PhD candidate Suhyun Lee at The Endocrine Society Meeting

18 June 2013

PhD candidate Suhyun Lee from the Department of Translational Medicine at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, gave a press conference and a talk at the Featured Poster session at The Endocrine Society Meeting in San Francisco on 16 June.

Results of an animal study undertaken by Suhyun Lee at The John Curtin School of Medical Research at The Australian National University in Canberra showed that short-term use of antidepressants combined with stress and a high-fat diet led to long-term increases in body weight and increased bone and spleen weight. “These findings may implicate different pathophysiologic mechanisms in stress and antidepressant related obesity when compared to obesity that is solely diet-induced,” Lee said. Lee’s study also indicated that the antidepressants reduced anxiety among the animals in response to induced stress by physical restraint compared to the control group.