Nancy Schultz-Darken

Assistant Scientist


Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

Contact Information:

Nancy Schultz-Darken

  • (608) 263-3563

Curriculum Vitae:

Nancy Schultz-Darken's Curricuclum Vitae

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Aligned research focus:

Neuroendocrinology, behavior, parental and mate bonding, neuroscience, reproductive health

Research description:

Initially, my background in animal behavior studying male parental influences on development and extended work in neuroendocrine mechanisms of puberty and social suppression of ovulation lends well to my research focus today. I am drawn particularly to social mechanisms that influence behavior and, reciprocally, those behaviors that influence the mechanisms themselves. Future goals are to apply this background to exploring models for human neurodegenerative disease, reproductive consequences of metabolic syndrome and early social experience influences on the progression of disease. I have 28 years of experience with macaques, 20 years of experience with common marmosets and 10 years with functional MRI. In addition, most of my scientific career was involved in collaborative studies encompassing several experts working together on a common idea. For the last five years, my role as unit head of the Centralized Protocol Implementation (CPI) at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) extends the possibility of collaboration combining multiple disciplines that enable outside investigators access to not only the resources at the WNPRC, but the collaborative support of an investigative scientist who can foster the best links with other WNPRC scientists.

Selected references:

Prudom SL, Broz CA, Schultz-Darken N, Ferris CT, Snowdon C, Ziegler TE. Exposure to infant scent lowered serum testosterone in father common marmosets. Biol Lett. 2008. 4(6):603-5.

Woller MJ, Tannenbaum PL, Schultz-Darken NJ, Eshelman BD, Abbott DH. Pulsatile gonadotropin releasing hormone release from hypothalamic explants of male marmoset monkeys compared with male rats. Amer J Physiol Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology. 2010. 298: R70-80.

Snowdon CT, Tannenbaum PL, Schultz-Darken NJ, Ziegler TE, Ferris CF. Conditioned sexual arousal in a nonhuman primate. Horm Behav. 2010. doi:10.1016/j.yh.beh.2010.10.009