Ingestive Behavior Research Center

Biennial Conference “High Intensity Sweeteners: Science and Controversy”

We are excited to welcome you to Purdue’s campus for the Ingestive Behavior Research Center conference taking place Sept. 22-24, 2015.

Registration, Plenary Lecture & Welcome Reception – September 22nd

We would like to encourage you to utilize the shuttle service for the program and reception at Ross Ade Pavilion on Tuesday, September 22. The shuttle service will pick up and drop off from the Grant Street parking garage located at 101 N. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906.  The shuttle service will be running on a loop from the Grant Street garage to Ross Ade Pavilion(reception location) beginning at 6:15 PM until 7:00 PM EST. 

If you are staying in the Union Club Hotel you will be provided with a Grant Street garage parking pass upon check-in at the front desk. If you are not staying at the hotel, parking passes will be available at Ross Ade Stadium when you check in at the registration desk for the Grant St. garage. The Welcome program and reception will take place in the Shively Club, located on the 3rd floor of Ross Ade Pavilion. The bus will drop you off outside of gates J & K, where you will need to enter to access Shively Club.

At the conclusion of the reception a shuttle will be available until 9:50 PM to take attendees back to the Grant Street garage.

If you need to drive, please park in the R Lot, located north of Ross Ade Stadium. No parking pass is needed for this lot after 5 PM.

Registration & Breakfast- Wednesday, September 23

Registration will be open at 6:30 AM on Wednesday, September 23 outside of the South Ballroom on the main floor in the Purdue Memorial Union. Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 AM EST in the South Ballroom. The program will begin promptly at 8:00 AM EST.

Thursday, September 24

South Ballroom on the main floor in the Purdue Memorial Union. Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 AM EST in the South Ballroom. The program will begin promptly at 8:00 AM EST.

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The topic of high intensity sweeteners and health is not new, though interest is particularly high now and continues to grow.  The issue has been addressed in multiple sessions at scientific meetings.  Often only one side of the issue is presented.  In other instances, opposing views are uncritically showcased.  Neither approach is optimal for critically evaluating the science.  The Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC) will host its 6th biennial international conference at Purdue University on September 22-24, 2015 using a format that will showcase the science on high intensity sweeteners.  Scholars representing discrepant views will present reviews of data on selected topics (e.g., high intensity sweeteners and the gut (digestive, endocrine, microbiota responses), brain (addictive responses) and energy balance.  The speakers will also question and rebut each other followed by discussion with those in attendance.  The goal will be to move towards consensus.  The proceedings will be published in a special issue of the journal Physiology & Behavior.

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About the IBRC

Purdue University Ingestive Behavior Research Center The Center integrates sophisticated analyses of the physiological, nutritional, developmental, genetic, sensory, socio-economic, and experiential determinants of food and fluid intake with the rigorous assessment of appetitive and consummatory behaviors in human and nonhuman animal models.

The Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC) was organized at Purdue University to promote and coordinate interdisciplinary collaborations among laboratories that investigate the environmental and biological controls of food and fluid intake.

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The students and faculty members of the IBRC participate in many common activities, including seminars, symposia, journal clubs, and a core curriculum for graduate training.  The emphasis on interdisciplinary graduate education and the availability of shared, state-of-the-art, facilities and resources set the stage for a wide variety of individual and collaborative research endeavors that are aimed at advancing understanding of the controls of ingestive behavior.

Undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training are available.


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About the IBRC

The Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University is unique in providing an interdisciplinary research and training environment that promotes excellence in the analysis of ingestive behavior and its disorders.

Our Vision

Individual and population-based health practices will be optimized by advancing understanding of the controls of ingestive behavior.

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Cresta Cates
Administrative Assistant
Purdue University
Stone Hall, Room 220
700 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059
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(765) 494-0674 fax