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Veenema Alexa H Veenema
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Groningen, the Netherlands, Neuroscience 2003
Masters University of Groningen, the Netherlands, Biology 1997
Primary Program: Behavioral Neuroscience
212 Giltner
(517) 353-1434
aveenema@msu.edu


Research Statement
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Our lab explores the neural basis of social behavior. Specifically, our research focuses on understanding the roles of the neuropeptides vasopressin and oxytocin (as well as opioids and orexin) in regulating social behavior (such as social play, social novelty-seeking, social recognition, social investigation, and sociosexual motivation) and how this is modulated by sex, age, and early life stress. We use rats as model organisms and employ a combination of behavioral, molecular, biochemical, and pharmacological techniques to address our research questions.


Full list of our publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=veenema%20ah 

 

Google Scholar Citations: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=rCQu5AUAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Dissertation: http://www.rug.nl/research/portal/files/14520414/thesis.pdf

 

MSU Neuroscience Program: https://neuroscience.natsci.msu.edu/about-us/directory/faculty/alexa-h-veenema-phd/



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Veenema Lab Our lab explores the neural basis of social behavior. Specifically, our research focuses on understanding the roles of the neuropeptides vasopressin and oxytocin (as well as opioids and orexin) in regulating social behavior (such as social play, social novelty-seeking, social recognition, social investigation, and sociosexual motivation) and how this is modulated by sex, age, and early life stress. We use rats as model organisms and employ a combination of behavioral, molecular, biochemical, and pharmacological techniques to address our research questions.


Research Publications    
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2017Smith CJ, Poehlmann ML, Li S, Ratnaseelan AM, Bredewold R, Veenema AH. Age and sex differences in oxytocin and vasopressin V1a receptor binding densities in the rat brain: focus on the social decision-making network. Brain Struct Funct. 2017, 222:981-1006.
2017Varian BJ, Poutahidis T, DiBenedictis BT, Levkovich T, Ibrahim Y, Didyk E, Shikhman L, Cheung HK, Hardas A, Ricciardi CE, Kolandaivelu K, Veenema AH, Alm EJ, Erdman SE.Microbial lysate upregulates host oxytocin. Brain Behav Immun. 2017, 61:36-49.
2017DiBenedictis BT, Nussbaum ER, Cheung HK, Veenema AH. Quantitative mapping reveals age and sex differences in vasopressin, but not oxytocin, immunoreactivity in the rat social behavior neural network. J Comp Neurol. 2017, Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print]
2016Dumais KM, Alonso AG, Bredewold R, Veenema AH. Role of the oxytocin system in amygdala subregions in the regulation of social interest in male and female rats. Neuroscience 2016, 330:138-49.
2016Dumais KM, Alonso AG, Immormino MA, Bredewold R, Veenema AH. Involvement of the oxytocin system in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis in the sex-specific regulation of social recognition. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2016, 64:79-88.
2016Dumais KM, Veenema AH. Presence and absence of sex differences in structure and function of the brain oxytocin system: Implications for understanding social behavior. In: Sex differences in the central nervous system (R. Shansky, editor). pp. 247–295. Academic Press.
2016Dumais KM, Veenema AH. Vasopressin and oxytocin receptor systems in the brain: Sex differences and sex-specific regulation of social behavior. Front Neuroendocrinol. 2016 Jan;40:1-23.
2015Ferris CF, Yee JR, Kenkel WM, Dumais KM, Moore K, Veenema AH, Kulkarni P, Perkybile AM, Carter CS. Distinct BOLD Activation Profiles Following Central and Peripheral Oxytocin Administration in Awake Rats. Front Behav Neurosci. 2015, 9:245.
2015Smith CJ, Wilkins KB, Mogavero JN, Veenema AH. Social Novelty Investigation in the Juvenile Rat: Modulation by the µ-Opioid System. J Neuroendocrinol. 2015 Oct;27(10):752-64.
2015Bredewold R, Schiavo JK, van der Hart M, Verreij M, Veenema AH. Dynamic changes in extracellular release of GABA and glutamate in the lateral septum during social play behavior in juvenile rats: Implications for sex-specific regulation of social play behavior. Neuroscience. 2015 Oct 29;307:117-27.