Harvey J. Grill, PhD

Dr. Harvey J. Grill is Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania where he is a member of the psychology and the neuroscience graduate groups. At Penn Harvey also serves as the Director of Integrative Programs for the Institute of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. His research focuses on the neural control of food intake, energy expenditure, and of energy balance more broadly. Dr. Grill’s perspective on the neural control of energy balance is that physiological and behavioral function governed by the central nervous system is neuroanatomically distributed among the cells and circuits in various brain regions rather than being localized to discrete “centers” such as the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. This perspective was developed over many years, beginning as a graduate student, where Dr. Grill received his PhD from New York University and continued on to complete postdoctoral training at the Rockefeller University prior to joining the Penn faculty in 1977. Over the last 30 years, Harvey’s pre and post-doctoral trainees have themselves become successful. They are on the faculties of numerous institutions, several of whom are well regarded obesity researchers.


Harvey J. Grill’s research is funded by NIH and industry grants. He has served on various NIH review panels and on various Editorial Boards including a current position on the Obesity board. He has also served the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), a society with various overlapping interests with TOS, as President, member of the board and recently as Chair of the Program Committee. 

Harvey J. Grill is an active member of the Obesity Society and attends the annual meeting regularly. He has served on the Program Committee for 4 years where he was the Track 2 subgroup leader. Currently, Harvey is a member of the Early Career Research Grant committee and a member of the editorial board of Obesity.

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