Pheromones, GnRH and social neuroscience

ordon Research Conference, 18-23 August 2013, West Dover, VT

Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology
Networks, Circuits, and Modules

Excerpt: “The sixth Neuroethology GRC will be taking place at a time when classical neuroethological topics on sensory and motor systems are increasingly integrated with molecular and genomic approaches, social neuroscience, computational neurobiology, and robotics.”


The final conference presentation is at 8:30 pm – 9:05 pm by Yoshitaka Oka (University of Tokyo) “GnRH neurons involved in central regulation of reproduction and reproductive behavior”

My comment: Why did they save for last the only conference presentation that links the nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution of microbes to man? This might delay the opportunity for others to interpret their findings in the context of glucose uptake-regulation and pheromone-regulation of the GnRH neuronal system in mammals. Others might also then miss the opportunity to link adaptively evolved hormone-organized and hormone-activated behaviors in invertebrates to vertebrates (e.g., via the honeybee model organism).

Do the conference organizers not realize that the “…central regulation of reproduction and reproductive behavior” is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled? Perhaps they simply hope to provide a surprise ending. If so, I hope I haven’t spoiled the surprise, but I think it’s an ending that should have been considered at the beginning of any study design, since GnRH is conserved and its receptor is diversified across 400 million years of vertebrate evolution, which means it can also be linked to the adaptive evolution of species from microbes to man via olfaction and odor receptors.

See for example:
Neurobiological mechanisms underlying GnRH pulse generation by the hypothalamus
Innate versus learned odour processing in the mouse olfactory bulb

Other conference presentations that may be consistent with the facts about GnRH include:
Lauren O’Connell (Harvard University): “Evolutionary origins of neural substrates”
Seth Grant (Edinburgh University): “The cognitive big bang: Experimental approaches to vertebrate cognitive complexity”
Richard James (Bath University): “Animal social networks”
Nicholas Christakis (Harvard School of Public Health): “The evolutionary origins of social homophily”
Michael Platt (Duke University) “Primate social ethology: Tinbergen’s four questions revisited”
Amir Ayali (Tel Aviv University) “Multifaceted amine modulation in the insect STNS”
Jens Herberholz (University of Maryland) “Neural plasticity and behavioral consistency”
Eve Marder (Brandeis University) “Robust neuromodulation in the face of parameter variability”
Karen Maruska (Louisiana State University) “Understanding the link between genes and complex behaviors: Insights from network, genomic, and epistatic analyses”
Kim Hoke (Colorado State University) “Context shapes transcriptional and neural networks to modulate behavior”
Amy Toth (Iowa State University) “Genomic mechanisms of social dominance in paper wasps”
Ralph Greenspan (University of California, San Diego) “Epistatic gene interactions and behavior in Drosophila
Emma Coddington (Willamette University) “Hormonal modulation of neural rhythms underlying reproductive behaviors”
About James V. Kohl 1308 Articles
James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society