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Dr. Iulia Zoicas



My main research interests are the underlying mechanisms of social and cued fear, with focus on therapeutical approaches. For this, I am using several behavioral paradigms, as well as pharmacological and histological techniques in both mice and rats. The behavioral paradigms include cued fear conditioning, social fear conditioning, social approach-avoidance, social and object discrimination, elevated plus-maze, forced swim test. The pharmacological and histological techniques include stereotaxic surgery, central (icv, local) and i.p. drug administration, receptor autoradiography.



2013 to date

Post-doctoral researcher (ELITE-Network Bavaria funded) in Prof. Neumann's group at the University of Regensburg, Germany

2009 – 2013
PhD student in neurobiology in Prof. Neumann's group at the University of Regensburg, Germany

M Sc. in Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences (ECN) at the University of Regensburg, Germany (Master thesis: Role of oxytocin in social memory and social approach behavior in male C57BL/6 mice).

undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Timisoara, Romania

April 15th, 1984 in Timisoara, Romania




Toth I, Neumann ID (2013) Animal models of social avoidance and social fear. Cell and Tissue Research. doi:10.1007/s00441-013-1636-4

Toth I, Neumann ID, Slattery DA (2013) Social fear conditioning as an animal model of social anxiety disorder. Curr Protoc Neurosci. Chapter 9: Unit 9.42. doi: 10.1002/0471142301.ns0942s63.

Lukas M*, Toth I*, Veenema AH, Neumann ID (2013) Oxytocin mediates rodent social memory within the lateral septum and the medial amygdala depending on the relevance of the social stimulus: Male juvenile versus female adult conspecifics. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 38(6): 916-26. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.09.018.


Toth I, Neumann ID, Slattery DA (2012) Central administration of oxytocin receptor ligands affects cued fear extinction in rats and mice in a timepoint-dependent manner. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 223(2):149-58. doi: 10.1007/s00213-012-2702-4.

Toth I, Neumann ID, Slattery DA (2012) Social fear conditioning: a novel and specific animal model to study social anxiety disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology. 37(6):1433-43. doi: 10.1038/npp.2011.329

Toth I, Dietz M, Peterlik D, Huber SE, Fendt M, Neumann ID, Flor PJ, Slattery DA (2012) Pharmacological interference with metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 7 but not subtype 5 differentially affects within- and between-session extinction of Pavlovian conditioned fear. Neuropharmacology. 62(4):1619-26.

Lukas M, Toth I, Reber SO, Slattery DA, Veenema AH, Neumann ID (2011) The neuropeptide oxytocin facilitates pro-social behavior and prevents social avoidance in rats and mice. Neuropsychopharmacology. 36(11):2159-68. doi:10.1038/npp.2011.95

  1. Fakultäten
  2. Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin

Dr. Iulia Zoicas