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The Neuroendocrinology, Neuroimmunology, Rhythms and Sleep (NNRS) Study Section reviews applications on the neurobiological basis of behavior with a focus on neuroendocrine, neuroimmune, circadian rhythm and sleep systems. Studies typically use behavioral, physiological, pharmacological, anatomical and developmental approaches, but may include cellular, molecular or genetic approaches. NNRS considers applications across the lifespan including development, maturation and aging, as well as rhythmicity and plasticity in the adult. NNRS primarily reviews applications focused on animal models, but relevant applications involving human subjects are also reviewed.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Reproductive neuroendocrinology of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and related circuits, with emphasis on the impact of reproductive hormones on neuronal processes contributing to reproductive, cognitive and other behaviors.
  • Stress neuroendocrinology of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and related circuits, with emphasis on the impact of stress hormones on neuronal processes contributing to stress, affective and cognitive behaviors.
  • Affiliative neuroendocrinology of oxytocin, vasopressin and prolactin secretion with emphasis on the impact of these hormones on neuronal processes contributing to maternal, affiliative and social behaviors.
  • Ingestive behavior, including neural regulation of food and fluid intake, and whole-body energy homeostasis.
  • Interactions between the nervous and immune systems with an emphasis on associated sickness, affiliative, cognitive and depressive behaviors.
  • Neurobiology of circadian and other rhythms in activity, reproduction and sleep, including pacemaker mechanisms and output pathways.
  • Neural mechanisms that generate, maintain, and regulate sleep, and promote arousal.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Applications focused on neuroendocrine or neuroimmune aspects of behavior associated with drugs of abuse or ethanol may be reviewed by Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior (NMB) or Neurotoxicology and Alcohol (NAL).

Applications focused on behavioral motivation associated with ingestion of food or fluids may be reviewed by NMB.

Applications focused on the neural regulation of food and fluid intake may be reviewed by Integrative Physiology of Obesity and Diabetes Study Section [IPOD] when the focus is primarily on metabolism, rather than behavioral regulation.

Applications that focus on the mechanisms of the HPG axis and neurophysiology of hormones may be reviewed by Integrative and Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction Study Section [ICER], while those that focus on reproductive, cognitive and other behavioral outcomes may be more appropriate for NNRS.

Applications focused on neurobiological processes overlapping with NNRS, but centered on behavioral assays may be reviewed in Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology Study Section [BRLE].

Applications focused on biological rhythms or sleep in Drosophila or C. elegans may be reviewed by Neurodifferentiation, Plasticity, and Regeneration (NDPR) when centered on cellular and molecular processes with limited behavior analysis.

Applications focused on the basic physiology and pathophysiology of glial cells may be reviewed by Cellular and Molecular Biology of Glia (CMBG) if there is little consideration of associated behaviors.

Applications involving molecular and cellular neuroendocrinological processes may be reviewed in Molecular Neuropharmacology and Signaling (MNPS).

Applications focused on sleep in human subjects may be reviewed by Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders (NPAS) or Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health (MESH), while those focused on neuroimmunology in human subjects may be reviewed by

Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumors (CNBT). Human subject applications in these areas may be reviewed by NNRS when primarily focused on basic neurobiological mechanisms.