Key Features

  • The most comprehensive up-to-date source covering basic principles, neural regulation, hormone/brain function and behavior, and neuroendocrine pathology
  • "How do we know?" callout sections highlight core concepts
  • Heavily illustrated with over 350 figures, 4-color throughout


Researchers and clinicians in the fields of neuroendocrinology and behavior; graduate students in neuroscience and related disciplines (psychiatry, neuropharmacology, medicine & veterinary medicine); medical residents

Table of Contents

List of “How Do We Know?” Boxes


About the Editors

List of Contributors

Notes on Nomenclature

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Neuroendocrine Systems

Chapter 2. Neuroendocrine GPCR Signaling

Chapter 3. Neuroendocrine Feedback Control Systems

Chapter 4. Evolution of Reproductive Neurohormones

Chapter 5. Neural Control of the Anterior Lobe of the Pituitary Gland (Pars Distalis)

Chapter 6. Neural Control of the Posterior Pituitary Gland (Neurohypophysis)

Chapter 7. Neural Control of the Intermediate Lobe of the Pituitary Gland (Pars Intermedia) and Proopiomelanocortin

Chapter 8. The Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal Axis and Neuroendocrine Responses to Stress

Chapter 9. Neuroendocrine Control of Reproduction

Chapter 10. Lifetime Regulation of Growth Hormone (GH) Secretion

Chapter 11. Neuroendocrine Regulation of Development, Growth and Metabolism – Thyroid

Chapter 12. Circadian Rhythms in Neuroendocrine Systems

Chapter 13. Cardiovascular Neuroendocrinology

Chapter 14. Neuroendocrine Regulation of Food Intake

Chapter 15. Neuropeptide Regulation of Stress-Induced Behavior

Chapter 16. Neuroendocrine Regulation of Body Water and Electrolytes

Chapter 17. Sexual Differentiation of Brain and Behavior

Chapter 18. Corticosteroid Actions on Neurotransmission

Chapter 19. Neuroendocrine Mechanism of Puberty

Chapter 20. Sexual Behaviors

Chapter 21. Stress and Brain Function

Chapter 22. Neuroendocrinology of Aggression

Chapter 23. Chronic Social Stress

Chapter 24. Estrogen and Cognitive Aging in Women

Chapter 25. Hormones, Mood and Affect

Chapter 26. Hormones and the Aging Brain

Chapter 27. Kallmann Syndrome and Other Causes of Hypothalamic Hypogonadism and Related Development Disorders


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About the authors

George Fink

George Fink is a Neuroendocrinologist and Neuropharmacologist who has had a major interest in stress since the start of his career. He was recently appointed Vice President and Director of Research of the Pharmos Corporation in Israel and the United States, and is the former Director of the Medical Research Council's Brain Metabolism Unit and honorary professor in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Dr. Fink has published over 340 neuroendocrine papers and several authoritative books, and is past president of the European Neuroendocrine Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Mental Health Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Donald Pfaff

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, Rockefeller University, New York, USA

Jon Levine

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Physiology Northwestern University, Evanston IL, USA