Victoria A. Lux-Lantos

Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

I am a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, an independent researcher at the CONICET (National Research Council) in Argentina, working in the Neuroendocrinology Laboratory at the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine in Buenos Aires. Presently I’m directing one postdoctoral fellow, two PhD students and co-directing a third one. I have been member of different evaluating committees of the CONICET, and the University of Buenos Aires, and professor of several postgraduate endocrinology courses. My work has dealt with two main areas of interest: a) classically, the neuroendocrine control of hormone release and b) more recently, the regulation of glucose homeostasis and diabetes prevention and/or treatment. Regarding the first area of interest, we studied the participation of GnRH in the regulation of ovarian function, and GnRH disruption by xenoestrogens. Lately, we have demonstrated the participation of GABAB receptors in the control of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis by working with GABAB receptor knock-out mice and the effect of lack of functional GABAB receptors on the kisspeptidergic system. Regarding my second area of interest, we demonstrated the participation of GABAB receptors present in Langerhans islets in glucose homeostasis regulation. In addition, lately we have undertaken studies to evaluate the therapeutic effects of an oligodeoxynucleotide, IMT504, on experimental diabetes.

Biography Updated on 4 October 2012

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