ACHIEVEMENTS

SPRING 2019 NEWS

  • Published: Katherine and Dr. Mahoney published recent work from a collaboration with Dr. Jodi A. Flaws on the effects of ancestral exposure to di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate on anxiety-like behaviors and gene expression in male and female mice in Physiology & BehaviorRead more here.
  • Invited talk: Katherine presented her research on the impacts of two models of circadian disruption on locomotor activity, reproductive outcomes, and clock gene expression in the suprachiasmatic nucleus in male and female Long-Evans rats at the Environmental Protection Agency in Raleigh, NC in April.
  • Presentations: Katherine presented her research on the impacts of dim light at night and phthalate exposure on circadian behaviors and hypothalamic gene expression at the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society.
  • News: Katherine was awarded the Conference Travel Award from the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society to attend their annual conference in San Diego, CA.

FALL 2018 NEWS

  • Published: Katherine and Dr. Mahoney, alongside Mahoney Lab alumna Dr. Sara Royston, published a recent review titled, “Modulation of circadian rhythms through estrogen receptor signaling” in European Journal of NeuroscienceRead more here.
  • Published: Katherine and Dr. Mahoney wrote published a book chapter in the Encyclopedia of Reproduction discussing circadian rhythms in the male reproductive tract. Read more here.
  • Presentations: Katherine presented her research on the impacts of two models of circadian disruption on locomotor activity, reproductive outcomes, and clock gene expression in the suprachiasmatic nucleus in male and female Long-Evans rats at several conferences, including Developmental Neurotoxicology (presentation), Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Sciences (poster), and Society for Neuroscience (poster).
  • News: Katherine was awarded the Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience, as well as ranked an alternate for the Paul D. Doolen Graduate Award for the Studying of Aging from the University of Illinois.

NEWS: Mahoney Lab participates in annual Brain Awareness Day.

On Saturday April 7th, 2018 the Mahoney Lab participated in the annual Brain Awareness Day hosted by theNeuroscience Program. This outreach event is aimed at bringing a broad range of neuroscience- and neurobiology-based topics to the surrounding community. Aimed at younger students, this year the program experienced it’s highest number of young participants, with over 400 children attending the event

The Mahoney Lab excitingly participated, bringing the “Dark Lark vs. Night Owl” poster board to their booth. Children were asked to identify animals they think are  diurnal, nocturnal, or crepuscular and place them appropriately on the poster. Students learned about animal sleeping patterns, and learned how to calculate  their average sleep per night!

Congratulations to Dr. Mahoney, who was the faculty sponsor for this year’s event!

PUBLISHED: Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression-and may not last.

“Sleep problems are one of the most commonly reported complaints among menopausal women. A new study of middle-aged women found that sleep problems vary across the stages of menopause, yet are consistently correlated with hot flashes and depression.”

Link to full article

Katherine HatcherNEWS: Hatcher awarded DNTS Travel Award

Katherine was recently awarded a travel award to attend this year’s Developmental Neurotoxicology Society meeting in Clearwater, Florida in June. She will be presenting her talk titled, “Two types of circadian disruption modify locomotor behavior, reproductive outcomes, and clock gene expression in male and female Long Evans rats.”

NEWS: Mahoney receives research funding from Carle Illinois

“Dr. Megan Mahoney, associate professor of comparative biosciences, will receive $50,000 from a Carle Foundation and University of Illinois initiative for a research project that will focus on the impact of hormonal changes and environmental chemicals on sleep disruptions in menopausal women.”

Link to full article

NEWS: Members of the Mahoney Lab present their research at the 25th annual Center for Integrative Study of Animal Behavior conference.

Dr. Mahoney attended Indiana University’s Center of Integrative Study of Animal Behavior conference with Katherine, Angel, Leo, and Yesha for this year’s 25th annual conference. During the morning session, Katherine presented a 12-minute talk titled, “Impacts of dim light at night and phthalate exposure on circadian locomotor and feeding behaviors in male and female mice.”

In the evening, Angel presented a poster titled, “Impacts of circadian disruption on estrous cyclicity and folliculogenesis in the female rat”. Leo and Yesha presented a dual poster titled, “Effects of two models of circadian disruption on gene expression in the suprachiasmatic nucleus in Long-Evans rats.”

NEWS: Mahoney Lab participates in annual Brain Awareness Day.

On Saturday April 7th, 2018 the Mahoney Lab participated in the annual Brain Awareness Day hosted by theNeuroscience Program. This outreach event is aimed at bringing a broad range of neuroscience- and neurobiology-based topics to the surrounding community. Aimed at younger students, this year the program experienced it’s highest number of young participants, with over 400 children attending the event

The Mahoney Lab excitingly participated, bringing the “Dark Lark vs. Night Owl” poster board to their booth. Children were asked to identify animals they think are  diurnal, nocturnal, or crepuscular and place them appropriately on the poster. Students learned about animal sleeping patterns, and learned how to calculate  their average sleep per night!

Congratulations to Dr. Mahoney, who was the faculty sponsor for this year’s event!

PUBLISHED: Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression-and may not last.

“Sleep problems are one of the most commonly reported complaints among menopausal women. A new study of middle-aged women found that sleep problems vary across the stages of menopause, yet are consistently correlated with hot flashes and depression.”

Link to full article

Katherine HatcherNEWS: Hatcher awarded DNTS Travel Award

Katherine was recently awarded a travel award to attend this year’s Developmental Neurotoxicology Society meeting in Clearwater, Florida in June. She will be presenting her talk titled, “Two types of circadian disruption modify locomotor behavior, reproductive outcomes, and clock gene expression in male and female Long Evans rats.”

NEWS: Mahoney receives research funding from Carle Illinois

“Dr. Megan Mahoney, associate professor of comparative biosciences, will receive $50,000 from a Carle Foundation and University of Illinois initiative for a research project that will focus on the impact of hormonal changes and environmental chemicals on sleep disruptions in menopausal women.”

Link to full article