Welcome to the PANS Pandemic Educational (PPE) Series 20/21

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PANS will host a virtual seminar once every two months on the last Friday of the month at noon EST. We expect to have a vibrant discussion after the seminar.

The third PPE-series event will feature:

Professor Jon E. Levine

Director of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center,

Professor, Department of Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Estrogens, estrogen receptors and sexual behavior in primates:  Is it all in our heads?

Friday January 29, 2021 at 12 noon EST/11:00 CST

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Dr. Jon E. Levine, Ph.D. completed his B.A. at Oberlin College and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. After postdoctoral training at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (1982-1984), Levine joined the faculty at Northwestern University and remained there until 2010 as Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology.  While on the faculty at Northwestern, Levine served as Director of the Program in Biological Sciences (1999-2006), and as Director of a NIH-sponsored Training Program in Reproductive Biology (1991-2010). He is currently the Director of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Levine’s research is focused on the neuroendocrine regulation of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons, molecular and cellular mechanisms by which steroid hormones exert physiological and behavioral actions in the brain, and the pathogenesis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). He has had the privilege of serving as a primary mentor for  numerous postdoctoral (10), doctoral (22), masters (15), and undergraduate honors (>50) trainees in the conduct of neuroendocrine research.    Levine served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (2002-2016), on numerous NIH Advisory and Study Panels, and in a variety of roles in directing meetings and publications of the Endocrine Society. Levine joined other neuroendocrinologists in the 1990s to establish the American Neuroendocrine Society, which organized annual Neuroendocrine Workshops in conjunction with Endocrine Society meetings and served as a precursor to the present-day Pan-American Neuroendocrine Society.


Damasia Becu-Villalobos

Senior Researcher
Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine (IBYME)
National Research Council of Argentina


Our laboratory has worked for almost 20 years unraveling the regulation of the pituitary, both in normal physiology and in pathological states. We study the biochemical, physiological and molecular mechanisms that regulate pituitary function, and the effect of hormones at the central nervous system, in reproduction and metabolic control. One of our aims is to propose alternative therapies in dopamine agonist resistant prolactinomas. We work with two transgenic mouse models which lack the dopamine receptor D2, and with human samples of resistant prolactinomas. We also study the role of sexual differentiation of the hypothalamus in pituitary control, and its impact on GH regulation of hepatic sexual dimorphism. We have recently undertaken the study of the participation of the pituitary in pancreatic function, in particular, trying to understand the development of type 2 diabetes in antipsychotic treatments. Our laboratory also studies the role of the pituitary in milk production and parasite infection in dairy heifers in Argentine farms.

Title: “Prolactin in health and disease: metabolic actions at brain centers modifying pancreatic, adipose tissue and liver functions”.


Andrea C Gore

Professor College of Pharmacy,
Department of Psychology

Mildred Hajek Vacek and John Roman Vacek Chair in Pharmacology, in Honor of Professor C. C. Alber

Work in the Gore Laboratory focuses on the neuroendocrine control of reproduction, and connections among hormones, brain sexual differentiation, and behavior. Current research seeks to understand how prenatal exposure to environmental endocrine disruptors (EDCs) causes molecular epigenetic modifications and cellular changes to the developing hypothalamus and the manifestations of these effects later in life, and transgenerationally. We also have a longstanding interest in brain aging and menopause, and how hormones such estrogens affect molecular and cellular properties of the brain.