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Brookhaven Lab Scientist to Speak at Harborfields Public Library on Brain Chemistry and Compulsive Overeating, March 21

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Upton, NY - Gene-Jack Wang, Chair of the Medical Department at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, will give a talk titled "The Brain Chemistry-Compulsive Overeating Connection" at Harborfields Public Library in Greenlawn, Long Island, on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Science Club of Long Island, the talk is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Call the library's reference desk at 631 757-4200 to register.

Wang, a physician who specializes in nuclear medicine, has recently published groundbreaking research that was the first to uncover the brain circuits triggered in the regulation of food intake - and the first to prove that the areas activated in the brains of compulsive eaters are similar to those of other addicts. This research may lead to new, effective ways to treat compulsive overeating.

Gene-Jack Wang joined Brookhaven's Medical Department in 1990 and became clinical head of the Positron Emission Tomography group in 1996. He assumed his current position at Brookhaven in 2006, and he is also an associate professor at Stony Brook University (SBU), as well as the Associate Director of the SBU-General Clinical Research Center at Brookhaven. In addition, he is a visiting scientist at North Shore University Hospital, an attending physician at Glen Cove Hospital, and a professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University.

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