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Saturday, May 18

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Plenary lecture (Theater):
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 Behavioral 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 - 5:00 p.m.

Journal of Neuroendrocrinology: Brief report and Breaking News 
Presenter: Michael N. Lehman, 
Editor in Chief, Fundamental and Mechanistic Neuroendrocrinology

5:00  p.m

Free time/ ATL activities


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