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Henryk F. Urbanski, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Admin Unit: Oregon National Primate Research Center
Phone: 503-690-5306
Office: OHSU West Campus (Cooley Building)
Mail Code: L.584
Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Research Interests:
Circadian Rhythms, Neuroendocrinology, Aging, Cognition, Reproductive Neuroendocrine Axis. » Click here for more about Dr. Urbanski's research » PubMed Listing
Preceptor Rotations
Academic Term Available Summer 2017 Maybe Fall 2017 Maybe Spring 2017 Maybe Winter 2018 Maybe
Faculty Mentorship
Dr. Urbanski might be available as a mentor for 2016-2017. Dr. Urbanski might be available as a mentor for 2017-2018.

Research Summary

Research in the Urbanski lab is focused on two major hypothalamic neural circuits: 1) those responsible for maintaining rhythmic biological functions, and 2) those responsible for maintaining normal reproductive function. The lab's primary goal is to elucidate the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms, and to determine the impact of changes in the external and internal environments. They use a wide variety of techniques to investigate how sleep-wake cycles and reproductive physiology are influenced by day-length, diet, age and sex-steroids. They also examine the underlying genetic and neuroendocrine mechanisms. Their hope is that a deeper understanding of the plasticity within hypothalamic neuroendocrine circuits should lead to the development of effective therapies for various human physiological disorders, especially those associated with the onset of puberty and menopause, as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Recent Publications

BURTON KJ, LI X, LI B, CHENG MY, URBANSKI HF, ZHOU Q-Y (2016). Expression of prokineticin 2 and its receptor in the macaque monkey brain. Chronobiol Int, 33:191-199. 

EGHLIDI DH, URBANSKI HF (2015). Effect of age and estradiol on gene expression in the rhesus macaque hypothalamus. Neuroendocrinology, 101:236-245.

SORWELL KG, KOHAMA SG, URBANSKI HF (2014).Testosterone increases circulating dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate levels in the male rhesus macaque. Frontiers in Endocrinol, 5:101 doi: 10.3389/fendo.2014.00101.

SORWELL K & URBANSKI HF(2013). Causes and consequences of age-related steroid hormone changes: insights gained from nonhuman primates. J Neuroendocrinol, 25:1062-1069.

HALEY GE et al, (2012). Association of microtubule associated protein-2, synaptophysin, and apolipoprotein E mRNA and protein levels with cognition and anxiety levels in aged female Rhesus macaques. Behav Brain Res, 232:1-6.

HALEY GE et al, (2012).  Measures of anxiety, amygdala volumes, and hippocampal scopolamine phMRI response in elderly female rhesus macaques. Neuropharmacology, 62:385-390.

URBANSKI HF (2012). Differential roles of GnRH-I and GnRH-II neurons in the control of the primate reproductive axis. Frontiers in Genomic Endocrinol, 3:20. doi:10.3389/fenod.2012.

SORWELL K et al, (2012). Perimenopausal regulation of steroidogenesis in the nonhuman primate. Neurobiol Aging, 33:1487.e1-1487.e13.

URBANSKI HF & SORWELL K (2012). Age-related changes in neuroendocrine rhythmic function in the rhesus macaque. Age, 34:1111-1121.

URBANSKI HF (2011). Role of circadian neuroendocrine rhythms in the control of behavior and physiology. Neuroendocrinol, 93:211-222.

URBANSKI HF (2011). Circadian variation in the physiology and behavior of humans and nonhuman primates. In: Animal Models of Behavioral Analysis, Neuromethods 50 (ed, J. Raber), Springer, NY. Chapter 9, pp.217-235.


DSc (2004) University of Edinburgh

PhD (1983) Univerisity of Bristol

MSc (1978) University of Edinburgh

BSc (1977) University of Wales

Non-Academic Interests