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Sex, stress, and alcohol: Role of gonadal hormones in regulating hypothalamic-pituitary-adreenal axis responses to alcohol

Seminar Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences Seminar Series

Dan Selvage, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy, University of New England

Host: Ling Cao, Assistant Professor in Microbiology


Dr. Selvage earned a BSc in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1986, a MPhil in Biology/Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1996, and a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Montana in 2001.

After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, he took a position as an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University in 2004. Dr. Selvage joined the University of New England as an Associate Professor in 2010, where he teaches pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy.

His laboratory, which is funded by a 5 year NIH award, investigates sex differences in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (aka 'stress axis') responses to alcohol. This research focuses on determining how gonadal hormones such as estrogen and testosterone feed back to the brain and alter neuronal activity in the presence of alcohol, causing females to have greater stress responses to the drug as compared to males.

Other areas of research interest include the regulation of circadian rhythms and how they are affected by stress and drugs of abuse, and the effects of environmental endocrine disruptors on reproductive and stress hormone secretion.


Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine


12:00 PM
St. Francis Room, Ketchum Library

Biddeford Campus

Free and open to the public