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EDUCATION HISTORY

Ph.D. in Psychology, Divison of Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Dissertation: Autonomic Nervous System Activity and Menopausal Symptoms
  • Advisor: Dr. Pauline Maki

M.A. Psychology, Divison of Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Illinois, Chicago, September 2009.

  • Thesis: Endogenous Oxytocin across the Menstrual Cycle and with Oral Contraceptive Use: Effects on Verbal Memory and Mood
  • Advisor: Dr. Pauline Maki

B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 2005.

  • Thesis:  Sex and Age Effects on the Basolateral Nucleus of the Amygdala.
  • Advisor: Dr. Janice Juraska

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Postdoctoral Scholar; Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Fellow.  University of Calgary. (2014-  Current) Completion of data collection and analysis including the following techniques:

  • Standardized neuropsychological testing assessment
  • Assessment of objective and subjective sleep using questionnaires and Actigraphy
  • Quantification of steroid hormones using mass spectroscopy
  • Quantification of white matter hyperintensity load in the brain from magnetic resonance imaging data
  • Quantification of cortical thickness and white matter structure and microstructure utilizing magnetic resonance imaging data
  • Quantification of blood rheology properties including viscosity, aggregation and deformability

Graduate Research Assistant.  University of Illinois at Chicago.  (2005- 2014)  Completion of  subject recruitment, data collection and analysis including the following techniques:

  • Standardized neuropsychological testing assessment
  • Objective and subjective hot flash analysis
  • Design of psychosocial stress study protocols
  • Assessment of salivary and serum oxytocin, cortisol and vasopressin
  • Assessment of objective and subjective sleep using questionnaires and Actigraphy

Undergraduate Research Assistant.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (2003- 2005)

  • Performed laboratory protocol for handling rats, assisting with animal surgeries, brain sectioning, tissue staining and mounting, collection and analysis of dendritic branching data.

RESEARCH FUNDING

2015 – 2017     Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Postgraduate Fellowship ($165,000) for a project entitled Cortisol Awakening Response in Older Adults Across a 6-month Aerobic Exercise Intervention

2013     Provost’s Award for Graduate Research ($2000) for a project entitled Effects of Sympathetic Autonomic Nervous System Function, Sleep and Menopausal Symptoms on Cognition

 PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  1. Li, G, Sajobi, T.T., Menon, B.K., Korngut, L, Lowerison, M., James, M., Wilton, S.B., Williamson, T., Gill, S.J., Drogos, L.L., Smith, E.E., Vohra, S., Hill, M.D., Thabane, T.; on behalf of 2016 Symposium on Registry-Based Randomized Controlled Trials in Calgary. Registry-based Randomized Controlled Trials: advantages, challenges and areas for future research. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (Accepted 08/08/2016)
  2. Mordecai, K.L., Rubin, L.H., Eatough, E., Sundermann, E., Drogos, L.L., Savarese, A., & Maki, P.M. Cortisol Reactivity and Emotional Memory After Psychosocial Stress in Oral Contraceptive Users. Journal of Neuroscience Research. In Press (Accepted 08/05/2016)
  3. Maki, P.M., Rubin, L.H., Savarese, A. Drogos, L.L., Shulman, L.P. Banuvar, S., Walega, D.R. (2016) Effects of Stellate Ganglion Blockade on Memory Performance in Midlife Women. Maturitas. (Accepted 07/14/2016).
  4. L. Drogos, S.J. Gill, A.V. Tyndall., J. Raneri, J. Parboosingh, A. Naef, K.S. Guild, G. Eskes, P. Hanly, M.J. Poulin. (2016) Evidence of an association between Sleep Quality and ApoE genotype in a population of healthy older adults: A Pilot Study. Neurology. (Accepted 07/05/2016).
  5. Rubin, L.H., Yao, L., Keedy, S.K., Reilly, J.L., Bishop, J.R., Carter, C.S., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Drogos, L., Tamminga, C.A., Pearlson, G.D., Keshavan, M.S., Clementz, B.A., Hill, S.K., Liao, W., Ji, G., Lui, S., & Sweeney, J.A. (2016) Sex differences in associations of arginine vasopressin and oxytocin with resting state functional brain connectivity. Journal of Neuroscience Research. (accepted 06/13/2016).
  6. Rubin, L.H.**, Connelly, J.J**., Reilly, J.L., Carter, C.S., Drogos, L.L., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Ruocco, A.C., Keedy, S.K., Matthew, I., Tandon, N., Pearlson, G.D., Clementz, B.A., Tamminga, C.A., Gershon, E.S., Keshavan, M.S., Bishop, J.R., Sweeney, J.A. (2016). Sex and diagnosis specific associations between DNA methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene with emotion processing and temporal-limbic and prefrontal brain volumes in psychotic disorders. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, Mar; 1(2) 141-151. (**equally contributing first authors).
  7. Ishigami, Y., Eskes, G., Tyndall, A.V, Longman, S.R., Drogos, L.L., Poulin, M.J. (2016) Attention Network Test-Interaction (ANT-I): Reliability and Validity in Healthy Older Adults. Experimental Brain Research, Mar; 234(3): 815-827.
  8. Jackson, P.A., Pialoux, V., Corbett, D., Drogos, L., Erickson, K. I., Eskes, G.A. & Poulin, M.J. (2016) Promoting brain health through exercise and diet in older adults: a physiological perspective. The Journal of Physiology.  doi:10.1113/JP271270
  9. J. Gill, C.M. Friedenreich, T.T. Sajobi, R.S. Longman, L.L. Drogos, M.H. Davenport, A.V. Tyndall, D.B. Hogan, M.D. Hill, B.J. Wilson, T. Anderson & M.J. Poulin. (2015) Association between Lifetime Physical Activity and Cognitive Functioning in Older Community Dwelling Adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Nov; 10; 816-830.
  10. Maki, P.M., Rubin, L.H., Mordecai, K.L., Sundermann, E., Savarese, A., Eatough, E. & Drogos, L.L. (2015) Menstrual Cycle Effects on Cortisol Responsivity and Emotional Retrieval Following a Psychosocial Stressor. Hormones and Behavior, Aug; 74: 201-208.
  11. Rubin, L.H., Carter, C.S., Drogos, L.L., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Sweeney, J.A., & Maki, P.M. (2015) Effects of sex, menstrual cycle phase, and endogenous hormones on cognition in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, Aug;166(1-3):269-75.
  12. Rubin, L.H., Carter, C.S., Bishop, J.R., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Drogos, L.L., Hill, S.K., Ruocco, A.C., Keedy, S.K., Reilly, J.L., Keshavan, M.S., Pearlson, G.D., Tamminga, C.A., Gershon, E.S., & Sweeney, J.A. (2014) Reduced levels of vasopressin and reduced behavioral modulation of oxytocin in psychotic disorders.  Schizophrenia Bulletin, Nov;40(6):1374-84.
  13. Drogos, L. L., Rubin, L. H., Geller, S. E., Banuvar, S., Shulman, L. P., & Maki, P. M. (2013). Objective cognitive performance is related to subjective memory complaints in midlife women with moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms. Menopause, 20(12), 1236-1242.
  14. Rubin, L.H., Carter, C.S., Drogos, L., Jamadar, R., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H.P., Sweeney, J.A., & Maki, P.M. (2011). Sex-specific associations between peripheral oxytocin and emotion perception in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, Aug;130(1-3):266-70.
  15. Article quoted in “Scientists Probe Oxytocin Therapy for Social Deficits in Autism, Schizophrenia” (JAMA. 2011;305(7):659-661). See: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/7/659.full
  16. Rubin, L.H., Carter, S.C., Drogos, L., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Sweeney, J.A., & Maki, P.M. (2010). Peripheral oxytocin is associated with reduced symptom severity in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, Dec;124(1-3):13-21.
  17. Maki, P. M., Rubin, L. H., Fornelli, D., Drogos, L., Banuvar, S., Shulman, L. P., et al. (2009). Effects of botanicals and combined hormone therapy on cognition in postmenopausal women. Menopause, 16(6), 1167-1177.
  18. J. Rubinow, L.L. Drogos, J.M. Juraska. (2009). Age related dendritic hypertrophy and sexual dimorphism in rat basolateral amygdala. Neurobiology of Aging, 30(1), 137-46.
  19. Maki, P. M., Drogos, L. L., Rubin, L. H., Banuvar, S., Shulman, L. P., & Geller, S. E. (2008). Objective hot flashes are negatively related to verbal memory performance in midlife women. Menopause, 15(5), 848-856.

 BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Drogos, L.L, Geller, S., Maki, P.M. (2008) Soy and Cognition in the Aging Population. In R. Watson. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Botanical Therapies to Promote Health in the Aged. Elsevier, Kidlington UK.
  1. Maki, P.M., Drogos L, and Geller, S.G. (2007) Botanicals and cognitive function. In Watson R and Preedy V. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine in Clinical Practice. CABI publishing, Wallingford UK.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2016     Conference on Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation Trainee Travel Award ($350) Meeting in Banff, Alberta for three abstracts focused on Brain in Motion Study data including, genetics and sleep, statistical methods of measuring practice effects and cognitive activity in aging.

2016     Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Fellowship Annual Institute was held June 20 – July 1, 2016 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The fellowship covered course tuition, course materials and room and board for a two week intensive course covering the topics of Brain Circuits in Behavior and Cognition and The Stressed Brain.

2014     Trainee Travel Award for North American Menopause Society ($2000) Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. for a project entitled Do Vasomotor Symptoms Shift the Autonomic Nervous System to “Fight or Flight” Mode?

2014     Top Abstract 2014 North American Menopause Society Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. for a project entitled ‘Do Vasomotor Symptoms Shift the Autonomic Nervous System to “Fight or Flight” Mode?’

2014     Postdoctoral Recruitment Program Award ($700) for recruitment visit to the lab of Dr. Marc Poulin at the University of Calgary.

2014     Graduate Student Council Travel Award ($200) for poster presented at the 24th annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society.

2013     Graduate College Student Travel Award ($275) for poster presented at the 24th annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society.

2013     Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) What an “X” Makes Conference Top Poster Award ($500) for project entitled A Comparison of Objective and Subjective Measures of Hot Flash Frequency in Midlife Women and Men Undergoing GnRH Analog Therapy

2012     Top Graduate Poster at UIC Student Research Forum ($300) for a project entitled Objective Hot Flashes Negatively Related to Spatial Ability in Men with Prostate Cancer Undergoing Androgen Deprivation

2011     Graduate College Student Travel Award ($275) for poster presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society.

2011     Graduate Student Council Travel Award ($200) for poster presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society.

2011     Top Abstract 2011 North American Menopause Society Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. for a project entitled Circadian Rhythm of Hot Flashes in Symptomatic Postmenopausal Women and Men Undergoing GnRH Analog Therapy

2010     Graduate College Student Travel Award ($275) for poster presented at the 21st annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society.

 2009     Ob. Gyn. News Article covering 2009 poster presentation at 20th annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society

2006     Top Clinical Poster at the North American Menopause Society Conference ($1000) for a project entitled Objectively Determined Hot Flashes: Evidence of Underreporting by Women and Negative Associations with Memory

2006     North American Menopause Society New Investigator Award ($2000) This award recognizes the outstanding abstract submissions of four investigators who have achieved their degree within the past seven years.

2003- 2005  University of Illinois Psychology Department Honors Program under the mentorship of Dr. Janice Juraska for a project entitled Sex and Age Effects on the Basolateral Nucleus of the Amygdala

INVITED TALKS

  1. Drogos, L.L. (October 28, 2016) Cognition and Aging. Perspectives in Exercise, Health & Fitness: 2016 Conference, Kananaskis, AB.
  2. Drogos, L.L. (October, 2016) Cognitive Decline, Sleep and Aging: A question of the Chicken or the Egg. Campus Alberta Neuroscience 5th Annual Symposium, Edmonton, AB.
  3. Drogos, L.L., Wynne-Edwards, Zhou, R., Hall, S. Duncan, C., Poulin, M.J. (November, 2016) Positive effect of aerobic exercise on the cortisol awakening response in healthy older adults: Results from the Brain in Motion Study. Session No. 284. 2016 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2016.
  4.  Drogos, L.L. (July, 2016). Effects of an Aerobic Intervention on Sleep Complaints and Objective Sleep Characteristics in Older Adults. Physiology 2016 Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ireland.
  5. Drogos, L.L., Rubin, L.H.,& Maki, P.M. Do Vasomotor Symptoms Shift the Autonomic Nervous System to “Fight or Flight” Mode? (October, 2014) Oral presentation accepted to the 25th annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society, Washington D.C.
  6. Drogos, L.L. (February, 2014). Inter-relationships between Autonomic Nervous System Activity, Menopausal Symptoms and Cognition. Special Seminar at the University of Calgary.
  7. Drogos, L.L. (March, 2013). Inter-relationships between Autonomic Nervous System Activity, Menopausal Symptoms and Cognition. Special Seminar at the University of Toronto.
  8. Drogos, R. Jamadar, S. Geller, L.P. Shulman, S. Banuvar, D. Welega & P.M. Maki (September 23, 2011) Circadian Rhythm of Hot Flashes in Symptomatic Postmenopausal Women and Men Undergoing GnRH Analog Therapy. North American Menopausal Society 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
  9. Rubin, L.H., Carter, C.S., Drogos, L., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H.P., Sweeney, J.A., & Maki, P.M. (November 2010). Oxytocin is associated with positive emotion perception in women with and without schizophrenia. BIRCWH Scholars Meeting. Washington, DC.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2010- 2014  Section Lecturer, Biology of the Brain, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2012     Graduate Teaching Assistant, Neuroanatomy, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2008- 2009  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Physiological Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 2007- 2008  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

 STUDENT MENTEES

  • Samantha Hall (2014 – 2016) Primary postgraduate mentor on honors thesis project, investigating the effects of lifetime and current physical activity on cortisol awakening response in healthy older adults.
    • 2015 Winner of Program for Undergraduate Research Experience Award Summer Research Fellowship
  • Andrew Panteluk (2015) Primary mentor and supervisor of high school student working on a project entitled “The Effect of Age and Education on Measures of Creative Thinking”
    • 2015 Participant in the Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) Program.
  • Aileen Naef (2014 –  2015) Primary postgraduate mentor on a honors thesis project entitled “Concordance between Subjective and Objective Sleep Quality in Healthy Older Adults
  • Catherine Duncan (2014 –  2016) Primary postgraduate mentor on honors thesis project entitled “Effects of a 6-month Aerobic Exercise Program on Unstimulated Cortisol Levels in Older Adults”
  • Lacey Wisslead, B.S. (2009 –  2013) Primary gradate mentor on a project entitled “Effects of Oral Contraceptive Use on Heart Rate Variability during Laboratory Induced Stress”
    • 2011 Winner of Caterpillar and Kabbes undergraduate excellence funds
    • 2011 Endocrine Society Summer Research Fellowship
  •  Rhoda Jamadar, B.S. (2007- 2012) Primary gradate mentor on a project entitled “Hot Flashes and Memory in Men undergoing GnRH Analog Therapy for Prostate Cancer”
    • Winner of Caterpillar and Kabbes undergraduate excellence funds
    • 2010 Hodgkin and Huxley Neuroscience Award

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • Future of Research Canada – Lead Organizer
  • Alberta Dementia Strategy – Public Awareness Working Group Committee Member
  • Postdoctoral Representative to Hotchkiss Brain Institute Education Committee
  • Director of Communications to the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary
  • Volunteer Poster Judge at Annual Hotchkiss Brain Institute Summer Student Symposium (2014 & 2015)
  • Volunteer at University of Illinois Brain Bee
  • Volunteer at the University of Calgary Brain Bee
  • Ad-Hoc Reviewer
    • American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
    • Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology
    • Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
    • Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
    • Neuroscience
    • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Article Co-Reviews
    • Brain and Cognition
    • Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
    • Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
    • Menopause
    • Neuroscience
    • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
    • Psychoneuroendocrinology
    • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS

  1. Society for Neuroscience (2008-present) – Postdoctoral Member
  2. International Psychoneuroendocrinology Society (2009 – present) – Trainee Member
  3. North American Menopausal Society (2015 – present) – Associate Member 
  4. American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016- present) – Postdoctoral Member

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

  1. Neuropsychological Testing
  2. Collection and analysis of skin conductance data from an objective hot flash monitor (Biolog Model 3991x/2-HFI)
    1. Training multiple research labs on this method of data collection and analysis
  3. Collection and analysis of heart rate variability data (Biolog Model 3991x/2-HFI)
    1. Data cleaning utilizing CardioEdit
    2. Data analysis utilizing CardioBatch
  4. Collection and analysis of actigraphy sleep data (Actiwatch Score, Actiwatch 2 and Actiwatch Spectrum, Minimiter)
  5. Completing enzyme linked immunoassays; oxytocin, vasopressin, DHEA and cortisol.
  6. Collection and analysis of salivary samples for steroid hormones using mass spectrometry.
  7. Analysis of structural brain magnetic resonance images using the FreeSurfer software package.
  8. Analysis of white mater hyperintensities using Quantomo software.
  9. Analysis of diffusion weighted MR images using FSL software package.
  10. Analysis of whole blood viscosity and aggregation using the Brookfield Viscometer DV2T and Laser Optical Rotational Red Cell Analyzer (LORRCA) MaxSis.