Richard Rogers, Ph.D.

John S. McIlhenny Endowed Professorship in Nutritional Neuroscience
Interim Associate Executive Director for Basic

Autonomic Neuroscience - Rogers
Associate Executive Director for Basic Science
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Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1979, Neuroscience


Dr. Rogers laboratory focuses on the modulation of the brain-gut axis by cytokines, hormones and CNS pathways involved in the control of feeding behavior and energy utilization. A special emphasis is placed on live cell imaging approaches to neural – glial interactions in brainstem autonomic control centers.


1: McDougal DH, Viard E, Hermann GE, Rogers RC. Astrocytes in the hindbrain detect glucoprivation and regulate gastric motility. Auton Neurosci. 2013 Apr;175(1-2):61-9.

2: Rogers RC, Hermann GE. Tumor necrosis factor activation of vagal afferent terminal calcium is blocked by cannabinoids. J Neurosci. 2012 Apr 11;32(15):5237-41.

3: Viard E, Rogers RC, Hermann GE. Systemic cholecystokinin amplifies vago-vagal reflex responses recorded in vagal motor neurones. J Physiol. 2012 Feb 1;590(Pt3):631-46.

4: McDougal DH, Hermann GE, Rogers RC. Vagal afferent stimulation activates astrocytes in the nucleus of the solitary tract via AMPA receptors: evidence of an atypical neural-glial interaction in the brainstem. J Neurosci. 2011 Sep28;31(39):14037-45.

5: Rogers RC, McDougal DH, Hermann GE. Leptin amplifies the action of thyrotropin-releasing hormone in the solitary nucleus: an in vitro calcium imaging study. Brain Res. 2011 Apr 18;1385:47-55
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