Christian Broberger, MD, PhD

Karolinska Institute
Dept of Neurosci

Biographical Sketch:
Christian Broberger earned his PhD from Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) in 1999, where his thesis work focused on mapping out neuropeptide-containing neurons in the hypothalamus and brainstem that control food intake and energy expenditure. He received an MD degree from the same university in 2001. In 2001-2004 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dept of Neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, CT). His work there involved electrophysiological studies of thalamocortical neurons, and demonstrated e.g. a novel mechanism for the wakefulness-promoting actions of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH). Since 2004, he heads his own laboratory at the Dept of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, with a focus on the cellular and network mechanism through which the brain controls basic survival functions such as reproduction, sleep-wakefulness and energy metabolism. Recent work has demonstrated a novel network oscillation in neuroendocrine dopamine neurons that control pituitary release of prolactin and other hormones. Techniques include slice electrophysiology and neuroanatomical methods. Dr. Broberger has been appointed Senior Researcher in Integrative Systems Neurobiology by the Swedish Research Council and is a recipient of the Florman award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and of a Starting Investigator Grant from the European Research Council. In 2012-2013 he serves as President of the Young Academy of Sweden.
Papers:
S56 Central Regulation and Actions of Prolactin
S56-1 TIDA Waves: Network Oscillations in Neuroendocrine Dopamine Neurons