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First Friday Seminar: biological controls of social behavior

TULSA, Okla. – Loretta M. Flanagan-Cato, Ph.D., an associate professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the topic “Re-wiring to Regulate Reproduction,” at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences First Friday Seminar on March 4.

Dr. Flanagan-Cato will present recent findings from her laboratory at the seminar. Her research will help to answer basic questions about the biological controls of social behavior. It has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The seminar is at noon in room D-107 of the Center for Advanced Medical Education on the OSU-CHS campus, 17th Street and Southwest Boulevard in Tulsa. The public is invited. Refreshments will be available at 11:45 a.m.

More about the research topic
Animals, including people, show a remarkable ability to adapt their behaviors depending on their internal state. For example, when animals reach sexual maturity, a new set of social behaviors emerge in response to potential mates that helps to ensure reproductive success. Gonadal hormones, like estrogens, are critical for controlling these behaviors. But how do hormones alter brain function to elicit appropriate behavioral responses? To answer this question, Dr. Loretta Flanagan-Cato, an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, uses techniques ranging from behavioral studies, to cellular protein and molecular assays, to analysis of synaptic connections, in studies that focus on how estradiol induces neural plasticity in the rat hypothalamus, a region that controls mating behaviors in females.


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.