The brain, hormones and behavior focus of briefings at international meeting June 19-22

PITTSBURGH Living longer, the perils of puberty and aggression in men -- each is focused on the interaction between hormones and the brain and its influence on behavior. Research on these and related topics will be presented at the 6th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN 2006) in Pittsburgh, June 19 22, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

Held in a different part of the world every four years under the auspices of the International Neuroendocrine Federation, this year's congress Bridging Neuroscience and Endocrinology is being sponsored by the American Neuroendocrine Society and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The first full day of the program, June 20, will be held in conjunction with the 10th Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

To accommodate media, a press room will be located in Rooms 306-307 of the Convention Center and will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 22. During the meeting, the phone number in the press room will be (412) 325-6080. Two press briefings will be held each day. Reporters may participate via telephone conference call by dialing 800-860-2442 (from within the U.S.) or 866-519-5086 (from Canada). From other countries, call 001-412-858-4600. To be connected to the briefing you must reference ICN 2006. The scientific program, abstracts and lay summaries of the abstracts being featured in press briefings are available at http://newsbureau.upmc.com/ICN2006.

The press briefing topics are as follows:


10 a.m.
Winners and Losers: Conflict, Competition and Stress
According to a Portuguese study, a rise in testosterone gives female soccer players the winning edge. In another study, Canadian researchers find hockey players produce more cortisol when defending home ice. But what if your opponent is your spouse?


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