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 returned from the Fifteenth Annual of the Society for Behavioral Neuroscience, held this year in Queretaro, Mexico! We presented three posters regarding our current research and were fortunate enough to meet many distinguished scientists in the field.

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Publications

Recent Publications

Moscovice L., Borrow, A.P., Soehngen E. and Cameron, N.M. (submitted). Maternal care and sexual behavior influence plasma oxytocin in female rat.

Prior, K.M., Cameron, N.M. (submitted). The effect of maternal care on female rat reproductive behavior in a group mating environment.

Cameron, N.M. (2011) Maternal programming of reproductive function and behavior in the female rat. Front Evol Neurosci 3(10): [Epub ahead of print]

Borrow, A.P., Cameron N.M. (2011). The Role of Oxytocin in Mating and Pregnancy. Horm Behav. Nov 7: [Epub ahead of print]

Cameron , NM and Garcia JR. No Eden without Eve: Evolutionary biology and human maternal effect. In M Fisher, JR Garcia, RS Chang, SL Strout (Eds), Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. (In press: Oxford University Press, New York).

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.

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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.

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Previous Publications

Cameron, N.M., E. Soehngen and Meaney, M.J. (2011) Variations in maternal care influences ventromedial hypothalamus activation in the rat. J. Neuroendocrinol. Vol. 23, pp 393-400

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., 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.

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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Talks

Upcoming Talks

Coming soon: community outreach by the Cameron lab!

Previous Talks

Fifth Annual NorthEast Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) Conference, April 1st, 2011

Marisa Levy, Nicole Cameron

State University of New York at Binghamton

Biology Department Presentation, February 11, 2011

Mother's Touch: The source of endocrinological and behavioral patterns of daughters in the rat

Nicole Cameron

Biological Sciences Research Symposium, January 21, 2011

Prenatal testosterone treatment effects on both high and low licking/grooming female offspring

Amanda Borrow

Adolescent motherhood disrupts maternal care

Liz Soehngen

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Sometimes the answer is “...nope.”

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: 6/27/14