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Kath Curtis, Ph.D.


Estrogen, Hypothalamus, Hindbrain

Degree: PhD, Neuroscience
Broad Expertise/Interests:
  • Ovarian hormones
  • Energy balance
  • Body fluid balance
  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Animal behavior
    • Eating, drinking
    • Stress/anxiety
  • Neuroanatomical techniques
  • ELISA/Western
  • Chronic blood pressure recording
    • Hormone assays
Seeking Collaborators with Skill Sets:
  • PCR
  • DEXA scanning (rat)
Neuroscience Research Interests: I am interested in how estrogen acts within the CNS to alter energy balance (including eating behaviors and body weight) and body fluid balance (including salt intake, water intake, blood pressure). In addition, I am interested in how physiological and psychogenic stressors interact to alter stress hormone responses and stress-related behaviors. Finally, I am interested in how aging may alter all of the above.
Funding in the Last Three Years:


Publication Highlights:

Aging affects isoproterenol-induced water drinking, astrocyte density, and central neuronal activation in female Brown Norway rats

Estrogen and voluntary exercise interact to attenuate stress-induced corticosterone release but not anxiety-like behaviors in female rats

Neuroanatomical association of hypothalamic HSD2-containing neurons with ERalpha, catecholamines, or oxytocin: implications for feeding?