Kumi O. Kuroda
Date: July 16, 2020. 10:00
Location: Online (webinar)
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Title: Neural circuit for fatherhood and motherhood in the medial preoptic area
Affiliation: RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Mammalian neonates are born immature. Thus mothers are equipped with innate motivation to nurture them. Moreover, in species that live in a family group, fathers and older siblings may also provide extensive care to the young. By studying those highly social species, including laboratory mice, common marmosets, and humans, we are trying to elucidate the neural mechanisms of parental care.
Neuronal activity mapping and site-specific functional suppression in mice identified the central part of the medial preoptic area (cMPOA) as the hub of caregiving network for both mothers and fathers. Recent findings about the neural circuit and molecular signaling involved in caregiving motivation will be discussed.
Bio: M.D. (1997); a year of psychiatry internship; Ph.D. (Osaka Univ, 2002). I started to study the neural mechanism of parent-infant relationship as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Michel Meaney at McGill Univ (2002-4), then at RIKEN Brain Science Institute (2004-7). Since 2008, the head of Lab for Affiliative Social Behavior at RIKEN. A mother of four boys travels rarely. Looking forward to seeing you all via webinar!