The Human Hypothalamus: Anatomy, Functions and Disorders

Bertalan Dudas, MD, PhD (Editor)
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Erie, PA, USA

Series: Neuroscience Research Progress
BISAC: SCI089000

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The hypothalamus is a particularly complex part of the brain; it represents only a fragment of the brain volume and yet it is considered as one the most important regions involved in maintaining homeostasis and in the resulting survival of the individual. Since most of the experimental data in the scientific literature are based on animal studies, there is an emerging need for a volume that provides a review of the current research and knowledge of the major hypothalamic functions in humans. This book is intended to tackle these functions and the ensuing morphological and pathological aspects in order to give the reader a cross section of the most recent data and major trends in the current hypothalamic research in a convenient, compact format. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

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Chapter 1. Anatomy of the Human Hypothalamus
Bertalan Dudás
(Neuroendocrine Organization Laboratory (NEO), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA, USA)

Chapter 2. Specialized Features of the Arcuate Nucleus of the Hypothalamus
John K. Young and Eva K. Polston
(Department of Anatomy; Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC, USA)

Chapter 3. Morphology and Distribution of Hypothalamic Peptidergic Systems
Bertalan Dudás and István Merchenthaler
(Neuroendocrine Organization Laboratory (NEO), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA, USA; Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA)

Chapter 4. Oxytocin and Vasopressin in the Human Hypothalamus: Function and Relationship to Steroid-Binding Globulins
Jack D. Caldwell and Gustav F. Jirikowski
(Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA; Department of anatomy, University of Jena, Jena, Germany)

Chapter 5. Catecholamines in the Human Hypothalamus
Bertalan Dudás and István Merchenthaler
(Neuroendocrine Organization Laboratory (NEO), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA, USA; Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA)

Chapter 6. Regulation of Gonadal Functions in the Human Hypothalamus: Inputs of the Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH)-System
Bertalan Dudás and István Merchenthaler
(Neuroendocrine Organization Laboratory (NEO), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA, USA; Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA)

Chapter 7. Hypothalamic Regulation of Growth
Bertalan Dudás, Michael Peroski and István Merchenthaler
(Neuroendocrine Organization Laboratory (NEO), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA, USA; Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA)

Chapter 8. Essential Hypertension as a Hypothalamic Disease
(Valeri D. Goncharuk and Dick F. Swaab, The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, an Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Netherlands)

Chapter 9. Hypothalamic Control of Appetite and Energy Metabolism
Alex Reichenbach, Romana Stark and Zane B. Andrews
(Department of Physiology, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia)
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Chapter 10. Hypothalamus and Circadian Rhythms
Adries Kalsbeek and Michel A. Hofman
(Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam; Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Chapter 11. Hypothalamic Regulation of Body Temperature
Shaun F. Morrison and Christopher J. Madden
( Department of Neurological Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA)

Chapter 12. The Hypothalamus and Sleep
Gloria E. Hoffman
( Morgan State University, Department of Biology, Baltimore, MD, USA)

Chapter 13. The Role of the Hypothalamus in Psychiatric Illness
József Haller and Dóra Zelena
(Department of Behavioural Neuroscience, Laboratory of Behavioural and Stress Studies, Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)

Chapter 14. The Aging Hypothalamus
István Merchenthaler
( Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA)

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