Neurobiology of Grief International Network (NOGIN)

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Conference Organizers




NOGIN 2020 Talks

Prof. Dr. Oliver Bosch, The Maternal Group, Dept. for Behavioural and Molecular Neurobiology
Zoe Donaldson, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dept. of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
Angie LeRoy, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow, Rice University
Mary-Frances O’Connor, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Department of Psychology


2020 Conference Information 

The neurobiology of grief as an emerging research field has the potential to provide mechanistic and systems-level insight into this nearly universal stressful life event.

Join us to hear from investigators using animal and human neurobiological models to study grief, and learn information with high translational value!


Funded by a grant from the National Institute of Aging (R13 AG066368)!

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*NEW* Location: U of A Student Union, Level 3, Kachina Lounge

Conference Agenda

Day 1 (9am to 4pm): Stress Measurement

Morning session will include scientific presentations by Oliver Bosch (University of Regensburg) and Mary-Frances O’Connor (University of Arizona, highlighting behavioral paradigms that have been used in animal and human models to measure separation distress, depression and attachment behaviors.

Afternoon session will include a panel interview led by an animal researcher (Zoe Donaldson, University of Colorado) of clinical researchers (Don Robinaugh, Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital). Questions will focus on those animal researchers would need to understand about human research, including conceptualizations of complicated grief and depression, measurement of grief-related rumination, and reaction time tasks.

Day 2 (9am to 4pm): Biomarker Selection 

Morning session will include scientific presentations by Zoe Donaldson and Dora Hopf/Beate Ditzen (University of Heidelberg) regarding cutting-edge data on oxytocin, vasopressin, and cortisol in grief and attachment neurobiology.

Afternoon session will include a panel interview by a human researcher of two animal researchers (Adam Smith; University of Kansas), switching the interview focus from Day 1. Questions will likely include information on regulation of behavior and endocrine production, and laboratory methods for assaying endogenous hormones, mRNA and epigenetics.


Lodging will not be arranged by the conference, but we can recommend Tucson Marriott University Park as the closest hotel to the conference site:

With questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this conference, such as ASL interpreting, CART captioning, captioned videos, Braille, wheelchair access, or electronic text, etc., please contact NOGIN2020 [at] gmail [dot] com. University of Arizona endorses Trusting Connections (, a Tucson-based placement agency and sitter service organization providing fully screened and agency-employed nannies and sitters for short-term care. Conference attendees can hire sitters through an easy portal at an all-inclusive hourly rate. Please contact NOGIN2020 [at] gmail [dot] com for additional information.


Join us in sunny Tucson, Arizona from January 24-26, 2020
for our first NOGIN conference!
Questions? Email us at: NOGIN2020 [at] gmail [dot] com