In the first study of its kind, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital identified a mechanism for the anorexigenic effect of oxytocin. It attenuates functional connectivity between the ventral tegmental area and other brain regions involved in processing visual food cues.
Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center
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- MD, Harvard Medical School
- Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism (Archived), American Board of Internal Medicine
- Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
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Dr. Lawson is a clinical researcher who studies the role of the hormone oxytocin in a range of disorders, including hypopituitarism, eating disorders, osteopenia/osteoporosis and obesity. Her research also focuses on endocrine abnormalities and food motivation pathways in anorexia nervosa.
Lawson EA et al. Hypopituitarism associated with a giant aneurysm of the internal carotid artery. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008; 93(12):4616.
Lawson EA et al. Decreased nocturnal oxytocin levels in anorexia nervosa are associated with low bone mineral density and fat mass. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2011; 72(11):1546-51.
Lawson EA et al. Oxytocin secretion is associated with severity of disordered eating psychopathology and insular cortex hypoactivation in anorexia nervosa. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2012; 97(10):E1898-908.
Lawson EA et al. Leptin levels are associated with decreased depressive symptoms in women across the weight spectrum, independent of body fat. Clinical Endocrinology. 2012; 76(4):520-5.