- Brain Awareness Week
Neurobiology of stress
We combine behavioral, physiological, functional neuroanatomical, and cellular approaches to unravel the neural circuitry that underlies adaptive neuroendocrine responses to stress. Recently we have identified a locus in the basal forebrain that serves as a neural hub for integrating and relaying information between the limbic forebrain and neuroendocrine effectors in the hypothalamus. We now use this system to examine the cellular and circuit-induced alterations that contribute to chronic stress-induced neuroendocrine dysfunction.