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Biography

My laboratory studies how food, and the lack or food, affects the brain and behaviour. We are primarily interested in understanding the neural circuits that sense hunger or hypoglycemia and influence brain function, including energy homeostasis, glucose homeostasis, mental health and neurodegeneration.

It is becoming increasingly clear that a state of hunger elicits numerous effects on the brain, not just those related to food intake. We are interested in how these metabolic neural circuits detect hunger and hypoglycemia and regulate stress and motivation circuits and link states of hunger with mood and motivation. We believe that the complex interplay between such connected circuits may underlie co-morbidities of mental illness with metabolic dysfunction in disease such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa, obesity, Prader-Willi syndrome, binge-eating and food addictions.

In addition, the inability of the brain to appropriately sense hypoglycemia can lead to coma or death, which is a consistent concern for type-1 diabetic patients and their carers. We focus on the hormone ghrelin as a key hormonal signal of hunger to the brain and our research over a number of years shows that ghrelin relates blood glucose and many non-food associated behaviours such as anxiety and neuroprotection, 

Research area keywords

  • AMPK
  • CPT1
  • CRAT
  • Ghrelin
  • energy balance
  • mitochondria
  • fat metabolism
  • hypothalamus
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Dopamine
  • Ventral Tegmental Area
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • des-acyl ghrelin
  • goat
  • acyl ghrelin
  • insulin sensitivity
  • glucose
  • insulin
  • motivation
  • ghrelin receptor
  • GHSR
  • Growth hormone secretagogue receptor
  • transgenic mice
  • neuronal metabolism
  • neuropeptide y
  • pro-opiomelanocortin
  • arcuate nucleus
  • diet-induced obesity
  • calorie restriction
  • reward

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Projects 2009 2023

Research Output 2001 2019

489 Citations (Scopus)

UCP2 mediates ghrelin's action on NPY/AgRP neurons by lowering free radicals

Andrews, Z. B., Liu, Z-W., Wallingford, N., Erion, D. M., Borok, E., Friedman, J. M., Tschop, M. H., Shanabrough, M., Cline, G., Shulman, G. I., Coppola, A., Gao, X-B., Horvath, T. L. & Diano, S., 2008, In : Nature. 454, 7206, p. 846 - 851 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

179 Citations (Scopus)

Diet-induced obesity causes ghrelin resistance in arcuate NPY/AgRP neurons

Briggs, D. I., Enriori, P. J., Lemus, M. B., Cowley, M. A. & Andrews, Z. B., 2010, In : Endocrinology. 151, 10, p. 4745 - 4755 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

124 Citations (Scopus)

Ghrelin regulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and restricts anxiety after acute stress

Spencer, S. J., Xu, L., Clarke, M. A., Lemus, M. B., Reichenbach, A., Geenen, B., Kozicz, T. & Andrews, Z. B., 2012, In : Biological Psychiatry. 72, 6, p. 457 - 465 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

56 Citations (Scopus)

Ghrelin-AMPK signaling mediates the neuroprotective effects of calorie restriction in Parkinson's Disease

Bayliss, J. A., Lemus, M. B., Stark, R., Santos, V. V., Thompson, A., Rees, D. J., Galic, S., Elsworth, J. D., Kemp, B. E., Davies, J. S. & Andrews, Z. B., 9 Mar 2016, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 36, 10, p. 3049-3063 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)

AgRP Neurons Require Carnitine Acetyltransferase to Regulate Metabolic Flexibility and Peripheral Nutrient Partitioning

Reichenbach, A., Stark, R., Mequinion, M., Denis, R. R. G., Goularte, J. F., Clarke, R. E., Lockie, S. H., Lemus, M. B., Kowalski, G. M., Bruce, C. R., Huang, C., Schittenhelm, R. B., Mynatt, R. L., Oldfield, B. J., Watt, M. J., Luquet, S. & Andrews, Z. B., 13 Feb 2018, In : Cell Reports. 22, 7, p. 1745-1759 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Prizes

2016 Editorial Board Best Reviewers awarded at ENDO 2017 in Orlando

Zane Andrews (Recipient), 2017

Prize: National/international honour

Endocrine Society of Australia Mid-Career research award

Zane Andrews (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2004 2019

Executive Council Member, Secretary, Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society

Zane Andrews (Fellow)
2019 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia

Zane Andrews (Invited speaker)
2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

International Congress on Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome & Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity; Korean Society for the Study of Obesity

Zane Andrews (Invited speaker)
2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Council Member, International Neuroendocrine Federation

Zane Andrews (Fellow)
2019 → …

Activity: External Academic EngagementProfessional association or peak discipline body

Hypothalamic Neuroscience and Neuroendocrinology Australasia 2019

Zane Andrews (Organiser)
1 Sep 20192 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Your body wants to be fat. Science wants to change its mind

Zane Andrews

14/02/18

6 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

CSIRO profiting from weight loss pill with no scientific backing

Zane Andrews

20/03/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Are you hangry

Zane Andrews

1/10/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Brain study shows you like hot chips even if you believe you don’t

Zane Andrews

14/06/18

8 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Sugar could rot your memory. So, how long does it take to reverse?

Zane Andrews

5/05/18

2 Media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment