Dr Anica Klockars

Postdoctoral Fellow

Qualifications: PhD (medicine), Uppsala, Sweden

About Anica

In my research, I study the relationship between brain activity in social deficit disorders and neuroendocrine parameters by using a combination of genetic, molecular, pharmacological and behavioural approaches.

Research Supervised


  • Gartner, Sarah (in progress). The investigation of protein composition in milk formula and its effects on central satiety and reward-related systems.
  • Head, Mitchell (in progress).

MSc (Research)

  • Laloli, Kathryn (2017). Neuroendocrine changes uderlying aberrant food selectivity in rat models of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Mitchell Head (2017). Effect of novel ketamine-analogue R5 on brain
    activation and select behavioural parameters.

Teaching Commitments


Animal Behaviour; Biology; Disabilities; Genetics; Health; Human Behaviour; Molecular Biology; Science

social deficit disorders, food intake

Recent Publications

  • Olszewski, P. K., Klockars, A., & Levine, A. S. (2017). Oxytocin and potential benefits for obesity treatment. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity. doi:10.1097/MED.0000000000000351

  • Klockars, A., Brunton, C., Li, L., Levine, A. S., & Olszewski, P. K. (2017). Intravenous administration of oxytocin in rats acutely decreases deprivation-induced chow intake, but it fails to affect consumption of palatable solutions. Peptides, 93, 13-19. doi:10.1016/j.peptides.2017.04.010

  • Klockars, O. A., Waas, J. R., Klockars, A., Levine, A. S., & Olszewski, P. K. (2017). Neural basis of ventromedial hypothalamic oxytocin-driven decrease in appetite. Neuroscience. doi:10.1016/j.neuroscience.2017.10.008

  • Olszewski, P. K., Klockars, O. A., Klockars, A., & Levine, A. S. (2016). Central oxytocin receptor stimulation attenuates the orexigenic effects of butorphanol tartrate. NeuroReport, 1. doi:10.1097/WNR.0000000000000647

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Contact Details

Room: E.2.14
Phone: +64 7 838 8250