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May 7, 2008
Hormone may spark food’s appeal
A new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism shows that a hormone produced in the stomach may be nudging people to eat more by making food look more appealing. The hormone – known as ghrelin - is said to activate parts of the brain involved in sensations related to pleasure or reward. Study participants received an injection of ghrelin or a placebo. Their brains were scanned as they screened photos of food or scenery. While all who got the ghrelin injection responded, the level of response differed among the individuals – underscoring the system’s complexity, and the challenges of finding ways to modify eating impulses, according to SFU kinesiologist Diane Finegood, who studies obesity and can elaborate on those challenges.

Diane Finegood, 778.782.6707; finegood@sfu.ca

SFU Film grads hit the red carpet
SFU's fourth-year film students will strut their celluloid stuff at the 30th annual grad screening to be held from 7-10:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8, at the Empire Granville 7 Cinema, 855 Granville St. in Vancouver. "Memories of Underexposure" feature 15 short documentaries, dramas and experimental works by 16 young filmmakers; tickets are $8 at the door. The film program at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts has grown from a non-credit workshop in 1968 to become the largest four-year film and video degree program in western Canada. For more information: www.sfufilm.ca

To arrange interviews with the student filmmakers, contact Colin Browne: colinbrowne@mac.com; 604.626.2143