International Guest Speakers

Dr Robert M Deacon, University of Oxford

Dr Robert M Deacon
Dr Deacon is a behavioral neuroscientist. He has special interest in devising methods for behavioral phenotyping in animal models of neurologic disorders, with overall aim of testing novel treatments for these disorders. A lot of his research focuses on hippocampal lesions typical of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr Deacon has >110 international journal publications, including several Nature Protocols on novel behavioral phenotyping tests in mice.

Some examples are given below:

  • Deacon RM. A Novel Approach to Discovering Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. J Alzheimers Dis Parkinsonism 2014;4:142. doi: 10.4172/2161-
    Chang T, Alexopoulos H, McMenamin M, Carvajal-Gonzalez A, Alexander SK, Deacon R, Erdelyi F, Szabo G, Lang B, Blaes F, et al. Neuronal surface and glutamic acid decarboxylase autoantibodies in Nonparaneoplastic stiff person syndrome. JAMA Neurol 2013;70(9):1140-9.
  • Deacon RM. The successive alleys test of anxiety in mice and rats. J Vis Exp 2013(76).
  • Deacon RM. Measuring motor coordination in mice. J Vis Exp 2013(75):e2609.
  • Sanderson DJ, Rawlins JN, Deacon RM, et al. Hippocampal lesions can enhance discrimination learning despite normal sensitivity to interference from incidental information. Hippocampus 2012;22(7):1553-66.
  • Deacon RM. Assessing nest building in mice. Nat Protoc 2006;1(3):1117-9.
  • Deacon RM. Housing, husbandry and handling of rodents for behavioral experiments. Nat Protoc 2006;1(2):936-46.
  • Deacon RM. Digging and marble burying in mice: simple methods for in vivo identification of biological impacts. Nat Protoc 2006;1(1):122-4.
  • Line SJ, Barkus C, Coyle C, Jennings KA, Deacon RM, et al. Opposing alterations in anxiety and species-typical behaviours in serotonin transporter overexpressor and knockout mice. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2011;21(1):108-16.
  • Murray AJ, Knight NS, Cochlin LE, McAleese S, Deacon RM, Rawlins JN, Clarke K. Deterioration of physical performance and cognitive function in rats with short-term high-fat feeding. FASEB J 2009;23(12):4353-60.

Prof Gustav Jirikowski, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

Prof Gustav Jirikowski
Prof Gustav has > 140 international journal publications in the fields of neuroscience, stress response and hormonal factors influencing adiposity and neurocognition. Below are some of his recent publications:

  • Sivukhina EV, Jirikowski GF. Adrenal steroids in the brain: role of the intrinsic expression of corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG) in the stress response. Steroids 2014;81:70-3.
  • Sendemir E, Kafa IM, Schafer HH, Jirikowski GF. Altered oxytocinergic hypothalamus systems in sepsis. J Chem Neuroanat 2013;52:44-8.
  • Caldwell JD, Jirikowski GF. Sex hormone binding globulin and corticosteroid binding globulin as major effectors of steroid action. Steroids 2014;81:13-6.
  • Caldwell JD, Jirikowski GF. An active role for steroid-binding globulins: an update. Horm Metab Res 2013;45(7):477-84.
  • Schafer HH, de Villiers JD, Sivukhina E, Lewis J, Wande D, Perembe B, Jirikowski G. Altered homeostasis of systemic glucocorticoids as related to obesity, glucose tolerance, and smoking. Horm Metab Res 2013;45(3):245-51.
  • Sivukhina EV, Poskrebysheva AS, Smurova Iu V, Dolzhikov AA, Morozov Iu E, Jirikowski GF, Grinevich V. Altered hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity in patients with chronic heart failure. Horm Metab Res 2009;41(10):778-84.
  • Sivukhina E, Helbling JC, Minni AM, Schafer HH, Pallet V, Jirikowski GF, Moisan MP. Intrinsic expression of transcortin in neural cells of the mouse brain: a histochemical and molecular study. J Exp Biol 2013;216(Pt 2):245-52.

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