Prof. Aron Weller

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Weller Aron
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                                    Born July 28, 1958, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

                                    Married & three children

 

Positions                  Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University.

                                    Professor, April, 2001-

                                    Associate Professor, April, 1997-March, 2001.

                                    Senior Lecturer (with tenure), Oct. 1992-March 1997.

                                    Lecturer, Oct. 1989-Sept. 1992.

 

                                  Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

                                  College of  Physicians and Surgeons.

                                    Advanced Postdoctoral Fellow, Aug. 1998-July1999

                                   

                                  Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College.

                                    Postdoctoral Fellow, Jan. 1989 - Sept. 1989.

 

Education                  Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

                                    Ph.D. in Psychology, 1989. [Developmental Psychobiology (major)].                                                                              

                                    Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

                                    M.A. in Experimental Psychology, 1987.

                                    B.A. (cum laude) in Psychology (major) and Biology (minor), 1984.

                                    Mizrachi Teachers Seminary, Jerusalem, Israel.

                                    High-School Teacher's Certificate, 1982.                    

 

Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes

Visiting Professor, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, Summer, 2011

The Gayle A. and Richard D. Olson Prize, University of New Orleans, 2001.

Advanced Postdoctoral Training Fellowship,

            Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1998-1999

Yigal Alon Fellowship, 1989-1992.

National Research Scientist Award, NIMH Predoctoral Fellowship, 1988-1989.

Graduate Student Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 1985-1988.

Lady Edith Wolfson Scholarship, 1984-1985.

 

Professional Positions

Member, Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, 7/2011-8/2014

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Obesity, 5/2009-

Member, Communication Committee, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, 1/2009-9/2013

Member, Editorial Board, Developmental Psychobiology, 1/2008-

Member and Treasurer, Executive Committee, Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, 3/2006-3/2009

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel, 2004-

Member, Executive Committee, Israel Society for Neuroscience, 2003-2005  

Chair, Interdisciplinary Programs Committee, Bar-Ilan University, 10/2004-9/2007

Founding co-director, Interdisciplinary (undergraduate and graduate) Program in the Brain Sciences, Bar Ilan University, 1999-2003 [Head of the undergraduate program, 7/2005-9/2007]

Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University

            Member, Ethics committee, 10/2015-

            Coordinator of undergraduate studies, 11/2008-9/2010

            Co-Head, Experimental Psychology Division and Graduate Program, 2004-2006

            Member, Faculty committee, 2002-2005, 2007-

            Member, Ph.D. studies committee, 1999-2007

            Deputy Chairperson and Research Coordinator, 1997-1998

            Head, Experimental Psychology Division and Graduate Program, 1992-1995, 9/2016-

Member of Bar Ilan University Committees:

                Senate, 2001- 

                Steering Committee, 10/2015-

                 Animal Research and care (IACUC), 1996-1998, 4/2011-

                Standing committee of the University's New Graduate School, 10/2010-9/2014

          Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center

                  New Faculty Search Committee, 10/2013-9/2014

                  Executive Board, 2003-2013

           Social Sciences Faculty's PhD Studies Committee, 11/2008-10/2010

           Interdisciplinary Programs Committee, 2001-2003, 10/2004-9/2007

           Interdisciplinary Program in the Brain Sciences, Steering committee, 1999-2003

           Safety, 1995-1998, 1999-2007

           Human Subjects (IRB, Helsinki), 1992-1999

 

Conference Coordination

Co-Chair & co-organizer, (future) Symposium: Epigenetic mechanisms of behavior and physiological regulation. The 12th Gottingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society. Gottingen, Germany, March, 2017.

Co-Chair & co-organizer, Symposium: Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. The 47th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Sebastian, Spain, July, 2015.

Co-Chair & co-organizer, Symposium: Neuroepigenetics: Environmental determinants of brain and behavior. The 22nd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel, December, 2013.

Co-Chair, Workshop: Neurobiology of depression: Gene, environment, imaging, and treatment development. The 11th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Kyoto, Japan, June, 2013.

Member, organizing committee, the 4th Annual Meeting of The Integrative Brain Science Center –Ariel University, Ariel, Israel, May, 2013.

Co-Chair & co-organizer, Symposium: Neurobiological and Clinical Aspects of Development. The 17th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel, March, 2013.

Co-chair & co-initiator, IBRO Sponsored Symposium: "Social learning of one-other's emotional state in mice and people: neural and neurochemical mediation". The 13th Annual meeting of the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS). Rome, Italy. May, 2011.

Member, organizing committee, "Measuring Behavior and Physiology: Bridging the Genotype Phenotype Gap". The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, March 3, 2011.

Member, organizing committee, the 13th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. HaGoshreem, Israel. March, 2009.

Member, organizing committee, the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. March, 2008.

Co-organizer, “Depression: From basic science to treatment”, one-day conference, Israeli Society for Biological Psychiatry, Tel-Hashomer, Israel, December, 2007.

Member, organizing committee, Annual Research Conference of the Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University. November, 2006, January, 2010, March, 2012.

Organizer, “Measuring behavior: Approaches and methods for analysis of behavioral processes”. A 1-day conference. Gonda (Goldschmeid) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, December, 2005. Co-organizer (with Dr. G. Yadid) – 2nd meeting, November, 2006.

Co-organizer of the Developmental session in: From Neuron to mind: the Inaugural conference of the Gonda (Goldschmeid) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, June, 2004.

Co-organizer and Host of Annual National Meetings of the Israeli Psychobiology Laboratories, Bar Ilan University, May, 1997, 2004.

Co-organizer, Interdisciplinary Meetings on Early Development, The Gonda Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, May, 2002, June 2004.

Chair, Organizing Committee, Third Alumni Conference, Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University. 1998

Member of the Organizing Committee for the 24th Conference of the Israel Psychological Association, 1993

 

Grant Support (PI or co-PI) 

Israel Ministry of Science, Technology & Space (co-PI- Dr. Noam Meiri), 1/2017-12/2019.

Israel Science Foundation, 10/2016-9/2021

Israel Science Foundation, support for funding services at the Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine (INCPM), 8/2015-7/2016

The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel (PI-Dr. Gal Shoval; A. Weller- Participating investigator-and research host), 1/2015-12/2017.

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden (support for research collaboration with Prof. Gil Zalsman), 9/2013-10/2014.

Israel Science Foundation, 10/2012-9/2016

The Judie and Marshall Polk Research Fund for Children at Risk and the Clalit Health Services, Israel (support for research collaborations with Prof. Gil Zalsman), 9/2012-10/2013.

NIH/NIDDK (R01DK057609-06A1) – role: sub-contractor (PI: Dr. T.H. Moran), 04/2007 - 01/2012

Israel Science Foundation, 10/2006-9/2011

Institute for the Study of Affective Neuroscience (ISAN), Haifa University (co-investigator: Prof. G.   Richter-Levin), 3/2008-2/2010

US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, 10/2002-9/2006 (co-PI: Dr. T.H. Moran).

Israel Science Foundation, 10/2002-9/2006

Paula Rich Multidisciplinary Center in Mind, Brain and Behavior, Bar-Ilan University, 2002-2006

Israel Foundations Trustees, 10/2002-9/2004.

The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Foundation, Los Angeles, California, 12/2002- 9/2003   (co-PIs: Dr. R. Geva & Dr. R. Feldman)

US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, 10/99-9/2002    (co-PI: Dr. G.P. Smith).

PIRSG grant, New York State Psychiatric Institute, 3/99-2/2000

Israel Science Foundation, 10/98-9/2001

Israel Science Foundation - Scientific Equipment Grant, 10/98-9/99  (co-PI, Dr. G. Yadid)

Kibbutz Maabarot, 1/98-12/98    (co-PI, Dr. R. Feldman).

Israel Science Foundation, 10/95-9/98

US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, 10/92-9/95, (co-PIs: Drs. G.P. Smith, R.C. Ritter & J. Gibbs).

National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel, 10/90-9/91, 10/92-9/93

Yigal Alon Fund, 6/90-8/92

 Israel Ministry of Absorption, 1/90-12/90

 

Academic Experience

Teaching. Bar Ilan University, 1989-

Developmental Psychology, Research Methods & Introduction to Experimental Psychology, Experimental Psychology Laboratory, Hormones and Behavior, Behavioral Biology, Research Planning, Advanced Research Methodology, Olfaction and Pheromonal Communication, Neurochemical Basis of Behavior, Research Seminars in Health Psychology, Developmental Psychobiology, Animal models, Core courses (undergraduate and graduate) and seminar in the Brain Sciences, Undergraduate and graduate seminars: the biological basis of eating disorders and obesity; Depression and anxiety: Biological aspects; Affective Neuroscience.

 

Teaching Assistant. Johns Hopkins University, 1986-1988.

Social Psychology, Animal Behavior, Motivation, The Behavioral Analysis of Drug Dependence.

 

Statistics Advisor & Assistant. Bar-Ilan University, 1984-1985.

 

International invited addresses / meetings

Columbia University Seminar on Appetitive Behavior, New York City, NY, USA. May 27, 1999 [talk summarized in article #49 below], November 2007, February, 2016.

Winter Conference on Current Issues in Developmental Psychobiology: January 2001, Puerto Aventruas, Mexico; January 2002, Aruba; January 2005, Panama; January 2007, Tamarindo, Costa Rica. January 2010, Manzanillo, Mexico. January, 2013, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands. January 2016, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Benjamin Franklin/L­afayette"Symphagium" Seminar, July 1996 & July 2002, La Napoule, France; June 2006, June 2009, June 2011, June, 2015, Frejus, France.

The 5th Brain and Behavior meeting of the Haifa Forum for Brain and Behavior. February 9-11, 2014, Haifa, Israel.

Seminar Lecture, the New York Obesity Research Center, March 2, 2012.

Special Lecture, the Annual Meeting of the Korean Society for Stress Study. February, 2010, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

Special Lecture, Neuroscience Seminar. February, 2010. Wokwang University School of Medicine, Iksan, Korea.

Inaugural Seminar of the Institute for the Study of Affective Neuroscience (ISAN), November 2007, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel.

Inaugural Seminar of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, July 17-18th, 2007, Vienna, Austria.

Symposium: Anatomic, conditioned and genetic effects of the development of the controls of eating and body-weight in rats. The 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, July 2005, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

1st Gordon Conference on Neuronal Cholecystokinin, August 2000, Oxford, UK.  

 

Professional membership

Society for Neuroscience

Israeli Society for Neuroscience

International Society for Developmental Psychobiology

Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry

American Psychological Association - Foreign Affiliate

 

Publications

 

A.Articles

1. Weller, A., Glaubman, H., Yehuda, S., Caspy, T. & Ben-Uria, Y. (1988).  Acute and repeated gestational stress affect offspring learning and activity in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 43, 139-144.

2. Weller, A. & Blass, E.M. (1988). Behavioral evidence for cholecystokinin-opiate interactions in neonatal rats. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 255, R901-R907.

3. Weller, A., Florian, V. & Tenenbaum, R. (1988). The concept of death - `Masculine' and `Feminine' attributes. Omega, 19, 253-264.

4. Weller, A., Smith, G.P. & Gibbs, J. (1990). Endogenous cholecystokinin reduces feeding in young rats. Science, 247, 1589-1591.

5. Weller, A., & Blass, E.M. (1990). Cholecystokinin conditioning in rats: Ontogenetic determinants. Behavioral Neuroscience, 104, 199-206.

6. Blass, E.M., Fillion, T.J., Weller, A. & L. Brunson. (1990). Separation of opioid from nonopioid mediation of affect in neonatal rats: Nonopioid mechanisms mediate maternal contact influences. Behavioral Neuroscience, 104, 625-636.

7. Weller, A. & Rozin, A. (1992). Behavioral effects of gut hormones in neonatal rats: I. Somatostatin administration during the first postnatal week. International Journal of Neuroscience, 64, 113-124.

8. Weller, A., Corp, E.C., Tyrka, A., Ritter, R.C., Brenner, L., Gibbs, J. & Smith, G.P. (1992). Trypsin inhibitor and maternal reunion increase plasma cholecystokinin in neonatal rats. Peptides, 13, 939-941.

9. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (1992). Menstrual synchrony in female couples. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 17, 171-177.

10. Kravetz, S., Weller, A., Tenenbaum, R., Tzuriel, D. & Mintzker, Y. (1992). Plastic surgery on children with Down Syndrome: Parents' perception of physical, personal and social functioning. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 13, 145-156.

11. Weller, A. & Rozin, A. (1993). Behavioral effects of gut hormones in neonatal rats: II. Cholecystokinin administration during the first postnatal week. International Journal of Neuroscience, 69, 157-166.

12. Weller, L. & Weller, A. (1993). Multiple influences of menstrual synchrony: Kibbutz roommates, their best friends, and their mothers. American Journal of Human Biology, 5, 173-179.

13. Mikulincer, M., Florian, V. & Weller, A. (1993). Attachment styles, coping strategies, and post-traumatic psychological distress: the case of the Gulf War in Israel. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 64, 821-826.

14. Mikulincer, M., Weller, A. & Florian, V. (1993). Sense of closeness to parents and family rules: A study of Arab and Jewish youth in Israel. International Journal of Psychology, 28, 323-335.

15. Florian, V., Mikulincer, M. & Weller, A. (1993). Does culture affect perceived dynamics? A comparison of Arab and Jewish adolescents in Israel. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 24, 189-201.

16. Weller, A. & Hener, T. (1993). Invasiveness of medical procedures and state anxiety in women. Behavioral Medicine, 19, 60-65.

17. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (1993). Menstrual synchrony between mothers and daughters and between roommates. Physiology and Behavior, 53, 943-949.

18. Weller, L. & Weller, A. (1993). Human menstrual synchrony: A critical assessment. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 17, 427-439. Erratum published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 18, 455.

 19. Levi, M., Weller, A. & Susswein, A. (1994). Learned changes in the rate of respiratory pumping in Aplysia fasciata in response to increases and decreases in seawater concentration. Behavioral Neuroscience, 108, 1-10.       

20. Weller, A., Blass, E.M., Smith, G.P. & Gibbs, J. (1995). Odor-induced inhibition of intake after pairing of odor and CCK-8 in neonatal rats. Physiology and Behavior, 57, 181-183.

21. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (1995). The impact of social interaction factors on menstrual synchrony in the workplace. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 20, 21-31.

22. Weller, L. & Weller, A. (1995). Menstrual synchrony: agenda for future research. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 20, 377-384.

23. Weller, A., Florian, V. & Mikulincer, M. (1995). Adolescents' reports of parental division of power in a multicultural society. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 5, 413-429.

24. Weller, A. & Mostofsky, D.I. (1995). Ontogenetic development and pentylenetrazol seizure thresholds in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 57, 629-631.

25. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (1995). Examination of menstrual synchrony among women basketball players. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 20, 613-622.

26. Sack, J., Weller, A., Rigler, O. & Rozin, A. (1995). A simple model for studying the correction of in-utero hypothyroidism in the rat. Pediatric Research, 37, 497-501.

27. Weller, L., Weller, A. & Gross, O. (1995). Menstrual synchrony: Only in roommates who are close friends? Physiology and Behavior, 58, 883-889.

28. Goldstein, A., Armoni-Sivan, R., Rozin, A. & Weller, A. (1995). Somatostatin levels during infancy, pregnancy and lactation: A review. Peptides, 16, 1321-1326.

29. Babkoff, H., Weller, A. & Lavidor, M. (1996). A comparison of prospective and retrospective assessments of sleep. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 49, 455-460.

30. Weller, A., Gispan, I.H. & Smith, G.P. (1996). Postingestive inhibitory controls of independent ingestion in 12-day-old rats. Physiology and Behavior, 60, 361-364.

31. Weller, A., Rozin, A., Rigler, O. & Sack, J. (1996). Neurobehavioral development of neonatal rats after in-utero hypothyroxinemia: Efficacy of prenatal thyroxine treatment. Early Human Development, 46, 63-76.

32. Rakover-Atar, S. & Weller, A. (1997). The influence of natural preference for tactile stimuli on appetitive learning in rat pups. Developmental Psychobiology, 30, 29-39.

33. Kahana, A., Rozin, A. & Weller, A. (1997). Social play with an unfamiliar group in weanling rats (Rattus norvegicus). Developmental Psychobiology, 30, 165-176.        

34. Weller, A., Gispan, I.H. & Smith, G.P. (1997). Characteristics of glucose and maltose preloads that inhibit feeding in 12-day-old rats. Physiology and Behavior, 61, 819-822.

35. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (1997). Menstrual synchrony under optimal conditions: Bedouin families. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 111, 143-151.

*This paper was awarded an Honorable Mention by Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, at the APA convention in San Francisco, August, 1998.

*This paper was reprinted in B.M. Jubilan (Ed.) (1998). Annual Editions: Biopsychology. 1998/99 (pp. 117-125). Guilford, CT: Dushkin/McGraw-Hill.

36. Weller, L. & Weller, A. (1997). Menstrual variability and the measurement of menstrual synchrony. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 22, 115-128.

37. Weller, A., Gispan, I.H., Armony-Sivan, R., Ritter, R.C. & Smith, G.P. (1997). Preloads of corn oil inhibit independent ingestion on postnatal day 15 in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 62, 871-874.

38. Hener, T., Weller, A., & Shor, R. (1997). Stages of acculturation as reflected by depression reduction in immigrant nursing students. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 43, 247-256.

39. Weller, A. (1998). News & Views: ‘Human pheromones: Communication through body odour’. Nature, 392, 126-127.

*This paper was selected to be reprinted in Lincoln, T. (ed.), The Nature 1999 News & Views Collection. Macmillan Magazines, London, United Kingdom.

40. Weller, A. & Dubson, L. (1998). A CCKA-receptor antagonist administered to the neonate alters mother-infant interactions in the rat. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 59, 843-851.

41. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (1998). Prolonged and very intensive contact may not be conducive to menstrual synchrony. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 23, 19-32.

42. Banai, E., Weller, A. & Mikulincer, M. (1998). Interjudge agreement in evaluation of adult attachment style: The impact of acquaintanceship. British Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 95-109.

43. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (1998). Assessment of menstrual regularity and irregularity by self reports and objective criteria. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 19, 111-116.

44. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (1998). Assessment of menstrual synchrony: Reply to comment by Arden and Dye. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 112, 325-326.

45. Weller, L., Weller, A., Koresh-Kamin, H. & Ben-Shoshan, R. (1999). Menstrual synchrony in a sample of working women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 24, 449-459.

46. Feldman, R., Weller, A., Leckman, J.F., Kuint, J. & Eidelman, A.I. (1999). The nature of the mother's tie to her infant: Maternal bonding under conditions of proximity, separation, and potential loss. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 40, 929-939.

47. Weller, L., Weller, A. & Roizman, S. (1999). Human menstrual synchrony in the family and among close friends: examining the importance of mutual exposure. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 113, 261-268.

48. Weller, A., Tsitolovskya, L., Gispan, I.H. & Smith, G.P. (2000). Ontogeny of hypertonic preabsorptive inhibitory control of intake in neonatal rats. American Journal of Physiology, 278, R44-R49.

49. Weller, A. (2000). The ontogeny of postingestive intake inhibition in rats. Appetite, 34, 113.

50. Weller, A. & Gispan, I.H. (2000). A cholecystokinin receptor antagonist blocks milk-induced but not maternal-contact-induced decrease in ultrasonic vocalization in rat pups. Developmental Psychobiology, 37, 35-43.

51. Weller, A., Gispan, I.H., Ritter, R.C., Brenner, L. & Smith, G.P. (2001). Release of endogenous cholecystokinin in response to gastric preloads in rats on postnatal days 9-12. Physiology and Behavior, 72, 1-4.

52. Weller, A., Tsitolovskya, L. & Smith, G.P. (2001). Hypertonic glucose preloads act preabsorptively to decrease intake in rats on postnatal day 18. Physiology and Behavior, 72, 199-203.

53. Shayit, M. & Weller, A. (2001). Cholecystokinin receptor antagonists increase the rat pup’s preference towards maternal-odor and rug texture. Developmental Psychobiology, 38, 164-173.

54. Brunelli, S.A., Hofer, M.A. & Weller, A. (2001). Selective breeding for infant vocal response: A role for postnatal maternal effects? Developmental Psychobiology, 38, 221-228.

55. Weller, A., Tsitolovskya, L., Gispan, I.H., & Rabinowitz, S. (2001). Examining the role of cholecystokinin in appetitive learning in the infant rat. Peptides, 22, 1317-1323.

56. Lavidor, M., Weller, A. & Babkoff, H. (2002). Multidimensional fatigue, somatic symptoms and depression. British Journal of Health Psychology, 7, 67-75.

57. Weller, L. & Weller, A. (2002).  Menstrual synchrony and cycle variability: A reply to Schank (2000). Psychoneuroendocrinology, 27, 519-526.

58. Ferber, G.S., Kuint, J., Weller, A., Dolberg, S., Feldman, R., Arbel, E., Kohelet, D. (2002). Massage therapy by mothers and trained professionals enhances weight gain in preterm infants. Early Human Development, 67, 37-45.

59. Feldman, R., Weller, A., Eidelman, A.I. & Sirota, L. (2002). Skin-to-skin contact (Kangaroo care) promotes self-regulation in premature infants: Sleep-wake cyclicity, arousal modulation, and sustained exploration. Developmental Psychology, 38, 194-207.

60. Weller, A. Rozin, A., Goldstein, A., Charpak, N., Ruiz-Pelaez, J.G., De Calume, Z., Charpak, Y. & Sack, J. (2002). Longitudinal assessment of  the pituitary-thyroid axis and adrenal function in preterm infants raised by "kangaroo mother care". Hormone Research, 57, 22-26.

61. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (2002). Menstrual irregularity and menstrual symptoms. Behavioral Medicine, 27, 173-178.

62. Feldman, R., Eidelman, A.I., Sirota, L., & Weller, A. (2002). Effects of skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) on parenting and infant development in premature infants. Pediatrics, 110, 16-26.

63. Weller, A. & Weller, L. (2002). Menstrual synchrony can be assessed, inherent cycle variability   notwithstanding: Commentary on Schank (2001). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 116, 316-318.

64. Ferber, G.S., Laudon, M., Kuint, J., Weller, A. & Zisapel, N. (2002). Massage therapy by mothers enhances the adjustment of circadian rhythms to the nocturnal period in full-term infants. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 23, 410-415.

65. Lavidor, M., Weller, A. & Babkoff, H. (2003). How sleep is related to fatigue. British Journal of Health Psychology, 8, 95-105.

66. Feldman, R., Weller, A., Sirota, L. & Eidelman, A.I. (2003). Testing a family intervention hypothesis: The contribution of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact (Kangaroo care) to family interaction, proximity, and touch. Journal of Family Psychology, 17, 94-107.

67. Weller, A., Leguisamo, A.C., Towns, L., Ramboz, S., Bagiella, E., Hofer, M., Hen, R. & Brunner, D. (2003). Maternal effects in infant and adult phenotypes of 5HT1A and 5HT1B receptor knockout mice. Developmental Psychobiology, 42, 194-205.

68. Shayit, M. Nowak, R., Keller, M. & Weller, A. (2003). Establishment of a preference by the newborn lamb for its mother: The role of opioids. Behavioral Neuroscience, 117, 446-454.

69. Shayit, M., Yadid, G., Overstreet, D.H. & Weller, A. (2003). 5-HT1A receptor subsensitivity in infancy and supersensitivity in adulthood in an animal model of depression. Brain Research, 980, 100-108.

70. Weller, A. & Feldman, R. (2003). Emotion regulation and touch in infants: The role of cholecystokinin and opioids. Peptides, 24, 779-788. [An invited review].

71. Sack, J., Goldstein, A. Charpak, N., Rozin, A., Ruiz-Pelaez, J.G., Figueroa De Calume, Z., Charpak, Y. & Weller, A. (2003). Postpartum maternal hyperthyrotropinemia in an area in which iodine supplementation is required. Thyroid, 13, 959-964.

72. Myers, M.M., Ali, N., Weller, A., Brunelli, S.A., Tu, A.Y., Hofer, M.A. & Shair, H.N. (2004). Brief maternal interaction increases number, amplitude, and bout size of isolation-induced ultrasonic vocalizations in infant rats  (Rattus norvegicus). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 118, 95-102.

73. Lavi-Avnon, Y., Malkesman, O., Hurwitz, I., & Weller, A. (2004). Mother-infant interactions in rats lacking CCKA receptors. Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 282-289.

74. Weller, A. & Tsitolovskya, L. (2004). The ontogeny of the postingestive inhibitory effect of peptone in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 82, 11-16.

75. Eidelman, A. I, Feldman, R, Sirota, L & Weller A. (2004). The positive impact of Kangaroo Care on the development of the preterm infant and parental-infant interaction. MTA Pediatria, 24, 445-454.

76. Ferber, S.G., Feldman, R., Kohelet, D., Kuint, J., Dollberg, S., Arbel, E., & Weller, A. (2005). Massage therapy facilitates mother-infant interaction in premature infants. Infant Behavior and Development, 28, 74-81.

77. Lavi-Avnon, Y., Yadid, G, Overstreet, D, & Weller, A. (2005). Abnormal patterns of maternal behavior in a genetic animal model of depression. Physiology and Behavior, 84, 607-615.

78. Lavi-Avnon, Y., Shayit M., Yadid, G., Overstreet H., D., & Weller A. (2005). Immobility in the swim test and observations of maternal behavior in lactating Flinders Sensitive Line rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 161, 155-163.

79. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Golan, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Schroeder, M., Overstreet, D.H., Yadid, G. & Weller, A. (2005). Reward and anxiety in genetic animal models of childhood depression. Behavioural Brain Research, 164, 1-10.

80. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y,  Maayan, R., Weizman, A., Overstreet, D.H., Shabat-Simon, M.,  Kesner, Y., Touati-Werner, D., Yadid, G. & Weller, A.  (2006). Two different putative genetic animal models of childhood depression. Biological Psychiatry, 59, 17-23.

81. Blumberg, S., Haba, D., Schroeder, M., Smith, G.P., & Weller, A. (2006). Independent ingestion and microstructure of feeding patterns in infant rats lacking CCK-1 receptors. American Journal of Physiology, 290, R208-R218.

82. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O., Bercovich, A.,  Dagan, M., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Schroeder, M., Overstreet, D.H., & Weller, A. (2006). Anxiety-like behaviors in pre-pubertal rats of the Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) and Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) animal models of depression.  Behavioural Brain Research, 167, 261-269.

83. Ferber, S.G., Makhoul, I.R., & Weller, A. (2006). Does sympathetic activity contribute to growth of preterm infants? Early Human Development, 82, 205-210.

84. Hurwitz, I, Malkesman, O., Stern, Y., Schroeder, M., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Shayit, M., Shavit, Y., Wolf, G., Yirmiya, R. & Weller, A. (2006). Stress and pain responses in rats lacking CCK1 receptors. Peptides, 27/6, 1483-1489.

85. Weller, A. (2006). The ontogeny of postingestive inhibitory stimuli: Examining the role of CCK. Developmental Psychobiology, 48, 368-79.

86. Schroeder, M., Zagoory–Sharon, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2006). Weight gain and maternal behavior in CCK1 deficient rats. Physiology and Behavior, 89, 402–409.

87. Blumberg, S., Schroeder, M., Haba, D., Malkesman, O., Torregrossa, A.-M., Weller, A., & Smith, G.P. (2006). Effects of CCK-8 on independent ingestion and central c-Fos-like immunoreactivity in rats on postnatal days 10 and 11. Peptides, 27, 2820-2828.

88. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O., Merlender, A., Bercovich, A., Dagan, M., Maayan, R., Weizman, A. & Weller, A. (2006). Stress hormones and emotion-regulation in two genetic animal models of depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 31, 1105-1116.

89. Malkesman, O., Maayan, R., Weizman, A. & Weller, A.  (2006). Aggressive behavior and HPA axis hormones after social isolation in adult rats of two different genetic animal models for depression. Behavioural Brain Research, 175, 408-414.

90. Levine, A., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Feldman, R., Lewis, J.G., & Weller, A. (2007). Measuring cortisol in human psychobiological studies. Physiology and Behavior, 90, 43-53.

91. Blumberg, S., Schroeder, M., Malkesman, O., Torregrossa, A-M, Smith, G.P., Weller, A. (2007).  Gastric preloads of corn oil and mineral oil produce different patterns of increases of c-Fos-like immunoreacitve cells in the brain of 9-12 days-old rats. Brain Research, 1134, 140-147.

92. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y. & Weller, A. (2007). Assessment of antidepressant and anxiolytic properties of NK1 antagonists and Substance P in Wistar Kyoto rats. Physiology and Behavior, 90, 619-625.

93. Schroeder, M., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Dagan, M., Zagoory –Sharon, O., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2007). Diurnal and nocturnal nursing behavior in the OLETF rat. Developmental Psychobiology, 49, 323-333.

94. Levine, A., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Feldman, R. & Weller, A. (2007). Oxytocin during pregnancy and early postpartum: individual patterns and maternal-fetal attachment. Peptides, 28, 1162-1169.

95. Schroeder, M., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Zagoory –Sharon, O., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2007). Pre-obesity in the infant OLETF rat: the role of suckling. Developmental Psychobiology, 49, 685-691.

96. Feldman, R., Weller, A., Zagoory-Sharon, O. & Levine, A. (2007). Evidence for a neuroendocrinological foundation of human affiliation; Plasma oxytocin levels across pregnancy and the postpartum predict maternal-infant bonding. Psychological Science, 18, 965-970.

97. Malkesman, O., Shayit, M., Genud, R., Zangen, A., Kinor, N., Maayan, R., Weizman, A., Weller, A., & Yadid, G. (2007). Dehydroepiandrosterone in the nucleus accumbens is associated with early onset of depressive-behavior: A study in an animal model of childhood depression. Neuroscience, 149, 573-581.

98. Lavi-Avnon, Y., Weller, A., Finberg, J., Gispan-Herman, I., Kinor, N., Stern, Y., Schroeder, M., Gelber, V., Bergman, S.Y., Overstreet, D., Yadid, G. (2008). The reward system and maternal behavior in an animal model of depression: a microdialysis study. Psychopharmacology, 196, 281-291.

99. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y, Ram, E., Maayan, R., Weizman, A., Kinor, N., Yadid, G. & Weller, A. (2008). Dehydroepiandrosterone and monoamines in the limbic system of a genetic animal model of childhood depression. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 18, 255-261.

100. Gordon, I., Schneiderman, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F., Weller, A., & Feldman, R. (2008). Oxytocin and cortisol in romantically unattached young adults; associations with bonding and psychological distress. Psychophysiology 45, 349-352.

101. Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schroeder, M., Levine, A., Moran, T.H. & Weller, A. (2008). Adaptation to lactation in OLETF rats lacking CCK-1 receptors: Body weight, fat tissues, leptin and oxytocin. International Journal of Obesity, 32, 1211-1221.

102. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O., Merenlender, A., Bercovich, A., Dagan, M., Overstreet, D. H. & Weller, A. (2008). Withdrawal emotional-regulation in infant rats from genetic animal models of depression. Behavioural Brain Research, 193, 94-100.

103. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O., Merenlender, A., Dagan, M., Bercovich, A., Lavi-Avnon, Y. & Weller, A. (2009). Divergent maternal behavioral patterns in two genetic animal models of depression. Physiology and Behavior, 96, 209-217.

104. Schroeder M., Shbiro L., Zagoory-Sharon O., Moran T.H. & Weller A. (2009). Toward an animal model of childhood-onset obesity: Follow-up of OLETF rats during pregnancy and lactation. American Journal of Physiology, 296, R224-R232.

105. Schroeder, M., Schechter, M., Fride, E., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2009). Examining maternal influence on OLETF rats’ early overweight: Insights from a cross-fostering study. Developmental Psychobiology, 51, 358-366.

106. Malkesman, O. & Weller, A. (2009). Two different putative genetic animal models of childhood depression – A review. Progress in Neurobiology, 88, 153–169.

107. Fride, E., Gobshtis, N., Dahan, H., Weller, A., Giuffrida, A. & Ben-Shabat, S. (2009). The endocannabinoid system during development; Emphasis on perinatal events and delayed effects. Vitamins and Hormones, 81, 139-158.

108. Malkesman, O., Asaf, T., Shbiro, L., Goldstein, A., Maayan, R., Weizman, A., Kinor, N., Okun, E., Sredni, B., Yadid, G.  Weller, A. (2009). Monoamines, BDNF, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and childhood depression – an animal model study. Advances in Pharmacological Sciences, vol. 2009, Article ID 405107. doi:10.1155/2009/405107.

109. Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Shbiro, L., Marco, A., Hyun, J., Moran, T.H., Bi, S. & Weller, A. (2009). Development of obesity in the OLETF rat. American Journal of Physiology, 297, R1749-R1760. 

110. Marco, A., Schroeder, M., & Weller, A. (2009). Microstructural pattern of palatable food intake from weaning to adulthood in male and female OLETF rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 123, 1251–1260.

111. Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Moran, T.H. & Weller, A. (2010). Attenuation of obesity by early life food-restriction in genetically hyperphagic male OLETF rats: Peripheral mechanisms. Hormones and Behavior, 57, 455-462.

112. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Gelber, V. & Weller, A. (2010). Post weaning voluntary exercise exerts long term moderation of adiposity in males but not in females in an animal model of early onset obesity. Hormones and Behavior, 57, 496-505.

113. Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2010). Anxiety-like behavior and locomotion in CCK1 knockout rats as a function of strain, sex and early maternal environment. Behavioural Brain Research, 211, 198–207.

114. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Moran, T.H. & Weller, A. (2010). Maternal environmental contribution to adult sensitivity and resistance to obesity in Long Evans rats. PLoS ONE, 5(11), e13825.

115. Schroeder, M., Gelber, V., Moran, T.H. & Weller, A. (2010). Long term obesity levels in female OLETF rats following time-specific post-weaning food restriction. Hormones and Behavior, 58, 844-853.

116. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L. & Weller, A. (2011). Enriched environment moderates obesity in genetically hyperphagic OLETF rats in a sex dependent manner. ILAR Journal, 52, e39-e45.

117. Schechter, M., Pinhasov, A., Weller, A. & Fride, E. (2012). Blocking the postpartum mouse dam's CB1 receptors impairs maternal behavior as well as offspring development and their adult social-emotional behavior. Behavioural Brain Research, 226, 481-492.

118. Schroeder, M., Sultany, T. & Weller, A. (2013). Prenatal stress effects on emotion regulation differ by genotype and sex in prepubertal rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 55, 176–192. Article first published online: 17 Jan 2012 doi:10.1002/dev.21010.

119. Marco, A., Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2012). Feeding and reward: Ontogenetic changes in an animal model of obesity. Neuropharmacology, 62, 2447-2454.

120. Rosenfeld, A., & Weller, A. (2012). Behavioral effects of environmental enrichment during gestation in WKY and Wistar rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 233, 245-255.

121. Burstein Erez , H., Weller, A., Vaisman, N. & Kreitler, S. (2012). The relationship of depression, anxiety and stress with low bone mineral density in post-menopausal women. Archives of Osteoporosis, 7, 247-255.

122. Schroeder, M., Kronfeld-Schor, N. & Weller, A. (2013). Selective leptin insensitivity and alterations in female-reproductive patterns linked to hyperleptinemia during infancy. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e59937.

123. Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Weller, A. & Meiri, N. (2013).  High fat diet induces hypermethylation of the hypothalamic Pomc promoter and obesity in post-weaning rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 2844-2853.

124. Schechter, M., Weller, A., Pittel, Z., Gross, M., Zimmer, A. & Pinhasov, A. (2013). Endocannabinoid receptor (CB1R) deficiency affects maternal care and alters the dam's hippocampal oxytocin receptor and BDNF expression. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 25, 1-12.

125. Felicio, L.F., de Mello Cruz, A., Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2013). Cholecystokinin modulation of maternal behavior.  Psychology & Neuroscience, 6, 279 - 286.

126. Nahaliel, S., Sommerfeld, E., Orbach, O., Weller, A., Apter, A. & Zalsman, G. (2014). Mental pain as a mediator of suicidal tendency: A path analysis. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, 944-951.

127. Bekker, L., Barnea, R., Brauner, A., & Weller, A. (2014). Adolescent rats are more prone to binge eating behavior: A study of age and obesity as risk factors. Behavioural Brain Research, 270, 108-111.

128. Marco, A. Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2014). Overweight and CpG methylation of the Pomc promoter in offspring to high fat diet fed dams are not 'reprogrammed' by regular chow diet in rats. The FASEB Journal,  28, 4148-4157.

129. Barnea, R., Bekker, L., Zifman, N., Marco, A., Yadid, G. & Weller, A. (2015). Trait and state binge eating predispose towards cocaine craving. Addiction Biology, doi: 10.1111/adb.12315.

130. Zalsman, G, Gutman, A, Shbiro, L., Rosenan, R., Mann, J.J., & Weller, A. (2015). Genetic vulnerability, timing of short-term stress and mood regulation: A rodent diffusion tensor imaging study.  European Neuropsychopharmacology, 25, 2075-2085.

131. Taler, M., Vered, I., Globus, R., Shbiro, L., Weizman, A., Weller, A. & Gil-Ad, I. (2016). Attenuated weight gain with the novel analog of olanzapine linked to sarcosinyl moiety (PGW5) compared to olanzapine. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, 58, 66-73.

132. Shoval, G., Shbiro, L., Hershkovitz, L., Hazut, N., Zalsman, G., Mechoulam, R. & Weller, A. (2016). Pro-hedonic effect of cannabidiol in a rat model for depression. Neuropsychobiology, 73,123-129.

133. Arnon, L., Hazut, N., Tabachnick, T., Weller, A. & Koren, L. (2016). Maternal testosterone and reproductive outcome in a rat model for obesity. Theriogenology, 86, 1042-1047.

134. Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Weller, A. & Meiri, M. (2016). DNA CpG methylation (5mC) and its modification (5hmC) alter histone post-translational modifications at the Pomc promoter, affecting the impact of perinatal diet on leanness and obesity of the offspring. Diabetes, 65, 2258-2267.

135. Zalsman, G, Weller, A., Shbiro, L., Barzilay, R., Gutman, A., Weizman, A., Mann, J.J., Wasserman, J. & Wasserman, D. (2016). Fiber tract analysis using Diffusion Tensor Imaging reveals aberrant connectivity in a rat model for depression. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, July 7: 1-9, DOI: 10.1080/15622975.2016.1190866

136. Tabachnik, T., Kisliouk, T., Marco, A., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2017). Thyroid hormone-dependent epigenetic regulation of melanocortin 4 receptor levels in female offspring of obese rats. Endocrinology, in press.

 

B.Chapters

1. Blass, E.M., Shide, D.J. & Weller, A. (1989). Stress-reducing effects of ingesting milk, sugars and fats: A developmental perspective. In L.H. Schneider, S.J. Cooper & K.A. Halmi (Eds.), The Psychology of Human Eating Disorders: Preclinical and Clinical Perspectives,  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 575, 292-306.

2. Weller, A. (2001). The ontogeny of motivation: Hedonic preferences and their biological basis in developing rats. In: Blass, E.M., ed. Handbook of Behavioral Neurobiology, Vol. 13 (pp. 483-516). New York: Plenum Press.

3. Marco, A., Weller, A. & Meiri, N. (2015). Epigenetic programming of hypothalamic Pomc regulates feeding and obesity. In D. Spengler & E. Binder (Eds.), Epigenetics and Neuroendocrinology – Clinical Focus on Psychiatry. New York: Springer, in press.

 

C. Virtual Symposium

1. Beinfeld, M.C., Bittencourt, J.C., Bridges, R.S., Faris, P.L., Lucion, A.B., Nasello, A.G., Weller, A. & Felicio, L.F. (2001). The brain decade in debate: VIII. Peptide hormones and behavior: Cholecystokinin and prolactin. Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 34, 1369-1377. [A transcription of an electronic symposium]

 

D. Conference Presentations (Abstracts)

1. Weller, A., & Blass, E.M. (1986). Cholecystokinin reduces isolation-induced ultrasonic vocalizations in infant rats. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (Abst.), 19, 69.

2. Weller, A., & Blass, E.M. (1987). Cholecystokinin produces single-trial conditioned odor-preferences in neonatal rats. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (Abst.), 20.

3. Weller, A., & Blass, E.M. (1987). Dissociation of two aspects of separation distress by cholecystokinin octapeptide. Society for Neuroscience (Abst.), 13,  .

4. Weller, A., & Blass, E.M. (1987). Neonatal rat behavior during acute isolation: interactions of cholecystokinin and opiates. Eastern Psychological Association (Abst.), 58, 9.

5. Weller, A., & Blass, E.M. (1988). Cholecystokinin-induced conditioned odor-preference is blocked by the selective antagonist L-364,718. Society for Neuroscience (Abst.), 14, 199.

6. Weller, A., & Blass, E.M. (1988). Ontogeny of cholecystokinin-produced conditioned olfactory preference. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (Abst.), 21, 61.

7. Blass, E.M., Shide, D.J., & Weller, A. (1989). Suckling: opioid and non-opioid processes in mother-infant bonding (Abst.). Appetite, 12, 75.

8. Blass, E.M., & Weller, A. (1988). Classical conditioning of olfactory preference with cholecys­tokinin in infant rats. Paper presented at the Benjamin Franklin/L­afayette Seminar, La Napoule, France.

9. Weller, A., Smith, G.P., & Gibbs, J. (1989). Soybean trypsin-inhibitor decreases ingestion of milk in neonatal rats. Society for Neuroscience (Abst.), 15, 1130.

10. Miesner, J.A., Yen, E.I., Gibbs, J., Weller, A., & Smith, G.P., (1989). Intravenous administration of cholecystokinin antagonist increases food intake in the rat. Society for Neuroscience (Abst.), 15, 1280.

11. Yen, E.I., Miesner, J.A., Gibbs, J., Weller, A., & Smith, G.P., (1989). Intravenous bombesin reduces food intake in the rat. Society for Neuroscience (Abst.), 15, 1280.

12. Weller, A., & Blass, E.M. (1989). 'Conditioned olfactory calming': Further evidence for positive effects of cholecystokinin peptide in infant rats. Eastern Psychological Association (Abst.), 60, 25.

13. Weller, A., Blass, E.M., Smith, G.P., & Gibbs, J. (1990). Conditioned suppression of feeding in response to an odor paired with cholecystokinin in neonatal rats. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (Abst.), 23.

14. Weller, A., Blass, E.M., Smith, G.P., & Gibbs, J. (1991). Characteristics of and mechanisms underlying cholecystokinin (CCK) classical conditioning in neonatal rats. Society for Neuroscience (Abst.), 17, 489.

15. Weller, A. & Furman, S. (1992). Maternal behavior of rat foster mothers. Paper presented at the XXV International Congress of Psychology, Brussels, Belgium. International Journal of Psychology, 2 (3-4), 438.

16. Weller, A. & Shalom, O. (1992). Nursing does not affect pain response rate in lactating rats. Paper presented at the XXV International Congress of Psychology, Brussels, Belgium. International Journal of Psychology, 2 (3-4), 418.

17. Weller, A. & Rozin, A. (1992). Behavioral effects of somatostatin in neonatal rats. Paper presented at the XXV International Congress of Psychology, Brussels, Belgium. International Journal of Psychology, 2 (3-4), 418.

18. Weller, A., Florian, V. & Mikulincer, M. (1992). Perceived division of parental power: Comparison of Israeli Arab and Jewish adolescents. Paper presented at the XXV International Congress of Psychology, Brussels, Belgium. International Journal of Psychology, 2 (3-4), 548.

19. Florian, V., Mikulincer, M. & Weller, A. (1992). Cultural influences on perceived family dynamics: Comparing Israeli Arab and Jewish adolescents. Paper presented at the XXV International Congress of Psychology, Brussels, Belgium. International Journal of Psychology, 2 (3-4), 563.

20. Weller, A., Corp, E.C., Tyrka, A., Ritter, R.C., Brenner, L., Gibbs, J. & Smith, G.P. (1992). Endogenous cholecystokinin release in  neonatal rats in response to trypsin-inhibitor and maternal reunion. Paper presented at the First Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

21. Rozin, A. & Weller, A. (1992). Cholecystokinin (CCK) administration to rat pups during the first postnatal week  affects their neurobehavioral development and their mother's maternal behavior. Paper presented at the First Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

22. Weller, A. (1993). Gut hormones and development: The effect of the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) on maternal behavior in rats. Paper presented at the 24th Scientific Meeting of the Israel Psychological Association, Ramat Gan, Israel (Hebrew).

23. Weller, A. & Rozin, A. (1993). Developmental effects of fostering rat pups to litters older or younger than them. Paper presented at the 24th Scientific Meeting of the Israel Psychological Association, Ramat Gan, Israel (Hebrew).

24. Rigler, O., Rozin, A. & Weller, A. & Sack, J. (1993). Intraperitoneal administration of T4 ameliorates methimazole-induced in-utero hypothyroidism in the rat. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Israel Endocrine Society, Jerusalem, Israel.

25. Weller, A., Rozin, A. & Ovadia, A. (1993). Maternal care of individual rat pups is affected by peripheral administration of somatostatin (SMS) to the pups during the first postnatal week. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

26. Rigler, O., Sack, J., Rozin, A. & Weller, A. (1993). Is it possible to prevent the damage of in-utero hypothyroidism in rats by maternal-fetal thyroxine transfer? Annual meeting of the Israeli Paediatric Society (Hebrew Abst.). 

27. Sack, J., Weller, A., Rigler, O. & Rozin, A. (1994). Can methimazole-induced in-utero hypothyroidism in rats be amended by T4 administration to the mother during pregnancy? Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

28. Sack, J., Weller, A., Rigler, O. & Rozin, A. (1994). T4 administered orally to the pregnant rat corrects methimazole-induced hypothyroxinemia in the mother and in the newborn. Paper presented at the 76th Annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, Anaheim, California, USA.

29. Mikulincer, M., Banai, E. & Weller, A. (1994). Inter-judge agreement in ratings of adult attachment style: The impact of acquaintanceship. The 7th International Conference on Personal Relationships, Kroningen, The Netherlands.

30. Babkoff, H., Weller, A. & Lavidor, M. (1994). Differences in subjective sleep reports and gastrointestinal complaints among men, pregnant and nonpregnant women. Paper presented at the meeting of the IAAP, Madrid, Spain.

31. Rozin, A., Hatzir, L. & Weller, A. (1994). Altering levels of somatostatin in rat pups during the first postnatal week affects infant-mother attachment. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

32. Gispan, I.H., Weller, A. & Smith, G.P. (1994). Intake during the first independent meal of the 12-day-old rat is reduced by gastric preloads of glucose, maltose, trypsin-inhibitor and NaCl. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

33. Weller, A., Rozin, A., Charpak, N., Ruiz, J.G., Charpak, Y. & Sack, J. (1994). "Kangaroo" Mother care for premature infants affects maturation of the pituitary-adrenal axis at term. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

34. Rozin, A., Weller, A.,  Charpak, N., Ruiz, J.G., Charpak, Y. & Sack, J. (1994). Premature infants raised in the "kangaroo" method or in incubators displayed similar maturation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis at term. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

35. Sack, J., Rozin, A., Rigler, O. & Weller, A. (1995). Maternal T4 administration to the gravid rat corrects in-utero methimazole-induced hypothyroxinemia and improves neurobehavioral developmental outcome of the offspring. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Israel Endocrine Society, Jerusalem, Israel.

36. Sack, J., Rozin, A., Rigler, O. & Weller, A. (1995). Maternal-fetal transfer of thyroxine in methimazole-treated rats corrected the newborn's hypothyroxinemia and partially improved their neurobehavioral development. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research, San Diego, CA, U.S.A. Pediatric Research, 37(4), 97A.

37. Rozin, A., Weller, A.,  Charpak, N., Ruiz, J.G., De Calume, Z., Charpak, Y. & Sack, J. (1995). Maturation of the pituitary-thyroid axis and the adrenal in low birth weight infants (LBWI) raised by the "kangaroo" method. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research, San Diego, CA, U.S.A. Pediatric Research, 37(4), 235A.

38. Sack, J., Rozin, A., Rigler, O. & Weller, A. (1995). Correcting in-utero methimazole-induced hypothyroxinemia by administering T4 to the pregnant rat improves neurobehavioral developmental outcome of the offspring. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, Edinburgh, U.K. Hormone Research, 44(Suppl.1), ___.

39. Rozin, A., Weller, A.,  Charpak, N., Ruiz, J.G., Charpak, Y., De Calume, Z. & Sack, J. (1995). Levels of T4, TSH & 17-alpha-OH-progesterone (17-OHP) in preterm infants raised by the "kangaroo" mother method: preliminary report of a randomized clinical trial. 34th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, Edinburgh, U.K. Hormone Research, 44(Suppl.1), 88.

40. Gispan, I.H., Weller, A., Armony-Sivan, R. & Smith, G.P. (1995). Postingestive control of feeding by corn oil preload in preweanling rats. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Israel Journal of Medical Sciences, 31(12), 769.

41. Weller, A., Rozin, A., Charpak, N., Ruiz, J.G., Charpak, Y., De Calume, Z., Goldstein, A. & Sack, J. (1995). Maturation of the fetal adrenal in premature and low birth weight (LBW) infants. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Israel Journal of Medical Sciences, 31(12), 768.

42. Weller, A., Gispan, I.H. & Smith, G.P. (1996). Non-volumetric postingestive inhibitory control of intake by maltose and glucose preloads in 12-day-old rats. Paper presented at Benjamin Franklin/L­afayette Seminar, La Napoule, France.

43. Weller, A., Gispan, I.H. & Smith, G.P. (1996). Ontogeny of postingestive intake control: Emergence of CCK mediation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

44. Lavidor, M., Libman, E., Babkoff, H., Creti, L., Weller, A., Amsel, R., Brender, W., Fichten, C.S. (1996). Psychologically laden sleep parameters in aging. Paper presented at the 30th annual convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New York, NY, U.S.A..

45. Sack, J., Weller, A., Rozin, A., Goldstein, A., Charpak, N., Ruiz-Pelaez, J.G., De Calume, Z. & Charpak. (1997). "Kangaroo Mother" care for premature infants: Effects on hormonal development patterns. Paper presented at the joint meeting of the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research and the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, Stockholm, Sweden.

46. Weller, A., Tsitolovskya, L., Gispan, I.H. & Smith, G.P. (1997). Ontogeny of postingestive preabsorptive inhibitory control of intake by mannitol preloads in rats. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A..

47.  Weller, A. & Gispan, I.H. (1997). The role of the peptide cholecystokinin (CCK) in calming the ultrasonic "crying" of the rat pup. Paper presented at the 26th Scientific Meeting of the Israel Psychological Association, Tel Aviv, Israel (Hebrew).

48.  Lavidor, M., Babkoff, H. & Weller, A. (1997). Age-dependent changes in measures of sleep, tiredness and mood. Paper presented at the 26th Scientific Meeting of the Israel Psychological Association, Tel Aviv, Israel (Hebrew).

49. Botzer, D., Weller, A. & Susswein, A.J. (1997). Short-, intermediate- and long-term memory of learning that a food is inedible in Aplysia. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA., U.S.A..

50. Shayit, M. & Weller, A. (1997). Blocking CCK-A receptors in neonatal rat pups increases their natural preferences towards stimuli representing the nest. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neuroscience Letters, Suppl. 48, S46.

51. Weller, A. & Gispan, I.H. (1998). A cholecystokinin (CCK) receptor antagonist blocks milk-induced but not maternal-contact-induced reduction in ultrasonic vocalization (USV) in rat pups. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. Orleans, France.

52. Shayit, M. & Weller, A. (1998). Relative preference of neonatal rats towards stimuli representing the nest is increased by a CCK-A receptor antagonist. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. Orleans, France.

53. Lavidor, M., Libman, E., Babkoff, H., Weller, A., Fichten, C.S. (1998). Good and poor sleepers in an aged population. Paper presented at the 12th annual meeting of the APSS (Sleep Research Society & American Sleep Disorders Association). New Orleans, LA, U.S.A..

54. Weller, A., Tsitolovskya, L. & Smith, G.P. (1999). Postingestive inhibitory control of intake by glucose in preweanling rats. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Clearwater, FL, U.S.A.

55. Brunner, D., Weller, A., Leguisamo A., Hen, R. & Towns, L. (1999). “Maternal environment” affects the offspring’s responses to acute isolation, in 5-HT-1a and 1B –receptor knockout mice. Society for Neuroscience (Abst.),   ,    .

56. Myers, M.M., Weller, A., Brunelli, S.A. & Hofer, M.A. (1999). Selective breeding for high or low rates of  ultrasonic vocalization (USV) in infant rats alters the bout structure of USV. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.A.

57. Weller, A., Tsitolovskya, L. & Smith, G.P. (1999). Inhibition of intake by glucose preloads in preweanling rats: A pre- or post-absorptive effect? Paper presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neuroscience Letters, Suppl. 54, S44.

58. Weller, A., Aleli, M., & Smith, G.P. (2000). The effect of vagotomy on postingestive preabsorptive inhibitory control of intake by isotonic and hypertonic mannitol preloads in rats. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Dublin, Ireland.

59. Weller, A. (2000). The role of cholecystokinin (CCK) in conditioned preferences of infant rats. Paper presented at the 1st Gordon Conference on Neuronal Cholecystokinin, Oxford, UK.  

60. Rojowsky, H., Weller, A., Hofer, M.A. & Brunelli, S.A. (2000). Maternal behavior in rats selectively bred for infant ultrasonic vocalization (USV). Paper presented at the 33nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.

61. Myers, M.M., Ali, N., Brunelli, S.A., Weller, A., Tu, A.Y. & Hofer, M.A. (2000). Differences in number, amplitude, duration, shape and bout structure of separation-induced infant rat ultrasonic vocalizations (USV) before and after a brief maternal reunion (potentiation). Paper presented at the 33nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans, LA, U.S.A.

62. Sack, J., Weller, A., Ruiz, J.G., Charpak, Y., De Calume, Z., Goldstein, A. Charpak, N. (2001). Salt restriction during pregnancy in an area with insufficient iodine may increase the risk for transitory maternal hypothyroidism. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Israel Endocrine Society, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

63. Weller, A. (2001). Separation-induced ultrasonic-vocalization (USV) of the infant rat: An animal model of early separation anxiety? Paper presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 38 (1, Supplement), 1.

64. Shayit, M., Weller, A. & Yadid, G. (2001). Abnormal physiology and behavior in an animal model of depression as early as on postnatal day 1. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 38 (1, Supplement), 31.

65. Feldman, R., Weller, A., Eidelman, A.I. & Sirota, L. (2001). Maternal Contact (Kangaroo Care) Improves State Organizations, Joint Engagement, and Cognitive Skills in Premature Infants. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

66. Feldman, R., Weller, A., Eidelman, A. & Sirota, L. (2001). The effects of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact on the cognition and socio-emotional development of the premature infant. Paper presented at The Promised Childhood Jerusalem 2000 Congress (postponed), Tel-Aviv, Israel.

67. Weller, A., Tsitolovskya, L., Gispan, I.H. & Rabinovitz, S. (2001). CCK and early learning in the rat. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the European Neuropeptides Club (ENC) and American Summer Neuropeptides Conference, Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv, Israel. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (supplement), 16, 65-66.

68. Shayit, M. & Weller, A. (2001). Cholecystokinin mediates natural preferences in infant rats. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the European Neuropeptides Club (ENC) and American Summer Neuropeptides Conference, Jerusalem & Tel-Aviv, Israel. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience (supplement), 16, 65.

69. Weller, A., Hurwitz, I. & Tsitolovskya, L. (2001). A corn-oil preload does not reduce intake in preweanling Otsuka Long Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats, a strain lacking CCKA receptors. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 8, 207.

70. Hurwitz, I., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Malkesman, O., David, A. & Weller, A. (2001). Stress induced responses of infant rats lacking cholecystokinin A (CCKA) receptors. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 8, 179.

71. Malkesman, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Hurwitz, I. & Weller, A. (2001). Mother-infant interaction in rats lacking the CCKA receptor.  Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 8, 185.

72. Schroder, M., Blumberg, S., Hurwitz, I., Haba, D. & Weller, A. (2001). Independent ingestion of infant rats lacking cholecystokinin type-A (CCKA) receptors.  Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

73. Shayit M., Nowak R.,  Keller, M. & Weller, A. (2001). The role of opiates in infant-mother bonding in sheep. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 8, 200.

74. Lavi-Avnon, Y., Yadid, G., Shayit, M. & Weller, A. (2001). Maternal behavior in a genetically selected animal model of depression.  Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 8, 160.

75. Weller, A. (2002). Neuropeptide regulation of emotion-regulation in early development. Paper presented at the first Interdisciplinary Meeting on Early Development, The Gonda Brain Research Center, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

76. Weller, A., Blumberg, S., Schroder, M., Hurwitz, I., Haba, D. & Tsitolovskya, L. (2002).  Intake, feeding patterns and activation of the dorsal vagal complex in infant rats lacking cholecystokinin type-a (CCKA) receptors. Paper presented at the Benjamin Franklin/L­afayette Seminar, La Napoule, France.

77. Goldstein-Ferber, S., Kohelet, D., Kuint J., Feldman R., Dollberg S., Arbel E., Weller A. (2002). Maternal touch and touch therapy. Paper presented at the 8th Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

78. Weller, A., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Hurwitz, I., & Malkesman, O. (2002). Rat pups lacking cholecystokinin-A (CCKA) receptors emit more ultrasonic vocalizations and obtain more maternal licking than controls.  Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Orlando, FL, U.S.A. Developmental Psychobiology, 41, 327.

79. Lavi-Avnon, Y. & Weller, A. (2002). Differences in immobility and maternal behavior between primiparous Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) and Sprague-dawley (SD) rats.  Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Orlando, FL, U.S.A. Developmental Psychobiology, 41, 312.

80. Blumberg, S., Schroder, M., Tsitolovskya, L., Haba, D., Torregrossa, A.-M., Smith, G.P., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Shayit, M.,  Hurwitz, I. & Weller, A. (2002). Intake and activation of the dorsal vagal complex in preweanling rats after preloads of corn-oil or mineral oil. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

81. Blumberg, S., Schroder, M., Tsitolovskya, L., Torregrossa, A.-M., Smith, G.P., Hurwitz, I. & Weller, A. (2003). Post-preload feeding and brain c-fos immunoreactivity in Long Evans and OLETF preweanling rats. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Groningen, The Netherlands. Appetite, 40, 318-319.

82. Lavi-Avnon, Y. & Weller, A. (2003). Maternal behavior in a genetic animal model of depression: Effects of postpartum week and acute stress exposure. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans, LA, U.S.A. Developmental Psychobiology, 43, 263.

83. Malkesman, O. & Weller, A. (2003). Immobility and social play in adolescent rats: Differences between two genetic animal models of depression. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans, LA, U.S.A. Developmental Psychobiology, 43, 264.

84. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y., Maayan R., Yadid, G., Shabat-Simon, M., Kesner, Y., Overstreet, D.H., & Weller, A. (2003). Do we have two different genetic animal models of childhood depression? Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 10, 215.

85. Braw, Y., Merlander, A. & Weller, A. (2004). Abnormal emotional-regulation of rat pups in the WKY animal model of depression. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 25.

86. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y., Maayan R., Yadid, G., Shabat-Simon, M., Kesner, Y., Touati, D., Overstreet, D.H., & Weller, A. (2004). Social play, HPA axis and Depression – Two different genetic animal models of childhood depression. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 71.

87. Lavi-Avnon, Y., & Weller, A. (2004). Maternal depression in Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) rats: different profiles throughout lactation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 29.

88. Schroeder, M., Lavi-Avnon, Y. & Weller, A. (2004). Differences in a single nursing episode between flinders sensitive line and Sprague-Dawley rats. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 32.

89. Levine, A., Feldman, R. & Weller, A. (2004). A psychoneuroendocrinological study of antenatal depression and bonding. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 41, 61.

90. Weller, A. & Malkesman, O. (2004). The neurochemical basis of social play: Data from animal models. Paper presented at the second Gonda meeting on Early Development: The development of social competence, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

91. Weller, A. Neurochemical basis of infant-mother interactions: Insights from animal models. Paper presented at: From Neuron to mind: the Inaugural conference of the Gonda (Goldschmeid) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

92. Lavi-Avnon Y., Schroeder M., & Weller A. (2004). Possible role for anhedonia in the different patterns of maternal behavior expressed by Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) dams. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Aix-en-Provence, France. Developmental Psychobiology, 45, 275.

93. Malkesman, O. & Weller, A. (2004). The brain reward system in genetic animal models of childhood depression. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Aix-en-Provence, France. Developmental Psychobiology, 45, 277.

94. Braw, Y., Merlender, A., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Malkesman, O. & Weller, A. (2004). Withdrawal-based emotion-regulation strategies in the (WKY) rat model of depression. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Aix-en-Provence, France. Developmental Psychobiology, 45, 265.

95. Levine, A., Feldman R., Zagoory, O. & Weller A. (2004). A psychoneuroendocrinological study of antenatal depression and bonding. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Aix-en-Provence, France. Developmental Psychobiology, 45, 276.

96. Weller, A., Tsitolovskya, L. & Smith, G.P (2004). The postingestive inhibitory effect of peptone emerges in rats between postnatal days 13-18. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Cincinnati, OH, USA. Appetite, 42, 407.

97. Schroeder, M., Malkesman, O., Haba, D., Torregrossa, A-M., Smith, G.P.,  Weller, A., & Blumberg, S. (2004). Effect of exogenous CCK on 9-12 days old rat pups: independent ingestion and c-fos like immunoreactivity in brainstem, hypothalamic nuclei and central nucleus of the amygdala. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Cincinnati, OH, USA. Appetite, 42, 394.

98. Zagoory, O., Schroeder, M., Bi, S., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2004). Body weight and fat-distribution and accumulation in OLETF and LETO rats: ontogeny and reproductive status. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Cincinnati, OH, USA. Appetite, 42, 416.

99. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y., Maayan R., Yadid, G.,Roth-Deri, I., Kinor, N., Touati-Werner, D., Weizman, A., Overstreet, D.H., & Weller, A. (2004). Hypothalamic Beta-Endorphin and the HPA axis in two different genetic animal models of childhood depression. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 123, 39.

100. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O.,  Maayan, R., Touati-Werner, D. & Weller, A. (2004). Effects of early life experience on corticosterone secretion in two animal models of depression (Wistar-Kyoto and Flinder-Sensitive Line rats). Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 12, 9.

101. Weller, A., Brunelli, S.A., Schroeder, M., Malkesman, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Hurwitz, I., Blumberg, S., O. Zagoory. (2004). Examining effects of postnatal maternal care on offspring phenotype by “switching” the pups between dams of one line and another. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 12, 63.

102. Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schroeder, M., & Weller, A. (2005). The influence of the reproductive status of female rats lacking CCK-A receptors, on fat pads and hormones levels. Paper presented at the 4th Congress of the Federation of the Israel Societies for Experimental Biology, Eilat, Israel (proceedings, p. 168).

103. Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Bi, S., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2005). Body weight, fat-distribution and hypothalamic neuropeptide expression in OLETF and LETO rats. Paper presented at the 4th Congress of the Federation of the Israel Societies for Experimental Biology, Eilat, Israel (proceedings, p. 164).

104. Braw Y., Malkesman O., Touati-Werner D., Eisner D., Maayan R., and Weller A. (2005). Effects of heredity and mild chronic stress on corticosterone and ACTH in two animal models of depression. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Hagoshreem, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 41 (4, supplement), 5.

105. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y., Maayan, R., Yadid, G., Roth-Deri, I., Kinor, N., Touati-Werner, D., Weizman, A., Overstreet, D.H., and Weller, A. (2005). HPA axis reactivity, beta-endorphin and childhood depression-two different genetic animal models of childhood depression. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Hagoshreem, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 41 (4, supplement), 5.

106. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y., Maayan, R., Yadid, G., Roth-Deri, I., Kinor, N., Touati-Werner, D., Weizman, A., Overstreet, D.H., & Weller, A. (2005).  HPA Hormones, Neuropeptides and Childhood Depression - Two Different Genetic Animal Models of Childhood Depression. Paper presented at the 60th Annual Convention of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

107. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O., Touati-Werner, D., Eisner, D., Maayan, R., & Weller, A. (2005). Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis activity as an interaction of heredity and early life stress in animal models of depression (Wistar-Kyoto and Flinder-Sensitive Line). Paper presented at the 60th Annual Convention of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

108. Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2005). The correlation between fat pads, plasma oxytocin and leptin is dependent on reproductive status in female rats lacking CCK-A receptors. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Appetite, 44, 391.

109. Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y. Weller, A. (2005). Maternal and genotype effects on weight gain in nursing rat pups lacking CCKA: "competition" and cross-fostering studies. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Appetite, 44, 377.

110. Weller, A. (2005). The role of CCK in the inhibitory control of intake in the rat. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Appetite, 44, 388.

111. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Schroeder, M., Overstreet, D.H., Maayan, R. & Weller, A. (2005). Emotion-regulation and brain dehydroepiaandrosterone in Wistar-Kyoto and Flinders sensitive-line animal models of depression. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington D.C., USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 47, 420.

112. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y., Maayan, R., Weizman, A., Overstreet, D.H., Kinor, N., Weller, A. & Yadid, G. (2005). Potential role of neurosteroids as antidepressants for childhood depression: DHEA & monoamines in the limbic system of two animal models. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington D.C., USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 47, 437.

113. Weller, A., Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y. (2005). Weight gain in suckling rat pups lacking CCK-A receptors: ‘Competition’ and cross-fostering studies. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington D.C., USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 47, 454.

114. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Schroeder, M., Overstreet, D. H., Maayan R., & Weller, A. (2005). Anxiety-like behaviors and brain Dehydroepiandrosterone, in pre-pubertal rats belonging to two animal models of depression. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, USA.

115. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y, Maayan, R., Weizman, A., Overstreet, D.H., Kinor, N., Weller, A. &  Yadid, G. (2005). Dehydroepiandrosterone and monoamines in the limbic system of two different genetic animal models of childhood depression. Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, USA.

116. Malkesman, O., Braw, Y., Maayan R., Weizman, A., Overstreet, D.H., Kinor, N., Yadid, G., & Weller, A. (2005). DHEA and monoamines in the limbic system of different animal models of childhood depression. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 16, Suppl. 1, S44.

117. Braw, Y., Malkesman, O., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Schroeder, M., Overstreet, D.H., Maayan, R., Weller, A. (2005). Flinder's Sensitive-Line and Wistar-Kyoto pre-pubertal rats: Putative evidence for differential levels of anxiety and its relation to brain Dehydroepiandrosterone. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 16, Suppl. 1, S13.

118. Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Bi, S., Moran, TH., Weller, A. (2005). Body weight, leptin levels and hypothalamic neuropeptide expression in CCK1 deficient rats. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Reviews in the Neurosciences, 16, Suppl. 1, S56.

119. Malkesman, O., Shayit M., Genud R., Zangen A., Kinor N., Overstreet D.H., Maayan R., Weizman A., Weller, A. & Yadid G. (2006). Alterations in dehydroepiandrosterone but not monoamines in the nucleus accumbens and childhood depression: An animal model study. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Hagoshreem, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 42 (4, supplement), 45.        

120. Malkesman, O., Shayit, M., Genud, R., Zangen, A., Kinor, N., Overstreet, D.H., Maayan, R., Weizman, A., Weller, A. & Yadid, G. (2006). Association between dehydroepiandrosterone but not monoaminergic alterations in the nucleus accumbens and childhood depression: an animal model study. Paper presented at the 61th Annual Convention of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

121. Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Moran, T.H., Bi, S., & Weller, A. (2006). Pair-feeding studies in young CCK1 spontaneous knockout rats. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Naples, FL, USA. Appetite, 46, 381.

122. Bi, S., Hyun J., Schroeder M., Zagoory-Sharon O., Weller A. & Moran T.H. (2006). Development of neuropeptide Y overexpression in the dorsomedial hypothalamus in OLETF rats lacking cholecystokinin (CCK) A receptors. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Naples, FL, USA. Appetite, 46, 342.

123. Weller, A., Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Bi, S., & Moran, T.H. (2006). Examination of the emergence of obesity from birth to adulthood in the OLETF rat model. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Physiology and Pharmacology, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

124. Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Gelber, V., Moran, T.H., Bi, S., & Weller, A. (2006). Effect of early food restriction on young CCK1 spontaneous knockout rats. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 2007, 87.

125. Gelber, V., Schroeder, M., Krause, A., Weller, A., & Zagoory-Sharon, O. (2006). The connection between the eating behavior and the estrous cycle in OLETF rats lacking CCK-1 receptors. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 2007, 36.

126. Malkesman, O., Maayan, R., Weizman, A., & Weller, A. (2006). Aggressive behavior and HPA axis hormones after social isolation in adult rats of two different genetic animal models for depression. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 2007, 65.

127. Malkesman, O., Asaf, T., Shbiro, L., Goldstein, A., Maayan, R., Weizman, A., Yadid, G. & Weller, A. (2007). The effect of antidepressants and DHEAS on childhood depression – an animal model study. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 44 (1, supplement), 7.

128. Schroeder, M., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Moran, T.H., Bi, S., & Weller, A. (2007). Food restriction from weaning to puberty reduces long term food intake, adipocyte area and obesity in male but not in female OLETF rats. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA. Appetite, 49(1), 328.

129. Schroeder, M., Lavi-Avnon, Y., Zagoory –Sharon, O., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2007). Maternal and offspring’s involvement in the development of pre-obesity in infant OLETF rats. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA. Appetite, 49(1), 328.

130. Weller, A., Braw, Y., Maayan, R., & Weizman, A. (2007). Effects of early-life stress in animal models of depression. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Physiology and Pharmacology, Ma’ale Hachamisha, Israel.

131. Dahan, H., Weller, A., Branski, D., Mechoulam, R. & Fride, E. (2007). Neonatal blockade of the CB1 receptor: Further support for endocannabinoid-CB1 deficiency as the biological basis of 'Non-Organic Failure-To-Thrive' in infants. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Physiology and Pharmacology, Ma’ale Hachamisha, Israel.

132.  Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Gelber, V., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2007). Gender differences in anti obesity programming achieved by different early interventions in OLETF rats. Paper presented at the the 3rd Russell Berrie D-Cure Symposium on Diabetes and Obesity, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

133. Fride, E., Dahan, H., Steinberg, S., Matan, H., Braun, H., Weller, A., Branski, D., Seltzman, H.H., Reggio, P.H., & Mechoulam, R. (2007). First animal model for 'failure-to-thrive' in infants: Endocannabinoid-cb1 receptor deficiency and therapeutic directions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine, Cologne, Germany.

134. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Gelber, V., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2007). Gender differences in anti-obesity programming achieved by early interventions in OLETF rats. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, CA, USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 49, 740.

135. Weller, A., Schroeder, M., & Moran, T.H. (2007). Maternal influence on early obesity development in the OLETF rat. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, CA, USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 49, 744.

136. Weller, A. (2007). Sex differences in coping with energetic challenges during development in the OLETF rat. Paper presented at the Columbia University Seminar on Appetitive Behavior, New York, NY, USA.

137. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2007). Gender differences in coping with "lean" and "obese" postnatal environments in a rat model of obesity. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 2007, 97.

138. Shbiro, L., Schroeder, M., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2007). Maternal obesity levels at the time of weaning are influenced by the strain of the pups: insights from a cross-fostering study in the OLETF rat model of obesity. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel. Neural Plasticity, 2007, 101.

139. Weller, A. (2007). Animal models of childhood depression. Paper presented at “Depression: From basic science to treatment”, one-day conference, Israeli Society for Biological Psychiatry, Tel-Hashomer, Israel.

140. Shbiro, L., Schroeder, M., Asaf, T., & Weller, A. (2008). The influence of group-housing during adolescence on depression- and anxiety- like behaviors in Wistar Kyoto rats. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 45 (1, Supplement), 31.

141. Asaf, T., Shbiro, L., Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2008). Effects of early maternal separation in male and female pre-pubertal rats and their mothers in a genetic animal model of depression. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 45 (1, Supplement), 31.

142. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Moran, T.H., & Weller, A. (2008). Gender differences in obesity and anxiety levels after In- and Cross-fostering in CCK1 deficient rats. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 45 (1, Supplement), 37.

143. Schechter, M ., Dahan, H., Rabichev, S., Weller, A., & Fride, E. (2008). Endocannabinoids as supplements to infant formula to prevent behavioral sequelae of "failure-to thrive". Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 45 (1, Supplement), 40.

144. Sztainberg, Y., Weller A., & Chen A. (2008). The role of environmental enrichment in modulating behavioral and neuroendocrine responses to stress. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. Kfar Giladi, Israel.

145. Weller, A., Braw, Y. & Lavi-Avnon, Y. (2008). Mother-infant attachment and emotion-regulation in genetic animal models of depression. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Israel Endocrine Society. Ramat-Gan, Israel.

146. Marco, A., Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Moran, T.H. & Weller, A. (2008). Hyperphagia-induced obesity in young male and female OLETF rats: a developmental study. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Paris, France. Appetite, 51, 384.

147. Weller, A., Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L. & Moran, T.H. (2008). Maternal obesity levels at weaning are influenced by the pups’ strain: insights from a cross-fostering study in OLETF rats. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Paris, France. Appetite, 51, 408.

148. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Moran, T.H. & Weller, A. (2008). Sex differences in coping with "lean" and "obese" postnatal environments in a rat model of obesity. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Paris, France. Appetite, 51, 398.

149. Asaf, T., Shbiro, L., Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2008). Differential impact of maternal separation in male and female pre-pubertal rats and their mothers in the WKY rat model of depression. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, DC, USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 721.

150. Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schneiderman, I., Leckman, J.F., Weller, A., & Feldman, R. (2008). Oxytocin and cortisol in romantically unattached young adults: Associations with bonding and psychological distress. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, DC, USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 728.

151. Weller, A., Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Zagoory-Sharon, O., & Moran, T.H. (2008). Towards an animal model of childhood-onset obesity: Follow-up of OLETF rats during pregnancy and lactation. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, DC, USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 749. 

152. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Gelber, V., & Weller, A. (2008). Obesity in adult OLETF rats can be attenuated by voluntary exercise during childhood and adolescence. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

153. Shbiro, L., Schroeder, M., Asaf, T. & Weller, A. (2008). Influence of environmental enrichment during adolescence on depression- and anxiety- like behaviors in the Wistar Kyoto rat model of depression. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

154. Schroeder M., Shbiro L., Kronfeld-Schor N., & Weller A. (2009). Neuroendocrine factors underlying the early development of obesity: An animal model study. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 46 (1, supplement), 27.

155. Schroeder M., Shbiro L., Marco A., & Weller A. (2009). Examining the influence of enriched environment on anxiety and working memory in CCK1R knockout rats. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 46 (1, supplement), 54.

156. Gordon, I., Weller, A., & Feldman, R. (2009). Oxytocin and mental & behavioral aspects of parental bonding in humans. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 46 (1, supplement), 28.

157. Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F., Weller, A. & Feldman, R. (2009). Maternal and paternal bonding in the postpartum: Hormones, parenting behavior, and mental representations. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado, USA.

158. Schroeder, M., Blumberg, S., Bi S., Moran, T.H., Smith, G.P., & Weller, A. (2009). Pre-obese behavioral and neurobiological phenotype in the OLETF rats during the suckling period. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Nassau, The Bahamas.

159. Weller, A., Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L. & Gelber, V. (2009). Early-life short-term voluntary exercise attenuates obesity in adult OLETF rats.  Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Portland, Oregon, USA. Appetite, 52, 864.

160. Schechter, M., Raviv, O., Weller, A. &  Fride, E. (2009). Blockade of the cannabinoid CB1 receptor impairs maternal behavior and offspring development and performance at adulthood in mice.  Paper presented at the 19th Annual Symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, St. Charles, Illinois, USA

161. Dahan, H., Weller, A. &  Fride, E. (2009). Cannabinoid CB1 receptor blockade at birth causes growth failure due to oral motor weakness and is mediated by peripheral mechanisms.  Paper presented at the 19th Annual Symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, St. Charles, Illinois, USA

162. Sultany, T. & Weller, A. (2009). Effects of prenatal stress schedule on emotion regulation in an animal model of depression. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Chicago, IL, USA. Developmental Psychobiology, 51, 600. 

163. Sultany, T., Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2009). Differential effects of prenatal stress on anxiety- and depression-like behaviors in the WKY rat. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

164. Schroeder, M., Sultany, T., Kronfeld-Schor, N. & Weller, A. (2009). Prenatal stress has a sex dependent effect on food preference and body composition in a genetic animal model of depression. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

165. Asaf, T., Shbiro, L., Sztainberg, Y., Chen, A. & Weller, A. (2009). Effects of early maternal separation in male and female pre-pubertal rats on corticosterone and hypothalamic CRF receptor levels after acute stress in the WKY rat model of depression. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

166. Shbiro, L., Kenkel, W., Carter, C. & Weller, A. (2009). Levels of hypothalamic oxytocin and vasopressin and a depressive- and anxious-like profile in Wistar-Kyoto stress- sensitive rats. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

167. Marco, A., Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2009). Feeding and reward: Developmental changes and differences between sexes in an animal model of obesity. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

168. Abu-Toamih Atamni H., Schroeder, M., Kronfeld-Schor, N., Moran, T.H. & Weller A. (2009). Examining the influence of the early maternal environment on later susceptibility to diet induced obesity in CCK1 knockout rats. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

169. Belhanes, H., Kavushansky, A, Rosenfeld, M, Weller, A, Ben-Shachar, D & Avital, A. (2009). Postnatal interference of Sp1 activity induces schizophrenia like behavioral consequences. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

170. Weller, A., Asaf, T. & Sultany, T. (2010). Early-life programming of emotion-regulation by prenatal stress and postnatal handling. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Korean Society for Stress Study, Seoul, Korea.

171. Weller, A., Asaf, T. & Sultany, T. (2010). Programming of emotion-regulation by prenatal stress and postnatal handling. Paper presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

172. Abu-Toamih Atamni, H., Schroeder M., Kronfeld-Schor N., Moran T.H., & Weller, A. (2010). The influence of the early maternal environment on later resistance to high-fat diet induced obesity: An animal model study. Paper presented at the 8th Preventative Nutrition Conference, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

173. Sultany, T., Schroeder, M. & Weller, A. (2010). Prenatal stress produces divergent patterns of anxiety- and depression-like behaviors in WKY and Wistar rats. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Sardinia, Italy.

174. Weller, A., Schroeder, M. & Shbiro, L. (2010). Exercise vs. enriched environment: Effects on obesity in male and female OLETF rats.  Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

175. Schroeder, T.H. Moran & Weller, A. (2010). Long term obesity moderation in OLETF rats by post weaning time-specific food restriction.  Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

176. Schechter, M., Pinhasov, A., Weller, A. &  Fride, E. (2010). Blocking Dam's Cannabinoid CB1 receptor affects pups' social behavior. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, Lund, Sweden.

177. Schroeder, M., Moran, T.H. & Weller, A. (2010). Maternal behavior and physiological adaptations during pregnancy and lactation in the OLETF rat model of obesity. Paper presented at The Parental Brain: Neurobiology, Behaviour and the Next Generation conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

178. Schroeder, M., Shbiro, L., Moran, T.H. & Weller, A. (2010). Maternal environmental contribution to adult sensitivity and resistance to obesity in Japanese Long Evans rats. Paper presented at The Parental Brain: Neurobiology, Behaviour and the Next Generation conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

179. Belhanes H., Kavushansky A., Rosenfeld M., Weller A., Ben-Shachar D., & Avital A. (2010). Postnatal interference of Sp1 activity predisposing to chronic stress – implication for schizophrenia. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

180. Schroeder M., Kronfeld-Schor N., & Weller A. (2010). Postnatal maternal environment programs adult leptin sensitivity and exerts long term behavioral and neuroendocrinological effects in obese OLETF and lean LETO female rats. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

181. Marco A., Schroeder M., & Weller A. (2010). The reward system in obestiy: sex differences throughout development. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

182. Marco A., Schroeder M., & Weller A. (2011). The reward system in obesity: Examination of developmental patterns and sex differences throughout development. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

183. Weller, A., & Rosenfeld, A. (2011). Effects of environmental enrichment during gestation on the dam and on the offspring– a study with "normal" and "depressive-like" rat strains. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

184. Weller, & Rosenfeld, A. (2011). Pattern of effects of environmental enrichment during gestation in rats differs by offspring strain, age and sex. Paper presented at the 13th Annual meeting of the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS). Rome, Italy.

185. Schroeder, M., Frankel, N., Shbiro, L. &.Weller, A. (2011).  Abnormal adaptation to lactation leads to normalization of obesity at the time of weaning in CCK1R deficient rats. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Clearwater, FL, USA.

186. Kim, Y.J., Schroeder, M., Liang, N.C., Chao, P.T., Moran, T.H. &.Weller, A. (2011).  Effects of early postnatal environment on hypothalamic gene expression in OLETF rats. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Clearwater, FL, USA.

187. Shbiro, L., Weller, A., Gutman, A., Rosenan, R. & Zalsman, G. (2011). Brief daily exposure to environmental enrichment during adolescence: Changes in behavior and in diffusion tensor imaging in the WKY rat model of depression/anxiety. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

188. Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2011). Epigenetics and obesity: Hypothalamic proopiomelanocortin promoter methylation is altered in rats by feeding a high fat diet. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

189. Frankel N, Schroeder M. & Weller A. (2011). Peripheral and central changes in adaptation to the metabolic demands of lactation in OLETF rats lacking CCK1R. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

190. Gutman, A, Shbiro, L., Weller, A. & Zalsman G. (2011). Effects of genotype and post-weaning short-term stress on emotion-regulation and activity measures in the WKY rat model of depression and anxiety. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

191. Schechter, M., Weller, A., Pittel, Z., Zimmer, A. & Pinhasov, A. (2012). Maternal care and dam's hippocampal oxytocin receptor expression are affected by CB1 receptor deficiency. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

192. Barnea, R., Marco, A., Bekker, L., Weller, A., & Yadid, G. (2012). Different eating patterns may lead to alterations in cocaine seeking behavior. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

193. Gutman, A, Shbiro, L., Weller, A. & Zalsman G. (2012). Post-weaning short-term stress effects in the WKY rat model of depression and anxiety. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

194. Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2012). Epigenetic modifications in the hypothalamic Arcuate nucleus by chronic high fat diet in rats. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

195. Zalsman, G, Gutman, A, Shbiro, L., Rosenan, R., Mann, J.J., & Weller, A. (2012).  Assessing gene x environment x timing interactions in pediatric depression using short-term stress exposures during development in the WKY rat model of depression. Paper presented at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

196.  Frankel, N., Pismenuk, T., Weller, A. (2012). Effect of gestational caloric restriction on the tendency of the offspring to develop obesity in OLETF rats. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Zurich, Switzerland.

197. Beit-Arie, A., Weller, A. & Goldstein, A. (2012). Eating with the eyes: Electromagnetic brain responses to visual cues of high-calorie food. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. New Orleans, LA, USA.

198. Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Meiri, N., Weller, A. (2012). Epigenetic modifications in the hypothalamic Arcuate nucleus by chronic high fat diet in rats. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Zurich, Switzerland.

199. Weller, A., Schroeder, M., Yarkoni, S., Sultany, T., & Kronfeld-Schor, N. (2012). Prenatal stress affects food preference and metabolic parameters in Wistar rats. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans, LA, USA.

200. Gil-Ad, I., Vered, I., Taler, M., Portnoy, M., Zipori, M., Shbiro, L., Tarasenko, I., Globus, R., Weizman, A., Weller, A. (2012). A novel sarcosinyl-linked Olanzapine antipsychotic agent, PGW5, exhibits high efficacy with no metabolic side-effects in rodent models. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

201. Schechter, M., Weller A., Pittel Z., Zimmer, A. & Pinhasov, A. (2012). CB1 receptor deficiency affects maternal care and alters the dam's hippocampal oxytocin receptor and BDNF expression. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

202. Frankel, N., Pismanyuk, T. &Weller, A. (2013). Effect of gestational caloric restriction on the tendency of the offspring to develop obesity and anxiety–related behaviors in OLETF rats. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

203. Globus, R., Vered, I., Taler, M., Shbiro, L., Gil-Ad, I., Weller, A. & Weizman, A. (2013). Comparative effect of the antipsychotic drug Olanzapine and its novel analog PGW5 on metabolic parameters associated with therapy in female rat model. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

204. Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Lavi, Y., Eliyahu, L., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2013). High fat diet induces epigenetic modifications on the POMC promoter affecting obesity in male and female rats. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

205. Shbiro L., Asaf T., Schroeder M., Gutman A., Zalsman G. & Weller A. (2013). Environmental manipulations during peri-adolescence in Wistar Kyoto rats. Paper presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

206. Weller, A., Shbiro, L., Gutman, A., & Zalsman, G.  (2013). The influence of environmental manipulations during peri-adolescence on the genetic depressive- and anxious-like profile of male Wistar Kyoto rats. Paper presented at the 11th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Kyoto, Japan.

207. Gil-Ad, I., Vered, I., Taler, M., Portnoy, M., Zipori, M., Shbiro, L., Tarasenko, I., Globus, R., Weizman, A., Weller, A. (2013). A novel sarcosinyl-linked Olanzapine antipsychotic agent, PGW5, exhibits high efficacy with no metabolic side-effects in rodent models. Paper presented at the 11th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, Kyoto, Japan.

208. Weller, A., Schroeder, M., Yarkoni, S., Sultany, T., & Kronfeld-Schor, N. (2013). Food preference and metabolic parameters are affected by prenatal stress in Wistar rats. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. New Orleans, LA, USA.

209. Marco, A, Kisliouk, T, Tabachnik, T, Lavi, Y, Eliyahu, L, Meiri, N, Weller, A. (2013). High fat diet is associated with Pomc cpg methylation during perinatal programming. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego,CA, USA.

210. Marco, A, Kisliouk, T, Tabachnik, T, Lavi, Y, Eliyahu, L, Meiri, N, Weller, A. (2013). Pomc Cpg methylation is associated with high fat diet –induced perinatal programming of weight gain. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

211. Weller, A., Shbiro, L., Gutman, A., & Zalsman, G.  (2014). Brain architecture assessed by Diffusion-Tensor-Imaging in a genetic model of early onset depression and anxiety. Paper presented at the 5th Brain and Behavior meeting of the Haifa Forum for Brain and Behavior. Haifa, Israel.

212. Herhshkovitz, L., Hazut, N., Shbiro, L., Zalsman, G., Mechoulam, R., Weller, A. & Shoval, G. (2014). Behavioral aspects of cannabidiol treatment for depression and anxiety in an animal model. Paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

213. Marco, A. Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2014). CpG methylation of the Pomc promoter and overweight in offspring to high fat diet fed dams are not ‘reprogrammed’ by regular chow diet after weaning. Paper presented at “Epigenetic Programming and Inheritance (D2)”, Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

214. Weller, A., Marco, A. Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., & Meiri, N. (2014). High fat diet induces transgenerational alterations in epigenetic markers at the Pomc  Promoter. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Seattle, WA, USA.

215. Shbiro, L., Asaf, T., Schroeder, M., Gutman, A., Zalsman, G. & Weller, A. (2014). Modifying depression/anxiety-like behaviors by environmental manipulations during peri-adolescence in Wistar Kyoto rats. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, DC, USA.

216. Hazut, N., Susswein, A.J. & Weller, A. (2014). Blocking nitric oxide produces diet-dependent excitation or inhibition of feeding in rats with low motivation to eat. Paper presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, USA.

217. Frankel, N. & Weller, A. (2014). Prenatal and genotype influences, and sex differences, in the tendency to develop obesity in rats lacking CCK1 receptors. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

218. Marco, A. Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2014). High fat diet induces transgenerational alterations in weight gain and in epigenetic markers at the Pomc promoter. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

219. Tabachnik, T., Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Weller, A. & Meiri, N. (2014). Maternal diet-induced obesity (DIO) in rats leads to malprogramming in the hypothalamus of the offspring. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

220. Barnea, R., Bekker, L., Zifman, N., Marco, A., Yadid, G. & Weller, A. (2015). “State” and “trait” binge eating predict cocaine craving in rats. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

221. Hazut, N., Susswein, A., Shbiro, L. & Weller, A. (2015). Diet-dependent opposite effects of nitric oxide on feeding after satiation. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

222. Tabachnik, T., Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2015). Maternal diet-induced obesity (DIO) in rats leads to alterations in the regulation of melanocortin 4 receptor (Mc4r) of the offspring. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

223. Marco, A. Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2015). High fat diet induces transgenerational epigenetic malprogramming of hypothalamic mechanisms that regulate feeding and obesity. Paper presented at the EBPS conference on Stress, PTSD and Psychiatric disorders "From Basic Science to Therapeutic Intervention", the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

224. Hazut, N., Susswein, A., Shbiro, L. & Weller, A. (2015). Snacking after satiation: Regulation of eating between meals by NO and L-arginine. Paper presented at the Benjamin Franklin/Lafayette Seminar, Frejus, France.

225. Shbiro, L., Shoval, G., Hershkovitz, L., Hazut, N., Zalsman, G., Mechoulam, R. & Weller, A. (2015). Cannabidiol produces pro-hedonic effects in a rat model for depression. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR), Tel Aviv, Israel.

226. Weller, A., Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T. & Meiri, N. (2015). Transgenerational epigenetic programming of hypothalamic mechanisms that regulate feeding and obesity by high fat diet. Paper presented in Symposium: Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Sebastian, Spain.

227. Tabachnik, T., Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2015). Maternal diet-induced obesity (DIO) in rats leads to epigenetic alterations in the hypothalamus of the offspring. Paper presented at the FENS Featured Regional Meeting, Thessaloniki, Greece.

228. Hazut, N., Weller, A. & Susswein, A.J. (October, 2015). Nitric oxide produces excitation and inhibition of feeding in satiated rats via different mechanisms. Paper presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL, USA.

229. Dar, S., Shbiro L., Gil-Ad I., Weizman A., Weller A. & Taler M. (2015). Age-dependent effects of Olanzapine on weight gain and binge eating behavior in juvenile and adolescent rats. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

230. Shbiro, L., Shoval, G., Hazut, N., Hershkovitz, L., Zalsman, G., Mechoulam, R. & Weller, A. (2015). Anti-depressant effects of Cannabidiol in rat models of depression. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

231. Barnea, R., Bekker, L., Zifman, N., Marco, A., Yadid, G. & Weller, A. (2015). Cocaine craving in rats is predicted by “state” and “trait” binge eating. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

232. Hazut, N., Susswein, A.J. & Weller, A. (2015). Nitric oxide produces excitation and inhibition of feeding in satiated rats via different mechanisms. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

233. Hazut, N., Rapps, K., Shbiro, L., Weller, A. & Susswein, A. (2016). Nitric oxide produces inhibition of feeding in satiated rats: initial examination of mechanisms. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

234. Menashe, T., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Marco, A., Meiri, N. & Weller, A. (2016). Paternal high fat diet affects the expression of hypothalamic Pomc in the offspring: A potential transgenerational epigenetic mechanism for obesity. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

235. Dar, S., Shbiro, L., Gil-Ad, I., Weizman A., Weller, A. & Taler, M. (2016). Age-dependent effects of Olanzapine on weight gain and binge eating behavior in juvenile and adolescent rats. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry, HaGoshreem, Israel.

236. Zalsman, G., Weller, A., Shbiro, L., Barzily, R., Gutman, A., Weizman, A., Mann, J.J., Wasserman, D.  Brain fiber tract analysis using diffusion tensor imaging reveals aberrant connectivity in a rat model of depression. (2016). Paper presented at the 71st Annual Scientific Convention of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

237. Weller, A., Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T. & Meiri, N. (2016). Parental epigenetic programming by high fat diet of hypothalamic mechanisms that regulate feeding and obesity in the offspring. Paper presented at the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Copenhagen, Denmark.

238. Weller, A., Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T. & Meiri, N. (2016). Regulation of feeding and obesity in rat offspring by parental high fat diet-induced epigenetic alterations on the Pomc promotor in the arcuate nucleus. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Porto, Portgal.

239. Meiri, N., Marco, A. Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Menashe, T. & Weller, A. (2016). Transgenerational epigenetic programming of hypothalamic mechanisms that regulate feeding and obesity by high fat diet. Paper presented at the 17th International Congress of Endocrinology in collaboration with the 15th Annual Meeting of the Chinese Society of Endocrinology (ICE-CSE 2016), Beijing, China.

240. Hazut, N., Rapps, K., Weller, A. & Susswein, A.J. (2016). Inhibition of feeding by nitric oxide in satiated rats: initial examination of mechanisms. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

241. Moshe, L. & Weller, A. (2016). The conflict between immediate reward and anticipated delayed aversive consequences in rats: Impact of trait binge eating. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

242. Rapps, K., Hazut, N., Shbiro, L., Weller, A. & Susswein, A.J. (2016). Nitric oxide inhibits post-satiation eating. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

243. Weller, A., Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T. & Meiri, N. (2016). Hypothalamic mechanisms that regulate feeding and obesity: Offspring epigenetic programming by parental high fat diet. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

244. Menashe, T., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T., Marco, A., Weller, A. & Meiri, N. (2016). Expression of hypothalamic Pomc in the offspring is affected by paternal high fat diet: A potential epigenetic mechanism for obesity. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

245. Hen-Shoval, D., Shbiro, L., Amar, S., Mechoulam, R., Zalsman, G., Weller, A. & Shoval, G. (2016). Acute oral Cannabidiol and Cannabidiol acid methyl–ester reduce swim-test depression-like behavior in a genetic animal model of depression. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.

246. Weller, A., Marco, A., Kisliouk, T., Tabachnik, T. & Meiri, N. (March, 2017). Epigenetic mechanisms underlying parental high-fat diet induced obesity in the offspring. Paper to be presented at the 12th Gottingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society. Gottingen, Germany.

Courses

Current:

* Hormones & Behavior

* The neurochemical basis of normal and abnormal behavior

* Methodology Practicum

* Seminars:

         Affective neuroscience

         Depression & anxiety: biological aspects

         Eating disorders and obesity: biological aspects

Research

         

Research Fields

  • Developmental Psychobiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Psychoneuroendocrinology

  • Biological Psychiatry

  • Animal models of obesity, binge eating, depression, infant-mother attachment, emotion-regulation

  • Epigenetics

Research Projects

  • Examining neurochemical, neuroanatomical and hormonal mechanisms in the development of emotion-regulation and self-regulation in animal models of depression.
  • Neurobiological, epigenetic and environmental mechanisms underlying the development of obesity and binge-eating, using animal models.
  • Animal models of adolescent and maternal depression and anxiety

 

Research Achievement

Congratulations for the success of two his doctoral students Dr. Yoram Braw who currently serves as the Head of the Department of Psychology at Ariel University and Dr. Marianna Schroeder who recently accepted a Position at Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, in Germany