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Maria Fernanda A. Fernandes


Ph.D. in Physiology, Faculty of Medicine / Department of Physiology, University of Montreal, Canada, 2014

Current position

Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Psychology & Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Canada


  1. Auguste, S., Fisette, A., Fernandes, M. F., Hryhorczuk, C., Poitout, V., Alquier, T. and Fulton, S. (2016). Central Agonism of GPR120 Acutely Inhibits Food Intake and Food Reward and Chronically Suppresses Anxiety-Like Behavior in Mice. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. (Epub ahead of print)
  2. Fernandes, M. F., Matthys, D., Hryhorczuk, C., Sharma, S., Mogra, S., Alquier, T. and Fulton, S. (2015). Leptin Suppresses the Rewarding Effects of Running via STAT3 Signaling in Dopamine Neurons. Cell Metab 22(4): 741-749.
  3. Levy, A., Marshall, P., Zhou, Y., Kreek, M. J., Kent, K., Daniels, S., Shore, A., Downs, T., Fernandes, M. F., Mutch, D. M. and Leri, F. (2015). Fructose:glucose ratios--a study of sugar self-administration and associated neural and physiological responses in the rat. Nutrients 7(5): 3869-3890.
  4. Fernandes, M. F., Sharma, S., Hryhorczuk, C., Auguste, S. and Fulton, S. (2013). Nutritional controls of food reward. Can J Diabetes 37(4): 260-268.
  5. Sharma, S., Fernandes, M. F. and Fulton, S. (2013). Adaptations in brain reward circuitry underlie palatable food cravings and anxiety induced by high-fat diet withdrawal. Int J Obes (Lond) 37(9): 1183-1191.
  6. Ropelle, E. R., Fernandes, M. F., Flores, M. B., Ueno, M., Rocco, S., Marin, R., Cintra, D. E., Velloso, L. A., Franchini, K. G., Saad, M. J. and Carvalheira, J. B. (2008). Central exercise action increases the AMPK and mTOR response to leptin. PLoS One 3(12): e3856.
Protocols by Maria Fernanda A. Fernandes
  1. Running Reward Conditioned Place Preference Task