Scientific Communications

An important part of our lab's philosophy involves communication with the rest of the behavioral neuroscience community. Here are some of our more recent publications, talks, and posters.

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Recent Conferences Attended

We recently attended the annual Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the 8th International Conference on Hormones, Brain, and Behavior in Liege, Belgium. We look forward to attending the annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience and the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP) in Washington D.C. in November, 2014!

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Publications

Recent Publications

Borrow, A.P., and Cameron, N.M. (2014) Estrogenic mediation of serotoninergic and neurotrophic systems: implications for female mood disorders. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, 54 (3): 13-25.  

Borrow, A.P., Levy, M.J., Soehngen E.P. and Cameron, N.M. (2013). Maternal care and perinatal testosterone exposure modulate female puberty onset. J Neuroendocrinol. 25(6): 528-536. 

McCormick, C.M., Green, M.R., Cameron, N.M., Nixon, F., Levy, M.J. and Clark, R.A. (2013). Deficits in male sexual behavior in adulthood after social instability stress in adolescence in rats. Horm Behav, 63(1):5-12.

Borrow, A.P. and Cameron N.M. (2012). The role of oxytocin in mating and pregnancy. Horm Behav. 61(3):266-276.

Parent, C., Del Corpo, A., Cameron, N.M. and Meaney, M.J. (2012). Maternal care associates with play dominance rank among adult female rats. Dev Psychobiol. 55(7):745-756.

Prior, K.M., Meaney, M.J., and Cameron, N.M. (2012). The effect of maternal care on female rat reproductive behavior in a group mating environment. Dev Psychobiol 55(8):838-848. 

Open Access Publications

Cameron, N.M. (2011). Maternal programming of reproductive function and behavior in the female rat. Review. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, Vol 3, Article 10. (pdf, 650KB)

Cameron, N.M., Del Corpo, A., Diorio, J., McAllister, K., Sharma S. and Meaney, M.J. (2008) Maternal programming of sexual behavior and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal function in the female rat. Plos One. Vol 3, No 5 e2210. (pdf, 355KB)

Previous Publications

Cameron, N, Shahrokh, D., Del Corpo, A., Dhir, S., Szyf, M., Champagne, F.A. and Meaney, M.J. (2008) Epigenetic programming of phenotypic variations in reproductive strategies in the rat through maternal care. J. Neuroendocrinol. Vol.20, No 6 pp 795-801.

Cameron, N.M., Fish, E.W. and Meaney, M.J. (2008). Maternal influences on the sexual behavior and reproductive success of the female rat. Horm Behav. Vol 54, No 1 pp 178-184.

Cameron N.M., Dhir SK, Meaney M.J. (2006). Effect of maternal care and ovariectomy on sexual behavior and c-Fos activity in the female rat. Front. Neuroendocrinol. 27, 144

Cameron, N.M., Champagne, F.A., Parent C. Fish, E.W. Ozaki-Kuroda, K. and Meaney, M.J. (2005). The programming of individual differences in defensive responses and reproductive strategies in the rat through variations in maternal care. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews Vol. 29, No. 4-5 pp 843-865.

Cameron, N.M. , Carey, P.S. and Erskine, M.S. (2004). Medullary noradrenergic neurons release norepinephrine in the medial amygdala in females in response to mating stimulation sufficient for pseudopregnancy. Brain Research, Vol 1022, pp 137-147.

Cameron, N.M. , Ha, G.K. and Erskine, M.S. (2004). Fos expression after mating in noradrenergic cells of the A1 and A2 areas of the medulla is altered by adrenalectomy. J Neuroendocrinology, Vol. 16, No 9, pp 750-757.

Erskine, M.S., Lehmann M.L., Cameron, N.M. and Polston, E (2004). Co-regulation of sexual behaviour and pregnancy induction: an exploratory synthesis. Behavioural Brain Research, Vol. 153, pp 295-315.

Cameron, N , Ha, G.K. and Erskine, M.S. (2003). Effect of adrenalectomy on mating-induced prolactin surges and pseudopregnancy in the female rat. Neuroendocrinology, Vol. 78, No. 5, pp138-146.

Cameron, N and Erskine, M.S. (2003). C-fos expression in the forebrain after mating in the female rat is altered by adrenalectomy. Neuroendocrinology, Vol. 77, No. 5, pp 15-23.

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 Selected Posters

Borrow, A.P., Cameron, N.M. (November 2014). Interacting Effects of Maternal Care and Allopregnanolone on Anxious Behavior in the Female Rat. Poster Presentation at Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C. -coming soon

Borrow, A.P., Cameron, N.M. (April 2014). A Novel Model of Premenstrual Affective Disorders in the Cycling Rat. Poster Presentation at Organization for the Study of Sex Differences. Minneapolis, Minnesota. (pdf, 2.3 MB)

Borrow, A.P., Cameron, N.M. (November 2013). The Effect of Maternal Care on Depressive-like Behaviors and BDNF Expression Via Progesterone Activity. Poster Presentation at Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, California. (pdf, 2.5 MB)

Popoola, D.O., Nizhnikov, N.E., Spear, N., Cameron, N.M. (November 2013). Trans-generational effects of prenatal ethanol exposure in rats: preweanling ethanol consumption and adolescent sensitivity to ethanol's sedative-hypnotic effect. Poster Presentation at Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, California. (pdf, 470 KB)

Borrow, A.P., Rametta, S., Cameron, N.M. (June 2013). Maternal Care and Estrous cycle Effects on Locomotor Activity in the Rat. Poster Presentation at Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Atlanta, Georgia. (pdf, 2.2 MB)

Borrow, A.P., Cameron, N.M. (October 2012). Natural Variations in Maternal Care Modulate Effects of Prenatal Testosterone Exposure on Sexual Behavior and Estrogen Receptor alpha Expression. Poster Presentation at Society for Neuroscience. New Orleans, Louisiana. (pdf, 402 KB)

Borrow, A.P., Cameron, N.M. (June 2012). Prenatal Testosterone Exposure Effects on Female Sexual Behavior in High and Low Licking/Grooming Offspring. Poster Presentation at Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Madison, Wisconsin. (pdf, 1.3 MB)

 Borrow, A.P., Moscovice, L., Cameron, N.M. (April 2012). Is Oxytocin the "Love Hormone?" The answer coming from both human and animal research. Poster Presentation at Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society. Plymouth, New Hampshire. (pdf, 9.6 MB)

Borrow, A.P., Moscovice, L.R., Cameron, N.M. (October 2011). Maternal Care But Not
Plasma Oxytocin Affects Social Behavior Across the Estrous Cycle. Poster Presentation at Workshop on Prosocial Behavior. Atlanta, Georgia. (pdf, 4.5 MB)

Borrow, A.P., Moscovice, L.R., Soehngen, E., Cameron, N.M. (July 2011). Maternal Effects on Peripheral Oxytocin Levels in the Rat. Poster Presentation at Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Queretaro, Mexico. (pdf, 2.2 MB)

Borrow, A.P., Levy, M., Lugo, M.L., Cameron, N.M. (July 2010). Maternal Effects on the Development of the Reproductive System. Poster Presentation at Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Toronto, Canada. (pdf, 834 KB)

Oral Presentations

Upcoming Talks

Borrow, A.P. "Maternal care programs estrous cycle-mediated affective behaviors in the female rat." Fall, 2014. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, D.C.

Popoola, D. "Molecular and transgenerational behavioral effects of prenatal ethanol exposure." Fall, 2014. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, D.C. 

Selected Recent Talks

Popoola, D. and Cameron, N.M. "The effects of ethanol and strain on maternal care in rats." Fall, 2013. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, CA.

Borrow, A.P. and Cameron, N.M. "A natural model of gonadal steroid effects on emotional lability and risky behavior in females." Summer, 2014. 8th International Conference on Hormones, Brain and Behavior (ICHBB) Liège, Belgium

Popoola, D. and Cameron, N.M. "Transgenerational effects of prenatal ethanol exposure in rats: Preweanling ethanol consumption and adolescent sensitivity to ethanol'd sedative-hypnotic effect." Fall 2013. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

 Cameron, N.M. "Effects of maternal care on paced mating behavior and reproductive success of the female rat." Summer 2012. Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, Toronto, Canada.

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Null Findings

Not every hypothesis is supported by the data, and sometimes procedures that seem perfectly fine come out with less than optimal results. Here are a few recent examples from our lab.

Effect of Puberty on Maternal Care

A pilot study in our lab mated pubertal (PD 33) female offspring of previously characterized high or low LG mothers for the purposes of a longitudinal experiment. Observations were performed at 7 am, 10 am, and 1 pm for six consecutive days following partuition to confirm phenotype replication. Of 11 litters examined, 7 displayed an LG score which differed from their dams' by at least 2.5% of time spent licking or grooming their young. (LG scores reflect the % of time a dam spends licking or grooming her pups.) All 7 mothers had given birth to pups at or before postnatal day 60, the standard age used as the beginning of adulthood. Females which gave birth after this day had phenotypes which corresponded to those of their dams.

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Last Updated: 10/23/14