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Organisation of the 2019 conference of the french Society for Neuroendocrinology

Tours 2-4 October 2019


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Calcium imaging on vomeronasal sensory neurons.

Publication in PNAS

An olfactory switch between male-male agression and paternal behavior in male mice!
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November 2018 Nouzilly

Our new book on animal sexual behavior is out!

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Neuroendocrine mechanisms and sustainable control of seasonality in sheep and goats

Neuroendocrine mechanisms and sustainable control of seasonality in sheep and goats

Control of seasonality and male effect
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MRI functionnal connectivity

Publication in Psychoneuroendocrinology

Visualization of sex differences in the sheep brain by the use of MRI
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Welcome to the website of our group dedicated to the Neuroendocrinology of Sexual Interactions and Behaviors. Our group is part of the UMR Physiology of Reproduction and Behaviors INRA/CNRS/University of Tours/French Institute of Horse and Riding which is located on the INRA center of Nouzilly. This group was was created to give a new dynamic and visibility to traditional themes of unity, centered around neuroendocrine and olfactory regulation of reproductive behavior (including parental or aggression behaviors), which are of vital importance for the survival and evolution of the species.

Thus, we explore the social, environmental and physiological regulations of reproductive behavior. In other words, we are interested in interactions between environmental factors (social factors in particular olfactory, photoperiod ...), neurobiological and endocrine regulations and the behavior of species. To this end, we use a variety of animal models that serve us as model species (rodents in particular) but also as target species (small ruminants, equidae ...); we are also working on wildlife. This diversity makes it possible to place our work in a comparative perspective. Finally, if our work is of fundamental nature, it also fits, where possible, into an innovation perspective in the agronomic, environmental and pre-clinical fields.

You will find more details about our work and approaches in the different pages of this site. If they interest you, do not hesitate to contact us or join us!

Matthieu Keller, group leader