, Seeley R, Strader A, Ravussin E. Could the mechanisms of bariatric surgery hold the key for novel therapies?: report from a Pennington Scientific Symposium. Obes Rev. 12(11):984-994, 2011.

Berthoud HR. Metabolic and hedonic drives in the neural control of appetite: who is the boss? Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2011. PMCID:PMC3254791

Lenard NR, Zheng H, Berthoud HR. Chronic suppression of mu-opioid receptor signaling in the nucleus accumbens attenuates development of diet-induced obesity in rats. Int J Obes (Lond) 34: 1001-1010, 2010. PMCID: PMC2885588

Shin AC, Zheng H, Townsend RL, Sigalet DL, Berthoud HR. Meal-induced hormone responses in a rat model of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Endocrinology 151: 1588-1597, 2010. PMCID: PMC2850245

Shin AC, Pistell PJ, Phifer CB, Berthoud HR. Reversible suppression of food reward behavior by chronic mu-opioid receptor antagonism in the nucleus accumbens. Neuroscience, 170(2):580-8, 2010. PMCID: PMC2933316.

Shin, A.C., H. Zheng, and Berthoud HR. An expanded view of energy homeostasis: neural integration of metabolic, cognitive and emotional drives to eat. Physiol Behav 97(5):572-80, 2009.

Berthoud, HR. and C. Morrison. The brain, appetite, and obesity. Annu Rev Psychol 59:55-92, 2008.

Dishman RK, Berthoud HR, Booth F, Cotman CW, Edgerton VR, Fleshner MR, Gandevia SC, et al. The Neurobiology of exercise. Obesity (Silver Spring) 14: 345-356, 2006.

Berthoud, H.-R. Vagal and hormonal gut-brain communication: from satiation to satisfaction. Neurogastroenterol Motil 20 (Suppl. 1):64-72, 2008.

Wan S., K.N. Browning, G.M. Sutton, F.H. Coleman, A.A Butler, H.-R. Berthoud and R.A. Travagli. Presynaptic MC4-receptors on vagal afferent fibers modulate the excitability of rat nucleus tractus solitarius neurons. J Neurosci 28:4957-4966. 2008.

Berthoud HR. Mind versus metabolism in the control of food intake and energy balance. Physiol Behav 81: 781-793, 2004.

Berthoud HR. Multiple neural systems controlling food intake and body weight. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 26:393-428, 2002. ^ top