After a quick historical overview, he detailed out the pivotal role of the hypothalamus in achieving homeostasis in 5 key areas:
- Blood pressure and ECF osmolality
- Body temperature
- Energy metabolism
- Response to stress
He went over the anatomy of the various hypothalamic nuclei and their afferents and efferents. He went on to explain with great detail and specificity the mechanisms by which the hypothalamus earns its name as the central autonomic player.
A query was posed regarding the physiological changes during dehydration and the response mechanisms. This was answered with considerable detail.
A comprehensive seminar that was well articulated with depth and confidence and was much appreciated by the audience.