The training program in Neuroendocrinology of Reproduction is for both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, and has been funded continuously since 1980. This program represents the educational activities of a group of twelve faculty laboratories comprising the Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology (LNE) of the Brain Research Institute.
The activities of the LNE include graduate and undergraduate courses in neuroendocrinology, the weekly brown-bag seminar on current topics in neuroendocrinology, exchange of research ideas and methods among member laboratories, research opportunities for students at all levels, and the annual Charles Sawyer lectureship in neuroendocrinology. Research of the faculty spans all analytical levels in the field of neuroscience, from the molecular to the behavioral. Research interests include sex determination and sexual differentiation, hormonal regulation of neural function, gender differences in disease, cellular and molecular analysis of neural development, neural regulation of gonadal and adrenal function, glial neurobiology, stress, aging, neuroendocrine immunology, growth factors and cytokines, and genetic approaches.
Although the main focus is on basic research in neuroendocrinology, some faculty are also involved in direct analysis of human disease and clinical trials to develop new neuroendocrine therapies.
The current Program Director is Dr. Arthur P. Arnold.