Dr. Bret Smith is Chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and serves as the director of the UK Epilepsy Research Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and a PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. After postdoctoral training in synaptic physiology, he served on the faculty of the Cell and Molecular Biology Department at Tulane University in New Orleans prior to moving to Kentucky. He is an expert in the studies of neuronal interactions in the mammalian brain and how those interactions change in disease states. He conducts studies to determine how neural function in brain circuits that regulate visceral sensory-motor integration are affected by and influence feeding and metabolism. His interest in neurogastronomy involves the brain’s control of eating, energy balance, and metabolism.