University Researcher Given $1.5 Million to Research Oxytocin

A university researcher has been given $1.5 million to research oxytocin.

The ‘Love Hormone’ has been attracting increasing attention from both the media and science for its role in apparently everything from mother infant bonding to levels of trust between people.  Both government and pharma companies are throwing money at University teams researching the hormone in the hope that it may lead to cures for such things as  breast feeding problems and even autism and schizophrenia.

“Since the properties of oxytocin neurons change during pregnancy and lactation, we want to investigate the mechanisms underlying this adaptation, which maximizes the efficiency of oxytocin’s actions,” Armstrong said.

The grant, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development, will enable Armstrong to continue his research for the next five years.