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14th WORLD CONGRESS ON NEUROHYPOPHYSIAL HORMONES

May 16 - 19, 2024

Thursday, May 16

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Registration

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Opening session (Theater)

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Plenary lecture (Theater):
Rae Silver Columbia University, USA

Portal pathways in the brain: Their potential for transporting neurovascular peptidergic signals
Chair: Mike Ludwig University of Edinburgh, Scotland

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Reception

Friday, May 17

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Plenary session: Mortyn Jones Lecture (Theater)
Charles Bourque, McGill University, Canada
Osmotic Control of Vasopressin: What we have learned since Verney and Andersson?

Chair: Colin Brown University of Otago, New Zealand

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Coffee break (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

9:30 - 11:10 a.m.

Symposium 1(Theater):
Central Mechanisms in AVP and OXT information processing in health and disease

Chair: Jeff Tasker Tulane University, USA

9:30 - 9:55 a.m.

Alexandre Charlet Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Astrocytes in Mice Central Amygdala Mediates Oxytocin-dependent Behavioral Adaptation

9:55 - 10:20 a.m.

Tom Cunningham UNT Health Science Center, USA
Sex-based Diferences in Control of Neurohypophysial in a Model of Hyponatremia

10:20 - 10:45 a.m.

Zhihua Gao Zhejiang University, China
The Coordinative Role of Oxytocin Endocrine Neurons in Peripheral and Central Regulation

10:45 - 11:10 a.m.

Mike Ludwig University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Salt-loading Reduces Central Osmoresponsiveness in Magnocellular Supraoptic Neurones In-vivo

11:10 - 11:30 a.m.

Coffee break (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

11:30 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Symposium 2 (Theater):
New Models and Approaches in AVP and OXT Research

Chair: Yoichi Ueta University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan

11:30 - 11:55 a.m.

Alec Davidson Morehouse School of Medicine, USA
Longitudinal Imaging of AVP Neuronal Behavior In-Vivo

11:55 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Lang Geng Beijing University, China
Development and Optimization of Genetically Encoded Sensors for Oxytocin and Arginine Vasopressin

12:20 - 12:45 p.m.

Quirin Krabichler Heidelberg University, Germany 
A Novel Transgenic Rat to Tackle the Behavioral Roles of Magnocellular Vasopressin Neurons

12:45 - 1:10 p.m.

Arthur Lefevre University of California San Diego, USA
Marmoset Monkeys as a Model of OT Action in Primates

1:10 - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Data Blitz (Theater)

3:00 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Symposium 3 (Theater):
Coordinated Central and Periferal Actions of AVP and OXT

Chair: Joe Verbalis Georgetown University, USA

3:00 - 3:25 p.m.

Atila Cihan University of Basel, Switzerland
Are Patients with AVP-Deficit also Oxytocin deficit?

3:25 - 3:50 p.m.

Annette de Kloet Georgia State University, USA
Exploring Signaling Amongst Neurohypophyseal Hormones: A Complex Discourse that'll Elevate Your Blood Pressure

3:50 - 4:15 p.m.

David Mendelowitz George Washington University, USA
Oxytocin Receptor Co-Localization in Brainstem Parasympathetic Cardiac Vagal Neurons

4:15 - 4:40 p.m.

Takumi Oti Okayama University, Japan
Oxytocinergic Control Circuits in the Spinal Cord for Male Sexual Behavior

4:40 - 5:15 p.m

Coffee break (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

5:15 - 6:55 p.m.

Symposium 4 (Theater):
Comparative Neuroendocrinology of AVP and OXT Systems

Chair: Margarita Curras-Collazo University of California, Riveside, USA
         Rui Oliveira ISPA Instituto Universitario, Portugal

5:15 - 5:40 p.m.

Christian Gruber Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Biological Function and Pharmacological Potential of Oxytocin Signaling in Ants

5:40 - 6 :05 p.m.

Rui Oliveira ISPA Instituto Universitario, Portugal
Evolutionarily Conserved Mechanism of Oxytocin in the Regulation of Social Behavior in Zebrafish

6:05 - 6:30 p.m.

Allison Perkeybile University of Virginia, USA
Making Mothers: Pregnancy, Birth, and Epigenetic Regulation of the maternal Oxytocin Receptor Gene

6:30 - 6:55 p.m.

Hirotaka Sakamoto Okayama University, Japan
Vasopressin/Oxytocin Peptide-signaling in Marine Planarians Functions as an Antidiuretic before Vascular System Acquisition and Synapse Evolution

Saturday, May 18

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Plenary lecture (Thaater):
Tatsushi Onaka 
Jichi Medical University, Japan
Metabolic and Stress-coping Actions of Oxytocin

Chair: Sue Carter Indiana University, USA

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Coffee break (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

9:30 - 11:10 a.m.

Symposium 5 (Theater):
Young Investigators in AVP and OXT Research

Chair: Ryoichi Teruyama Louisiana State University, USA

9:30 - 9:50 a.m.

Shelling Buffington Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Microbial Modulation of the Oxytocin-mesocorticolimbic Dopaminergic Pathway in Mouse for Autism

9:50 - 10:10 a.m.

Alex Castillo-Ruiz Georgia State University, USA
Long-term Effects of Cesarean Birth on Vasopressin and Oxytocin Neurons

10:10 - 10:30 a.m.

Tim Gruber Van Andel Institute, USA
High-calorie Diets Uncouple Hypothalamic Oxytocin Neurons from a Gut-to-Brain Satiation Pathway Via K-opiod signaling

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Matt Kirchner Georgia State University, USA
Changes in Neuropeptide Large Dense Core Vesicle Trafficking Dynamics Contribute towards Adaptive Responses to a Systemic Homeostatic Challenge

10:50 - 11:10 a.m.

Elena Kozlova University of California Riverside, USA
Thyroid Dependent Disruption of Oxytocin and Gut Microbiome in an Enviromental Autism Mouse Model

11:10 - 11:30 a.m.

Coffee break (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

11:30 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Symposium 6 (Theater): The Dr. Larry J. Young Memorial Symposium:
AVP and OXT in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Chair: Dev Manoli University of California San Francisco (UCSF) &
          Karen Parker Stanford University , USA

11:30 - 11:55 a.m.

Katrina Choe McMaster University, Canada
Investigating the Link Between ASD-risk Genes, oxytocin, and Social Behavior

11:55 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Karen Parker Stanford University, USA
Vasopressin: A Trans-primate Biomarker of Social Impairment and Promising Treatment for Autism

12:20 - 12:45 p.m.

Yannis Paloyelis King's College London, UK
Unravelling the Pharmacodynamics of Oxytocin Using Functional Neuroimaging

12:45 - 1:10 p.m.

Julia Winter University of Pennsylvania, USA 
Acute versus chronic matters: Differential behavioural and molecular effects of oxytocin

1:10 - 3:00 p.m.

Lunch (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

1:10 - 3:00 p.m.

Poster Session 1 (Magnolia/Sugarberry/Cottonwood)

3:00 - 4:40 p.m.

Symposium 7 (Theater):
Developmental Roles of OXT and AVP

Chair: Elizabeth Hammock Florida State University, USA

3:00 - 3:25 p.m.

Bice Chini Milan Center for Neuroscience, Italy
Neonatal Oxytocin Administration in Mouse Models of Neurodevelpmental Disorders: Long Lasting Rescue Effects

3:25 - 3:50 p.m.

Heather Caldwell Kent State University, USA
Consequences of Altered Oxytocin and Vasopressin Signaling During Embryonic Development

3:50 - 4:15 p.m.

Bruce S. Cushing UT El Paso, USA
Neonatal Organizational Effects of Oxytocin and Subsequent Behavioral Expression in Prairie Voles (
Microtus ochrogaster)

4:15 - 4:40 p.m.

William Kenkel University of Delaware, USA
The Role of Oxytocin in the Metabolic Consequences of Delivery by Cesarean

4:40  p.m

Free time/ ATL activities

Sunday, May 19

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Plenary lecture (Theater):
Rob Froemke 
New York University, USA
Love, Death and Oxytocin

Chair: Gil Levkowitz The Weizmann Institute, Israel

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Coffee break (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

9:30 - 11:10 a.m.

Symposium 8 (Theater):
Emerging Roles of AVP and OXT on the Neurovascular Unit and Brain Microvessels

Chairs: Maurice Manning University of Toledo, USA &
           Bice Chini Milan Center for Neuroscience, Italy

9:30 - 9:55 a.m.

Marta Busnelli Consiglio Nazionale delle Reserche, Italy
The Oxytocin System Plays a Key Role in Brain Microvascular Development

9:55 - 10:20 a.m.

Gil Levkowitz The Weizmann Institute, Israel
Oxytocin May Facilitate its Own Peripheral Uptake by Regulating Blood Flow Dynamics

10:20 - 10:45 a.m.

Ranjan Roy Georgia State University, USA
Vasopressin-mediated Neurovascular Coupling in Health and Disease States

10:45 - 11:10 a.m.

Session (Theater): Larry Young's Contributions:
Arjen Boender 
Emory University, USA
Natural Variation in Oxytocin Receptor Signalling Causes Widespread Changes in Neural Gene Expression: A Link to the Natural Killer Gene Complex

11:10 - 11:30 a.m.

Coffee break (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

11:30 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Symposium 9 (Theater):
Neurohypophysial Hormones and Sensory Processing

Chair: Quentin Pittman University of Calgary, Canada

11:30 - 11:55 a.m.

Elizabeth Hammock Florida State University, USA
Oxytocin in Sensory-Dependent Social Development

11:55 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Eric Krause Georgia State University, USA
Studying Mechanosensitive Vagal Afferents that Express Oxytocin Receptors: Gut Feelings are Also Matters of the Hear

12:20 - 12:45 p.m.

Michael Perkinson Otago University, New Zealand 
Unveiling the Dynamics of Oxytocin Activity and Somatodendritic Release in Freely Behaving Rodents

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Poster Session 2 (Magnolia/Sugarberry/Cottonwood)

3:00 a.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Symposium 10 (Theater): The Hal Gainer Memorial Symposium
Emerging Areas in the Neurohypophysial Hormones Field 

Chair: Masha Prager-Khoutorsky McGill University, Canada

3:00 - 3:25 p.m.

James Blevins University of Washington and VA Puget Sound Health care System, USA
Efficacy of Oxytocin as a Monotherapy and Combination Therapy to Treat Obesity

3:25 - 3:50 p.m.

Michael Greenwood University of Bristol, UK
Using Quantitative Phosphoproteomics to Explore Hypothalamo-neurohypophysial System Cellular Signalling 

3:50 - 4:15 p.m.

Andre Mecawi Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brasil
Single-cell Transcriptomics of Hypothalamic Magnocellular Neurons: Unraveling Cellular Diversity, Activity-Associated Genes, and Interspecies Integration

4:15 - 4:40 p.m.

Tian Xue University of Science and Technology of China, China
Light Promoted Brain Development: ipRGC, Oxytocin and Synaptogenesis

4:40 - 5:15 p.m

Coffee break (Rotunda and Crystal Dinning Room)

5:15 - 6:55 p.m.

Symposium 11 (Theater):
Neurohypophysial Hormones Control Social and Defensive Behaviors in a Sex-, Age-, and Receptor-specific Manner 

Chairs: Hala Harony-Nicholas Icahn School of Medicine, &
          Joanna Dabrowska Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, USA

5:15 - 5:35 p.m.

Alice Sanson University of Regensburg, Germany
Neuropeptides Trigger Maternal Care and Aggression in Lactating Rats: Influence of the Stress System

5:35 - 5 :55 p.m.

Joanna Dabrowska Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, USA
The Integration of Interoceptive Signals and Defensive Behaviors via Neurohypophysial Hormones in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis (BNST)

5:55 - 6:15 p.m.

Aras Petrulis Georgia State University, USA
Sex-specific Regulation of Social Motivation by Extrahypothalamic Vasopressin

6:15 - 6:35 p.m.

Brian Trainor University of California, Davis, USA
Transcriptional Effects of Social Stress on Oxytocin Neurons in Female California Mice

6:35 - 6:55 p.m.

Samantha Bowden Michigan State University, USA
Regulation of Juvenile Social Behaviors by Oxytocin and Vasopressin Systems in the Brain

7:00 - 9:00 p.m

Award Ceremony and Closing Banquet (Magnolia)

9:00 - 11:00 p.m

Post-meeting party

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