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Victoria Luine

Ph.D., S.U.N.Y at Buffalo


Department of Psychology
Hunter College, Room 629N
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 772-4223
Lab:(212) 772-4234


Current Areas of Research:

Neuroendocrinology - the effects of hormones, stress and gonadal, on behavioral and neural function are studied.  Behaviors include learning and memory, anxiety and depression.  Neural properties investigated include morphology using Golgi techniques and monoamines and other neurotransmitters using chemical techniques.  We are also interested in sex differences in response to stress hormones.  Investigations include effects of gonadal hormones, estradiol and testosterone, on cognitive function, and their role in loss of function with aging.  Recent work has examined whether motherhood influences aging and cognitive function, and results show beneficial effects. Sex differences in the response to psychoactive drugs such as cocaine are also studied. 

Read a summary from the Dana Foundation of a talk by Luine which was sponsored by the International Brain Research Organization in Washington, DC.  It's on Women and Stress

Read about research on Women and motherhood at the New York Times

Read about an Award for mentoring women given to Luine by the Society for Neuroscience in October 2009.

Hear a talk and see the slides for a talk given at the New York Academy of Sciences for a meeting on Therapeutics for Cognitive Aging in May 2009.  Click on media.


Selected Publications:


Bowman, R.E., Micik, R., Gautreaux, C, Fernandez, L. and Luine, V.N. Sex dependent changes in anxiety, memory, and monoamines following one week of stress. Physiology & Behavior 97: 21-29 (2009).  PMC in Progress.

Macbeth, A.H. and Luine, V.N. Changes in anxiety and cognition due to reproductive experience: a review of data from rodent and human mothers, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 34: 452-467 (2010). PMC in Progress

Salas-Ramirez, K, Frankfurt, M., Alexander, A., Luine, V., Friedman, E. Prenatal cocaine exposure enhances anxiety, impairs cognitive function and increases dendritic spine density in adult rats: Influence of Sex. Neuroscience (in press). PMC in Progress.

Inagaki, T., Gautreaux, C., Luine, V. Acute estrogen treatment facilitates recognition memory consolidation and activates monoamines. Hormones and Behavior (in press).

Shineman DW, Salthouse TA, Launer LJ, Hof PR, Bartzokis G, Kleiman R, Luine V, Buccafusco JJ, Small GW, Aisen PS, Lowe DA, Fillit HM. Therapeutics for cognitive aging. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2010 Apr;1191 Suppl 1:E1-15.