Mary Lou Voytko, Ph.D.Wake Forest School of Medicine

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Education & Training

  • B.S., Baldwin-Wallace College, 1979
  • Ph.D., Health Science Ctr of Syracuse, 1985
  • Fellowship, SUNY School of Medicine-Syracu, 1987
  • Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University Schoo, 1989


  • Am Aging Assn
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Soc for Exec Lead in Acad Med
  • Foundation For Biomedical Rese
  • Intl Brain Research Organizati
Mary Lou Voytko, Ph.D.

Mary Lou Voytko, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomy
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Sticht Center on Aging
Center for Comparative Medicine Research
Pathology-Comparative Medicine
Translational Science Institute

Research Interests

aging, cognition/learning, nutrition

Contact Information

Academic: 336-713-7174 | Department: 336-713-7174


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Recent Publications

Phillips KA, Bales KL, Capitanio JP, Conley A, Czoty PW, 't Hart BA, Hopkins WD, Hu SL, Miller LA, Nader MA, Nathanielsz PW, Rogers J, Shively CA, Voytko ML. Why primate models matter. Am J Primatol. 2014;76(9):801-827.

Willette AA, Gallagher C, Bendlin BB, McLaren DG, Kastman EK, Canu E, Kosmatka KJ, Field AS, Alexander AL, Colman RJ, Voytko ML, Weindruch RH, Coe CL, Johnson SC. Homocysteine, neural atrophy, and the effect of caloric restriction in rhesus monkeys. Neurobiol Aging. 2012;33(4):670-680.

Willette AA, Bendlin BB, Colman RJ, Kastman EK, Field AS, Alexander AL, Sridharan A, Allison DB, Anderson R, Voytko M-L, Kemnitz JW, Weindruch RH, Johnson SC. Calorie restriction reduces the influence of glucoregulatory dysfunction on regional brain volume in aged rhesus monkeys. Diabetes. 2012;61(5):1036-1042.

Kastman EK, Willette AA, Coe CL, Bendlin BB, Kosmatka KJ, McLaren DG, Xu G, Canu E, Field AS, Alexander AL, Voytko ML, Beasley TM, Colman RJ, Weindruch RH, Johnson SC. A calorie-restricted diet decreases brain iron accumulation and preserves motor performance in old rhesus monkeys. J Neurosci. 2012;32(34):11897-904.

Sridharan A, Willette AA, Bendlin BB, Alexander AL, Coe CL, Voytko ML, Colman RJ, Kemnitz JW, Weindruch RH, Johnson SC. Brain volumetric and microstructural correlates of executive and motor performance in aged rhesus monkeys. Front Aging Neurosci. 2012;4():31.

Voytko ML, Murray RS, Bourland JD, Robbins ME [deceased]. Radiation-induced cognitive impairment in postmenopausal female nonhuman primates [abstract]. In: Abstracts of the International Cognition and Cancer Task Force Conference; 2012 Mar 15-17; Paris (France). 2012;():.

Kastman EK, Willette AA, Coe CL, Bendlin BB, Kosmatka KJ, McLaren DG, Xu G, Canu E, Field AS, Voytko ML, et al. A calorie-restricted diet decreases brain iron accumulation and preserves motor performance in old rhesus monkeys. J Neurosci. 2010;30(23):7940-7947.

Voytko ML, Tinkler GP, Browne C, Tobin JR. Neuroprotective effects of estrogen therapy for cognitive and neurobiological profiles of monkey models of menopause. Am J Primatol. 2009;71(9):794-801.

Voytko ML. Women's cognitive health special edition [editorial]. Age (Dordr). 2009;31(3):189-190.

Voytko ML. Age dependent effects of estrogen on cognitive function in monkey models of menopause [abstract]. Am J Primatol. 2007;69(Suppl 1):73.

Rometo AM, Krajewski SJ, Voytko ML, Rance NE. Hypertrophy and increased kisspeptin gene expression in the hypothalamic infundibular nucleus of postmenopausal women and ovariectomized monkeys. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007;92(7):2744-2750.

Kosoko-Lasaki O, Sonnino RE, Voytko ML. Mentoring for women and underrepresented minority faculty and students: experience at two institutions of higher education. J Natl Med Assoc. 2006;98(9):1449-1459.

Landauer NM, Voytko ML, Kohama S, Neuringer M. Effects of ovarian hormone replacement on working memory and visuospatial attention in aged female monkeys [abstract]. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 2006;2006(Abstr Viewer):.

Rometo AM, Voytko ML, Rance NE. Kisspeptin neurons in the hypothalamic infundibular nucleus: hypertrophy and increased gene expression in postmenopausal women and ovariectomized monkeys [abstract]. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 2006;2006(Abstr Viewer):.

Rosen RF, Levine H III, Pohl J, Preuss TM, Reed M, Tomidokoro Y, Farberg A, Rosene DL, Voytko ML, Lah JJ, et al. Mass spectrometric detection of modified cerebral Abeta peptides in Alzheimer's disease, aged humans, and aged nonhuman primates [abstract]. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 2006;2006(Abstr Viewer):.

Voytko ML. Cognitive testing of estrogen in Macaque monkeys: translational opportunities In: Weinbauer GF, Vogel F, eds. Novel approaches towards primate toxicology. New York: Waxmann;2006: 64-72.

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