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H Elliott Albers

Professor, Regents    Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience    ,

1974 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; B.A.
1978 Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; M.S.
1979 Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; Ph.D.
1979 - 1982 Research Fellow in Physiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1981 - 1982 Research Associate in Endocrinology and Neurobiology, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Shrewsbury, MA
1982 - 1984 Senior Research Associate in Endocrinology and Neurobiology, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Shrewsbury, MA


Dr. Albers is Regents Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. The Center is a consortium of metro Atlanta colleges and universities. The Center which began operation in 1999 has received over $53 million from the National Science Foundation and the Georgia Research Alliance. More than 100 neuroscientists are engaged in the Center’s research programs with the goal of understanding the basic neurobiology of social behaviors. The Center also directs comprehensive educational programs designed to educate the next generation of scientists and the general public. Dr. Albers has published extensively on the neural basis of behavior, has served on multiple editorial boards and has served as a consultant for more than 30 scientific journals. His research program has been continuously funded by National Institutes of Health and/or the National Science Foundation for nearly 30 years. He has been a member of numerous academic and scientific advisory boards. He has been an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Before joining Georgia State University in 1986, Dr. Albers was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He earned his doctorate from Tulane University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.


Recent Publications

  1. Gil, M., Nguyen, N.T, McDonald, M. and Albers, H.E. Social Reward: interaction with social status, social communication, aggression and associated neural activation in the ventral tegmental area. Eur. J. Neurosci., 38:2308-18, 2013.
  2. Song, Z., McCann, K.E., McNeill, J.K., Larkin, T.E., Huhman, K.L. and Albers, H.E. Oxytocin induces social communication by activating arginine-vasopressin receptors and not oxytocin receptors.  , 50:14-9, 2014.
  3. Soma, K.K., Rendon, N, .M., Boonstra, R., Albers, H.E. and Demas, G.E. DHEA effects on the brain and behavior:  insights from comparative studies of aggression. J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol., 145:261-72, 2015.
  4. Albers, H.E. Species, sex and individual differences in the vasotocin/vasopressin system: Relationship to neurochemical signaling in the social behavior neural network. Front Neuroendocrinol., 36:49-71, 2015.
  5. Wang, M., Geng, X., Song, Z., Albers, H.E., Yang, M., Zhang, X., Xie, J., Au, Q., and He, T. Altered neuronal activity in primary motor cortex and globus pallidus after dopamine depletion in rats. Neurol. Sci., 348:231-40, 2015.
  6. Hummer, D.L., Ehlen, J.C., Larkin, T.E., McNeill, J.K., Pamplin, J.R., Walker, C.A., Ddhanraj, D.R., and Albers, H.E. Sustained activation of GABAA receptors in the suprachiasmatic nucleus mediates light-induced phase delays of the circadian clock: a novel function of ionotropic receptors. Eur. J. Neurosci., 42(2): 1830-8, 2015.
  7. Caldwell, H.K. and Albers, H.E. Oxytocin, vasopressin, and the motivational forces that drive social behavior. Curr. Top. Behav. Neurosci. 27:51-103, 2016.
  8. Song, Z., Larkin, T.E., O’Malley, M. and Albers, H.E. Oxytocin (OT) and arginine-vasopressin (AVP) act on OT receptors and not AVP V1a receptors to enhance social recognition in adult Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) Horm. Behav., 81:20-7, 2016.
  9. Song, Z., Borland, J.M., Larkin, T.E., O’Malley, M. and Albers H.E. Activation of oxytocin receptors, but not arginine-vasopressin V1a receptors, in the ventral tegmental area of male Syrian hamsters is essential for the reward-like properties of social interactions. 74:164-172, 2016.
  10. Terranova, J.I, Song, Z., Larkin, T.E., 2nd, Hardcastle N., Norvelle A., Riaz A, and Albers, H.E. Serotonin and arginine-vasopressin mediate sex differences in the regulation of dominance and aggression by the social brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 113:13233-13238, 2016.
  11. Albers, H.E., Walton, J.C., Gamble, K.L., McNeill, J.K. 4th and Hummer, D.L. The dynamics of GABA signaling: Revelations from the circadian pacemaker in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. Front Neuroendocrinol. 44:35-82, 2017.
  12. Walton JC, McNeill JK 4th, Oliver KA,Albers HE.  Temporal regulation of GABAA receptor subunit expression: Role in synaptic and extrasynaptic communication in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. eNeuro. 4(2), 2017.
  13. Ross AP, Norvelle A, Choi DC, Walton JC,Albers HE, Huhman KL. Social housing and social isolation: Impact on stress indices and energy balance in male and female Syrian hamsters. Physiol Behav. 177:264-269, 2017.
  14. Borland JM, Frantz KJ, Aiani LM, Grantham KN, Song Z,Albers HE.   A novel operant task to assess social reward and motivation in rodents. J Neurosci Methods. 287:80-88, 2017.
  15. Terranova, JI, Ferris CF, Albers. Sex differences in the regulation of offensive aggression and dominance by arginine-vasopressin. Front Endocrinol. 2017 Nov 14;8:308. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2017.00308. . Review eCollection 2017.
  16. Ryu V, Zarebidaki E, Albers HE, Xue B, Bartenss TJ. Short photoperiod reverses obesity in Siberian hamsters via sympathetically induced lipolysis and Browning in adipose tissue. Physiol Behav. 190:11-20, 2018.
  17. Song Z, Albers HE. Cross-talk among oxytocin and arginine-vasopressin receptors: Relevance for basic and clinical studies of the brain and periphery. Front Neuroendocrinol. 51:14-24, 2018.
  18. Rogers CN, Ross AP, Sahu SP, Siegel ER, Dooyema JM, Cree MA, Stopa EG, Young LJ, Rilling JK,Albers HE, Preuss TM. Oxytocin- and arginine vasopressin-cotaining fibers in the cortex of humans, chimpanzees, and rhesus macaques. Am J Primatol. 2018 Oct;80(10):e22875. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22875. Epub 2018 May 24.
  19. Borland JM, Grantham KN, Aiani LM, Frantz KJ,Albers HE. Role of oxytocin in the ventral tegmental area in social reinforcement. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 Sep;95:128-137. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.05.028. Epub 2018 May 21.
  20. Borland JM, Rilling JK, Frantz KJ,Albers HE. Sex-dependent regulation of social reward by oxytocin: An inverted U hypothesis. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 Jun 23. doi: 10.1038/s41386-018-0129-2. Review [Epub ahead of print].
  21. McNeill JK 4th, Walton JC, Albers HE. Functional significance of the excitatory effects of GABA in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. J Biol Rhythms. 2018 Aug;33(4):376-387. doi: 10.1177/0748730418782820. Epub 2018 Jul 5.
  22. Borland, J.M., Aiani, L.M., Norvelle, A., Grantham, K.N., O’Laughlin, K., Terranova, J.I., Frantz, K.J. and Albers, H.E. Sex-dependent regulation of social reward by oxytocin receptors in the ventral tegmental area. Neuropsychopharmacology 2018 Nov 6. doi: 10.1038/s41386-018-0262-y. [Epub ahead of print].

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