Pre-conference satellite symposium

New horizons in neuroendocrinology of social behavior

April 7, 2019Weizmann Institute of science

The World Congress on Neurohypophyseal Hormones (WCNH) has been held every two years in various countries all over the world, starting in 1995 in Nasu, Japan.  These meetings have been providing a comprehensive overview of the latest advances in the field of the neurohypophysial peptide hormones oxytocin and arginine-vasopressin. These peptides are involved in the maintenance of homeostatic functions such as water, salt, energy balance and reproductive physiology as well as stress, social and sexual behaviors. 

WCNH 2019 will continue the tradition of previous meetings to gather young and established investigators who are studying multiple aspects of oxytocin and vasopressin research. These include developmental, physiological, behavioral and clinical aspects related to the action of oxytocin and vasopressin as well as to other associated neuroendocrine systems.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Nonapeptides synthesis, trafficking and release.
  • Developmental, molecular and cell biology of oxytocin and vasopressin.
  • Peripheral activities of the oxytocin and vasopressin systems.
  • Neurophysiology of magnocellular and parvocellular neurons.
  • Neuronal networks and brain circuits of the oxytocin and vasopressin systems.
  • Oxytocin and vasopressin control over sensory information processing in the brain.
  • Oxytocin and vasopressin as modulators of mammalian socio-emotional behavior.
  • Oxytocin and vasopressin as modulators of metabolism and food consumption.
  • Parent-infant interactions for successful reproduction and nurturing.


Deadline for early registration:

March 10, 2019


  • Gil Levkowitz
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Shlomo Wagner
    University of Haifa, Israel
  • Valery Grinevich
    Central Institute of Mental Health & German Cancer Research Center, Germany


  • הקרן הלאומית למדע
  • Haifa University
  • Weizmann Institute of Science - Aharon Katzir Center
  • Journal of Neuroendocrinology
  • Ministry of Science and Technology
  • European NeuroEndocrine Association

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