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Shaping the Future

Lynn Fairbanks

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Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Faculty, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics


Detailed Biography:

Dr. Lynn Fairbanks has been director of the Center for Primate Neuroethology and director of the Vervet Research Colony since 2000. She is a member of the board of directors and chair of the research committee for the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development and serves as a statistical consultant for the UCLA Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Dr. Fairbanks received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Washington in 1974, with a specialty in animal behavior. She came to UCLA as a research psychologist in 1975, and joined the faculty as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in 2000. Nationally she has served on the editorial board of several prestigious journals in animal behavior (Animal Behaviour, Behaviour, American Journal of Primatology), and as reviewer for NIH, NSF, Leakey Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and for numerous journals in the field of biobehavioral development.
As director of the vervet research colony, Dr. Fairbanks has initiated a program of research to develop the vervet monkey and the Vervet Research Colony (VRC) pedigree as a resource for biobehavioral and biomedical research. The vervets at the VRC are housed in large multigenerational matrilineal social groups that allow the development of individual differences in biobehavioral traits within the context of normal social development. In her current research, Dr. Fairbanks is combining her long-term interest in the development of individual differences with the newly constructed genetics resources of the VRC to identify genetic, maternal and neurobiological contributions to variation in traits related to vulnerability for psychopathology. Toward this aim, Dr. Fairbanks has established collaborations with colleagues in cognition, neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, pharmacology and genetics, and has developed standardized behavioral methods to characterize individual differences in large numbers of socially living monkeys. The long-term goal of this research program is to provide new insights into developmental and genetic contributions to traits such as impulsivity, anxiety, sociability and aggressiveness that influence the quality of life and create risk for psychopathology in people.

Publications:

Jasinska Anna J, Lin Michelle K, Service Susan, Choi Oi-Wa, Deyoung Joseph, Grujic Olivera, Kong Sit-Yee, Jung Yoon, Jorgensen Mathew J, Fairbanks Lynn A, Turner Trudy, Cantor Rita M, Wasserscheid Jessica, Dewar Ken, Warren Wesley, Wilson Richard K, Weinstock George, Jentsch J David, Freimer Nelson B   A non-human primate system for large-scale genetic studies of complex traits Human molecular genetics, 2012; .
Laudenslager Mark L, Jorgensen Matthew J, Fairbanks Lynn A   Developmental patterns of hair cortisol in male and female nonhuman primates: Lower hair cortisol levels in vervet males emerge at puberty Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2012; .
Fairbanks Lynn A, Jorgensen Matthew J, Bailey Julia N, Breidenthal Sherry E, Grzywa Rachel, Laudenslager Mark L   Heritability and genetic correlation of hair cortisol in vervet monkeys in low and higher stress environments Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2011; 36(8): 1201-8.
Laudenslager Mark L, Jorgensen Matthew J, Grzywa Rachel, Fairbanks Lynn A   A novelty seeking phenotype is related to chronic hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity reflected by hair cortisol Physiology & behavior, 2011; 104(2): 291-5.
Klimentidis Yann C, Beasley T Mark, Lin Hui-Yi, Murati Giulianna, Glass Gregory E, Guyton Marcus, Newton Wendy, Jorgensen Matthew, Heymsfield Steven B, Kemnitz Joseph, Fairbanks Lynn, Allison David B   Canaries in the coal mine: a cross-species analysis of the plurality of obesity epidemics Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 2011; 278(1712): 1626-32.
Woods Roger P, Fears Scott C, Jorgensen Matthew J, Fairbanks Lynn A, Toga Arthur W, Freimer Nelson B   A web-based brain atlas of the vervet monkey, Chlorocebus aethiops NeuroImage, 2011; 54(3): 1872-80.
Fears Scott C, Scheibel Kevin, Abaryan Zvart, Lee Chris, Service Susan K, Jorgensen Matthew J, Fairbanks Lynn A, Cantor Rita M, Freimer Nelson B, Woods Roger P   Anatomic brain asymmetry in vervet monkeys PloS one, 2011; 6(12): e28243.
Fairbanks Lynn A, Blau Karin, Jorgensen Matthew J   High-fiber diet promotes weight loss and affects maternal behavior in vervet monkeys American journal of primatology, 2010; 72(3): 234-41.
Jasinska Anna J, Service Susan, Choi Oi-wa, DeYoung Joseph, Grujic Olivera, Kong Sit-yee, Jorgensen Matthew J, Bailey Julia, Breidenthal Sherry, Fairbanks Lynn A, Woods Roger P, Jentsch J David, Freimer Nelson B   Identification of brain transcriptional variation reproduced in peripheral blood: an approach for mapping brain expression traits Human molecular genetics, 2009; 18(22): 4415-27.
Fears Scott C, Melega William P, Service Susan K, Lee Chris, Chen Kelly, Tu Zhuowen, Jorgensen Matthew J, Fairbanks Lynn A, Cantor Rita M, Freimer Nelson B, Woods Roger P   Identifying heritable brain phenotypes in an extended pedigree of vervet monkeys The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2009; 29(9): 2867-75.
Melega William P, Jorgensen Matthew J, Laćan Goran, Way Baldwin M, Pham Jamie, Morton Grenvill, Cho Arthur K, Fairbanks Lynn A   Long-term methamphetamine administration in the vervet monkey models aspects of a human exposure: brain neurotoxicity and behavioral profiles Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2008; 33(6): 1441-52.
James Alex S, Groman Stephanie M, Seu Emanuele, Jorgensen Matthew, Fairbanks Lynn A, Jentsch J David   Dimensions of impulsivity are associated with poor spatial working memory performance in monkeys The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2007; 27(52): 14358-64.
Freimer Nelson B, Service Susan K, Ophoff Roel A, Jasinska Anna J, McKee Kevin, Villeneuve Amelie, Belisle Alexandre, Bailey Julia N, Breidenthal Sherry E, Jorgensen Matthew J, Mann J John, Cantor Rita M, Dewar Ken, Fairbanks Lynn A   A quantitative trait locus for variation in dopamine metabolism mapped in a primate model using reference sequences from related species Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2007; 104(40): 15811-6.
Kavanagh Kylie, Fairbanks Lynn A, Bailey Julia N, Jorgensen Matthew J, Wilson Martha, Zhang Li, Rudel Lawrence L, Wagner Janice D   Characterization and heritability of obesity and associated risk factors in vervet monkeys Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 2007; 15(7): 1666-74.
Jasinska Anna J, Service Susan, Levinson Matthew, Slaten Erin, Lee Oliver, Sobel Eric, Fairbanks Lynn A, Bailey Julia N, Jorgensen Matthew J, Breidenthal Sherry E, Dewar Ken, Hudson Thomas J, Palmour Roberta, Freimer Nelson B, Ophoff Roel A   A genetic linkage map of the vervet monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus) Mammalian genome : official journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society, 2007; 18(5): 347-60.
Rasgon Natalie L, Dunkin Jennifer, Fairbanks Lynn, Altshuler Lori L, Troung Co, Elman Shana, Wroolie Tonita E, Brunhuber Martina V, Rapkin Andrea   Estrogen and response to sertraline in postmenopausal women with major depressive disorder: a pilot study Journal of psychiatric research, 2007; 41(3-4): 338-43.
Ringman John M, Rodriguez Yaneth, Diaz-Olavarrieta Claudia, Chavez Mireya, Thompson Michael, Fairbanks Lynn, Paz Francisco, Varpetian Arousiak, Chaparro Hector, Macias-Islas Miguel Angel, Murrell Jill, Ghetti Bernardino, Kawas Claudia   Performance on MMSE sub-items and education level in presenilin-1 mutation carriers without dementia International psychogeriatrics / IPA, 2007; 19(2): 323-32.
Marshall Gad A, Fairbanks Lynn A, Tekin Sibel, Vinters Harry V, Cummings Jeffrey L   Early-onset Alzheimer's disease is associated with greater pathologic burden Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology, 2007; 20(1): 29-33.
Marshall Gad A, Fairbanks Lynn A, Tekin Sibel, Vinters Harry V, Cummings Jeffrey L   Neuropathologic correlates of activities of daily living in Alzheimer disease Alzheimer disease and associated disorders, 2007; 20(1): 56-9.
Bailey Julia N, Breidenthal Sherry E, Jorgensen Matthew J, McCracken James T, Fairbanks Lynn A   The association of DRD4 and novelty seeking is found in a nonhuman primate model Psychiatric genetics, 2007; 17(1): 23-7.
Capitanio John P, Kyes Randall C, Fairbanks Lynn A   Considerations in the selection and conditioning of Old World monkeys for laboratory research: animals from domestic sources ILAR journal / National Research Council, Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, 2006; 47(4): 294-306.
Marshall Gad A, Fairbanks Lynn A, Tekin Sibel, Vinters Harry V, Cummings Jeffrey L   Neuropathologic correlates of apathy in Alzheimer's disease Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders, 2006; 21(3): 144-7.
Shin Il-Seon, Carter Michele, Masterman Donna, Fairbanks Lynn, Cummings Jeffrey L   Neuropsychiatric symptoms and quality of life in Alzheimer disease The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2005; 13(6): 469-74.
Rasgon Natalie L, Altshuler Lori L, Fairbanks Lynn, Elman Shana, Bitran Jose, Labarca Rodrigo, Saad Mohammed, Kupka Ralph, Nolen Willem A, Frye Mark A, Suppes Trisha, McElroy Susan L, Keck Paul E, Leverich Gabriele, Grunze Heinz, Walden Joerg, Post Robert, Mintz Jim   Reproductive function and risk for PCOS in women treated for bipolar disorder Bipolar disorders, 2005; 7(3): 246-59.
Lawson Gregory W, Sato Akiko, Fairbanks Lynn A, Lawson P Timothy   Vitamin E as a treatment for ulcerative dermatitis in C57BL/6 mice and strains with a C57BL/6 background Contemporary topics in laboratory animal science / American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 2005; 44(3): 18-21.
Sato Akiko, Fairbanks Lynn A, Lawson Timothy, Lawson Gregory W   Effects of age and sex on hematologic and serum biochemical values of vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus) Contemporary topics in laboratory animal science / American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, 2005; 44(1): 29-34.
Bauer Michael, Fairbanks Lynn, Berghöfer Anne, Hierholzer Johannes, Bschor Tom, Baethge Christopher, Rasgon Natalie, Sasse Johanna, Whybrow Peter C   Bone mineral density during maintenance treatment with supraphysiological doses of levothyroxine in affective disorders: a longitudinal study Journal of affective disorders, 2004; 83(2-3): 183-90.
Fairbanks Lynn A, Jorgensen Matthew J, Huff Adriana, Blau Karin, Hung Yung-Yu, Mann J John   Adolescent impulsivity predicts adult dominance attainment in male vervet monkeys American journal of primatology, 2004; 64(1): 1-17.
Gitlin Michael, Altshuler Lori L, Frye Mark A, Suri Rita, Huynh Emily L, Fairbanks Lynn, Bauer Michael, Korenman Stanley   Peripheral thyroid hormones and response to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience : JPN, 2004; 29(5): 383-6.
Fairbanks Lynn A, Newman Timothy K, Bailey Julia N, Jorgensen Matthew J, Breidenthal Sherry E, Ophoff Roel A, Comuzzie Anthony G, Martin Lisa J, Rogers Jeffrey   Genetic contributions to social impulsivity and aggressiveness in vervet monkeys Biological psychiatry, 2004; 55(6): 642-7.
Hwang Tzung J, Masterman Donna L, Ortiz Freddy, Fairbanks Lynn A, Cummings Jeffrey L   Mild cognitive impairment is associated with characteristic neuropsychiatric symptoms Alzheimer disease and associated disorders, 2004; 18(1): 17-21.
Manuck Stephen B, Kaplan Jay R, Rymeski Beth A, Fairbanks Lynn A, Wilson Mark E   Approach to a social stranger is associated with low central nervous system serotonergic responsivity in female cynomolgus monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) American journal of primatology, 2003; 61(4): 187-94.
Goenjian Armen K, Pynoos Robert S, Steinberg Alan M, Endres David, Abraham Khachik, Geffner Mitchell E, Fairbanks Lynn A   Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity among Armenian adolescents with PTSD symptoms Journal of traumatic stress, 2003; 16(4): 319-23.
Porter Verna R, Buxton William G, Fairbanks Lynn A, Strickland Tony, O'Connor Susan M, Rosenberg-Thompson Susan, Cummings Jeffrey L   Frequency and characteristics of anxiety among patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences, 2003; 15(2): 180-6.
Gitlin Michael, Boerlin Harold, Fairbanks Lynn, Hammen Connie   The effect of previous mood states on switch rates: a naturalistic study Bipolar disorders, 2003; 5(2): 150-2.
Binesh Nader, Yue Kenneth, Fairbanks Lynn, Thomas M Albert   Reproducibility of localized 2D correlated MR spectroscopy Magnetic resonance in medicine : official journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine / Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2002; 48(6): 942-8.
Miller Karen J, Conney Janet C, Rasgon Natalie L, Fairbanks Lynn A, Small Gary W   Mood symptoms and cognitive performance in women estrogen users and nonusers and men Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2002; 50(11): 1826-30.
Back-Madruga Carla, Boone Kyle Brauer, Briere John, Cummings Jeffrey, McPherson Susan, Fairbanks Lynn, Thompson Elizabeth   Functional ability in executive variant Alzheimer's disease and typical Alzheimer's disease The Clinical neuropsychologist, 2002; 16(3): 331-40.
Ringman John M, Diaz-Olavarrieta Claudia, Rodriguez Yaneth, Fairbanks Lynn, Cummings Jeffrey L   The prevalence and correlates of neuropsychiatric symptoms in a population with Parkinson's disease in Mexico Neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and behavioral neurology, 2002; 15(2): 99-105.
Newman Timothy K, Fairbanks Lynn A, Pollack Deborah, Rogers Jeffrey   Effectiveness of human microsatellite loci for assessing paternity in a captive colony of vervets (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus) American journal of primatology, 2002; 56(4): 237-43.
McPherson Susan, Fairbanks Lynn, Tiken Sibel, Cummings Jeffrey L, Back-Madruga Carla   Apathy and executive function in Alzheimer's disease Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS, 2002; 8(3): 373-81.
Gitlin Michael J, Suri Rita, Altshuler Lori, Zuckerbrow-Miller Joni, Fairbanks Lynn   Bupropion-sustained release as a treatment for SSRI-induced sexual side effects Journal of sex & marital therapy, 2002; 28(2): 131-8.
Rasgon Natalie L, Altshuler Lori L, Fairbanks Lynn A, Dunkin Jennifer J, Davtyan Camelia, Elman Shana, Rapkin Andrea J   Estrogen replacement therapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder in perimenopausal women The Journal of clinical psychiatry, 2002; 63 Suppl 7(2): 45-8.
Cummings Jeffrey L., Fairbanks Lynn, Masterman Donna L.   Strategies for analysing behavioural data in clinical trials involving patients with Alzheimer's disease The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology / official scientific journal of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP), 1999; 2(1): 59-66.
Baxter Lewis R., Roy-Byrne Peter, Liston Edward H., Fairbanks Lynn   Informing Patients About Electroconvulsive Therapy: Effects of a Videotape Presentation Convulsive therapy, 1986; 2(1): 25-29.
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