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Inspired by Carlos Beyer’s 50 years of pioneering research and influence on his students and colleagues, Behavioral Neuroendocrinology builds upon Beyer’s fundamental discoveries and concepts as well as their widespread implications. It presents original research and reviews on mechanisms — genomic and non-genomic — of steroid and protein hormone action; the role of steroid metabolism, especially aromatization, protein phosphorylation, and neurotransmitter action in mediating reproductive behavior and sexual differentiation; and brain and spinal cord mechanisms in sexual behavior and analgesia.
This book presents a rich diversity of topics — lactation, maternal behavior, pheromone action, chronobiology, allodynia, angiogenesis, prostate physiology, sexual motivation, and specific brain systems, including vomeronasal system, cerebellum, preoptic area, hypothalamus, and spinal cord. This book brings together, in one source, an international "family" of researchers whose work has evolved in diverse but related ways from a seminal set of discoveries and concepts in behavioral neuroendocrinology.
Table of Contents
NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR. Pioneering Studies on the Effects of Steroid Hormone Metabolism on the Brain and Behavior. Neuroendocrine and Behavioral Role of the Medial Preoptic Area in Rabbits: Recollections of Collaboration with Carlos Beyer. Hormonal Regulation of the Copulatory Motor Pattern in Mammals. Neuronal and Neurochemical Correlates of Copulatory Motor Patterns in Male Rats. Male Sexual Satiety and the Coolidge Effect in Rats: Relation between Behavioral and Seminal Parameters. The Sexual Cerebellum. Intracellular Signaling Involved in Progestin Regulation of Female Sexual Behavior in Rodents. The Delicate Line between "Wanting" (Desire) and "Liking" (Reward) Sexual Behavior. NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY OF MATERNAL BEHAVIOR…AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. The Rabbit Doe as a Model of Neuroendocrine Synchronization. The Domestic Rabbit (Oryctolagus Cuniculus) as a Model Animal: From Reproductive Neurobiology to Developmental Psychobiology. A View of Rabbit Maternal Behavior from the Perspectives of Complex Systems and Chronostasis. Multisignaling Approach to the Study of Sexual Differentiation of Brain and Behavior in Mammals. Ubiquitous Modulators of Brain Activity: GABA and Carlos Beyer-Flores, PhD. NEUROENDOCRINE INSIGHTS TOWARD DEVELOPMENT OF THERAPEUTIC AGENTS. From Reproductive Neuroendocrinology and Lactation to Vasoinhibins and Angiogenesis. Neuroendocrine and Molecular Aspects of the Physiology and Pathology of the Prostate. From Sexual Behavior to Analgesia to an Antinociceptive Agent: Glycinamide. EPILOGUE. How Carlos Beyer Influenced our Lives. Photo Gallery.
Barry R. Komisaruk is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark, having graduated from the City University of New York in with a B.S. in Biology in 1961, from Rutgers University with a PhD in Psychobiology in 1965, and a Postdoctoral NIH fellowship in Neuroendocrinology at UCLA in 1966.
He has served as a Program Director at the National Institutes of Health, on the Psychobiology Review Panel at the National Science Foundation, and as Associate Editor on the Journal of Sexual Medicine and Sexual Medicine Reviews. His research firsts include identification of brain regions activated during orgasm in women, the role of the Vagus nerves in conveying genital sensation in women with severed spinal cord, and the phenomenon and mechanism of the pain-blocking action of vaginal stimulation. The research has been funded by grants from the NIH, NSF, and State and private foundations and resulted in over 160 research and 3 books, including "The Science of Orgasm," and "The Orgasm Answer Guide" co-authored with Carlos Beyer, Beverly Whipple, and Sara Nasserzadeh, published in 7 languages. He has shared the Hugo F. Beigel Research Award in Sexuality and the Bullough Award of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and supervised the doctoral dissertations of 26 PhDs and 20 postdoctoral scholars.
Gabriela González-Mariscal graduated in Mexico City from the Metropolitan Autonomous University (B.S. in Biology, 1978), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Master in Science, 1982) and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, CINVESTAV, (PhD in Physiology, 1990). As Full Professor and current Director of the Center for Research in Animal Reproduction (CINVESTAV-Autonomous University of Tlaxcala) her main area of research is the neuroendocrine regulation of sexual and maternal behavior in rabbits, which has been funded by NIH, National Council of Science and Technology (Mexico) and CINVESTAV. She is particularly interested in connecting Behavioral Neuroendocrinology with Animal Science, especially in rabbits. She has been Section Editor in Animal: International Journal of the Biosciences and in World Rabbit Science and she also serves on the Editorial Boards of Developmental Psychobiology and Hormones and Behavior.