Tim Moran is the Paul R. McHugh Professor of Motivated Behaviors, Vice Chair and Director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also Associate Director of the Global Center for Obesity Prevention at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Moran's research interests are in brain/behavior relationships as they apply to the controls of food intake and body weight. The work has focused on brain/gut peptides as feedback controls of meal size and how these interact with neural systems involved in overall energy balance and reward processing with a focus on how these may go awry in eating disorders and obesity. Additional projects examine how gestational and early developmental factors can bias metabolic and neural programming to contribute to obesity and the effects of exercise on diet preference and overall energy balance. Experiments are conducted at multiple levels using cell and rodent models as well as nonhuman primates and normal and patient populations. His research into the controls of food intake and body weight has had continuous NIH funding since 1985. Dr. Moran has been awarded the Hoebel Prize for Creativity from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB).
Dr. Moran has been a member of the Obesity Society since 1994. He has served on the program committee numerous times since 2000, chairing the integrative physiology track in 2009. He was the overall program committee co-chair in 2013 and the overall program committee chair for the 2014 meeting. He has served on the editorial board of Obesityand as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physiology, Integrative, Comparative and Regulatory Physiology and Brain Research. Dr. Moran has also been active with our partner society, SSIB, serving on the board of directors for multiple terms and as society president in 1996-1997.