By Erin Valentine
Known as the “love hormone,” oxytocin is no love potion number 9. In fact, it is a complex part of our immune system.
“Oxytocin is commonly know as the love, trust or cuddle hormone,” said Erica Schenhals, a research technician at UNC School of Medicine. “It receives much attention in the media and can even be purchased online as a nasal spray.”
On Oct. 8 at 7 pm. at The Fat Frogg, the Tectonic Plates science salon will be featuring Schenhals and her research on oxytocin’s effect on the immune system.
Oxytocin has become a focus of the media, and research at the cellular and clinical levels has been performed extensively.
Tectonic Plates events were started by Dave Gammon in February 2013. There is no entry fee, and the talk is free of technical jargon.
The events are monthly, with speakers ranging from a vice president of LabCorp to an Elon University political science professor.