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First Annual RCN meeting
February 9, 2014
Galveston, TX

XVth European Society for Evolutionary Biology
August 10th-14th 2015
Lausanne, Switzerland
The meeting will include a symposium on "Emerging Models in Evolutionary and Ecological Neurobiology"

Second Annual RCN Meeting
February 6-8, 2015
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Neuroscience
October 16, 2015, Chicago Illinois
Hyatt Regency Chicago (Downtown)

Third Annual RCN Meeting
May 6, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Held in conjunction with the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Symposium

A comparative genomics approach determined that shared neuromolecular mechanisms could underlie behavioral response to territory intrusion across species spanning a broad phylogenetic range. A territory intrusion modulated similar brain functional processes in each species, including those associated with hormone-mediated signal transduction and neurodevelopment. Changes in chromosome organization and energy metabolism appear to be core, conserved responses to territory intrusion. Several homologous transcription factors that are typically associated with neural development were also modulated across all three species, suggesting that shared neuronal effects may involve transcriptional cascades of evolutionarily conserved genes. These results provide support for conserved genetic “toolkits” that are used in independent evolutions of the response to social challenge in diverse taxa.
Clare C. Rittschof, Syed Abbas Bukhari, Laura G. Sloofman, Joseph M. Troy, Derek Caetano-Anollés, Amy Cash-Ahmed, Molly Kent, Xiaochen Lu, Yibayiri O. Sanogo, Patricia A. Weisnera, Huimin Zhang, Alison M. Bell, Jian Ma, Saurabh Sinha, Gene E. Robinson, Li