Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Inga D. Neumann
The scientific focus of our Department of Behavioural and Molecular Neurobiology lies on the brain mechanisms underlying emotional and social behaviours, and stress-related adaptations - both acute and chronic, early in life or in adulthood. We are, in particular, interested in the fine-tuned involvement of neuropeptides of the brain such as oxytocin, vasopressin, corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and neuropeptide S in the regulation of anxiety- and depression-related behaviours, social preference, social avoidance, social fear, inter-male and abnormal aggression, and maternal and sexual behaviour in rodents. Another major research topic is related to chronic psychosocial stress, and its consequences on, for example, emotionality, the central metabotropic glutamate system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and immunological functions.
A broad variety of behavioural tests as well as acute and chronic stress paradigms are currently used in conjunction with neuroendocrine (e.g. blood sampling, microdialysis, in vitro assays), cellular (signalling cascades, Western blot), molecular (e.g. gene expression arrays, receptor binding), and pharmacogenetic (selective agonists, antagonists, antisense targeting, viral vectors) tools.
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The Neumann Lab is strongly involved in the following programs at the University of Regensburg:
Elite-Master’s Programme: Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience
Research Consortium: Violence and Aggression in Nature and Culture
newly DFG funded graduate school "Neurobiology of emotion dysfunctions"