BSN stream

The British Society for Neuroendocrinology is a scientific society that exists to promote research and learning into the interplay between the endocrine and nervous systems that control so many important body processes.

The ultimate aim of this research is to provide therapies for the many neuroendocrine diseases and disorders that may develop throughout the life, course, and to develop methods to beneficially regulate normal neuroendocrine function in man and animals.The BSN stream within the BNA2019 Festival of Neuroscience consists of the following sessions:

BSN Programme Stream:

Sunday 14th April: 11.00 - 12.30 

BSN Council meeting (Council members only)

Sunday 14th April: 16.20 - 18.00

S6: Kisspeptin: a novel regulator of sex hormone secretion and sexual behaviour​
Waljit Dhillo, Imperial College London, UK - Kisspeptin modulates sexual and emotional brain processing in humans
Su Han, University of Otago, New Zealand (co-chair) - Arcuate kisspeptin neurons are the long-elusive hypothalamic pulse generator driving fertility​
Kevin O’Byrne, King's College London, UK (co-chair) - Amygdala kisspeptin, sexual behaviour and anxiety in rodent models​
Julie Bakker, University of Liège, Belgium - Female sexual behaviour in mice is controlled by kisspeptin neurones

Monday 15th April: 09.30 - 11.10

S11: The neuroendocrinology of programmed rheostasis
Tyler Stevenson, University of Aberdeen, UK (co-chair) - The role of thyroid hormone for long-term energy balance
Jaclyn Schwarz, University of Delaware, US - Impact of early-life immune activation on long-term immune function and the ontogeny of learning in males and females
Denise Hough, University of Glasgow, UK (co-chair) - Long-term regulation of steroid hormone biosynthesis​
Jonathan Perez, University of Glasgow, Extra-retinal regulation of avian reproduction: a role for va-opsin and neuropsin
Catherine Hume, University of Edinburgh, In vitro optogenetic stimulation of vasopressin retinal ganglion cell axons in the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus

Monday 15th April: Lunchtime 12.50 - 13.50 

BSN Annual General Meeting
All BSN members are welcome to attend.

Tuesday 16th April: 09.30 - 11.10

BSN Special Session
The BSN Alison Douglas Lecture by Dr Jane Robinson, University of Glasgow, UK. 

Tuesday 16th April: 15.30 - 17.10

Prize session:
The Prize session will feature the BSN Michael Harbuz prize winner 

Wednesday 17th April: 09.30 - 11.10

S31: Sleep and the neuroendocrine system
Henrik Oster, University of Lubeck, Germany - Animal models of sleep, and neuroendocrine physiology 
Nayantara Santhi Melatonin, University of Surrey, UK - Human sleep, and neuroendocrine physiology 
Eve Van Cauter, University of Chicago, US (co-chair) - Sleep, Hormones and Metabolism
Edward Harding, Imperial College London, UK - Distinct preoptic neurons connect sleep onset and body cooling in response to a warm stimulus
Co-chair: John Johnston, University of Surrey, UK

Wednesday 17th April: 11:50 - 12:50, the Auditorium, CCD

BSN Plenary: Hunger games: New insights into the brain control of hunger

Professor Lora Heisler
University of Aberdeen, UK

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