The role of diet in regulating energy intake and gut microbiota in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases like fatty liver and inflammatory bowel disease.
Reimer has done extensive research in animal models. Specifically looking at maternal diet during pregnancy and how it influences the offspring's:
- gut microbiota
- satiety hormone production
- obesity risk
Her research group is also making progress in understanding how using pre-and probiotics to modify the gut microbiota affects behavior in neuropsychiatric disorders. This includes autism-spectrum and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Background: Raylene Reimer holds several industry research contracts that help take evidence-based findings into application. She was honored in May 2012 with the Centrum New Scientist Award for Outstanding Research (Canadian Nutrition Society).