Dr Denovan Begg

Dr Denovan Begg

Dr Denovan Begg

Senior Lecturer and DECRA Fellow

B.B.Sc. (Hons.) La Trobe University, 2003
M.B.Sc. La Trobe University, 2008
Ph.D. Deakin University, 2011

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 2441
Email: Dr Denovan Begg
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 708

Research Summary

Research Areas: The homeostatic regulation of ingestive behavior and body weight; blood-brain-barrier transport of adiposity signals; behavioural and cardiovascular effects of dietary fatty acids and their metabolites.


PSYC1011 - Psychology 1B


Recent publications:

May AA, Liu M, Woods SC, Begg DP. (2016) CCK increases the transport of insulin into the brain. Physiol Behav 165:392-7.

Woods SC and Begg DP. (2016) Regulation of the Motivation to Eat. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences 27:15-34.

Woods SC and Begg DP. (2015) Food for Thought: Revisiting the Complexity of Food Intake. Cell Metab 22(3):348-51.

Begg DP, May AA, Mul JD, Liu M, D'Alessio DA, Seeley RJ, Woods SC. (2015) Insulin Detemir is transported from blood to cerebrospinal fluid and has prolonged central anorectic action relative to NPH insulin. Diabetes 64(7):2457-66.

Obici S, Magrisso IJ, Ghazarian AS, Shirazian A, Miller JR, Loyd CM, Begg DP, Krawczewski Carhuatanta KA, Haas MK, Davis JF, Woods SC, Sandoval DA, Seeley RJ, Goodyear LJ, Pothos EN, Mul JD. (2015) Moderate voluntary exercise attenuates the metabolic syndrome in melanocortin-4 receptor-deficient rats showing central dopaminergic dysregulation. Mol Metab 4(10):692-705.

Begg DP. Insulin transport into the brain and cerebrospinal fluid (2015). Vitam Horm 98: 229-248.

To access all of my publications, please view my UNSW Research Gateway profile.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

2011-2016: National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. The renin-angiotensin system and obesity. $309,816. Begg DP.

2014-2016: Ramaciotti Foundations Establishment Grant. Identifying the mechanisms that reduce hypertension following weight-loss surgery. $75,000. Begg DP.

2015 UNSW Science Silverstar Grant. Central nervous system insulin and leptin transport and resistance in obesity. $35,000. Begg DP.

2015 UNSW ECR Research Grant. The renin-angiotensin system, energy balance and neuroinflammation. $16,700. Begg DP.

2016-2019 Australian Research Council: Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Central nervous system insulin and hippocampal-dependent cognitive function $390,000. Begg DP.

2016 UNSW Science Silverstar Grant. The cyclooxygenase-eicosanoid pathway and fatty acids alter thirst in aging. $35,000. Begg DP.

2016 Diabetes Australia Research Trust. Central nervous system insulin transport and resistance in obesity. $59,860. Begg DP.

2016 UNSW ECR Research Grant. The renin-angiotensin system and obesity. $10,238. Begg DP.

2017-2019 Australian Research Council: Discovery. The mechanisms of insulin transport into the central nervous system $342,000. Begg DP and Herzog H.

Affiliations & Memberships

Australasian Neuroscience Society

Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society

Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

Nutrition Society of Australia

Current Research Students

Elisabeth Goodman