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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.


Representative Publications

Ehlen, J.C., Hummer, D.L., Paul, K.N. and Albers, H.E. GABA involvement in the circadian regulation of sleep. In: Monti, J.M., Pandi-Perumal, S.R. and Mohler, H. (Eds) GABA and Sleep – Molecular, Functional and Clinical Aspects, Birkhauser Verlag, 303-324, 2010.

Albers, H.E. The regulation of social recognition, social communication and aggression: Vasopressin in the social behavior neural network. Horm. Behav., 61(3): 283-292, 2012.

McDonald, M.M., Markham, C.M., Norvelle, A., Albers, H.E., and Huhman, K.L. GABA-A receptor activation in the lateral septum reduces the expression of conditioned defeat and increases aggression in Syrian Hamsters. Brain Res., 1439:27-33, 2012.

Ferris, C.F., Melloni, R.H. and Albers, H.E. Role of vasopressin in flank marking and aggression. In Oxytocin, vasopressin and related peptides in the regulation of behavior, E. Choleris, D. W. Pfaff and M. Kavaliers, (Eds.) Cambridge University Press. 213-231, 2013.

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. Europ. J. Neurosci., In press, 2013.

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., In press, 2014.

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. Psychoneuroendocrinol., In press, 2014

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