The association of reproductive stage with lobular cerebellar network connectivity across female adulthood. Academic Article uri icon


  • Sex-specific differences in the aging cerebellum may be related to hormone changes with menopause. We evaluated the association between reproductive stage and lobular cerebellar network connectivity using data from the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience repository. We used raw structural and resting state neuroimaging data and information regarding age, sex, and menopause-related variables. Crus I and II and Lobules V and VI were our cerebellar seeds of interest. We characterized reproductive stage using the Stages of Reproductive Aging Workshop criteria. Results show that postmenopausal females have lower cerebello-striatal and cerebello-cortical connectivity, particularly in frontal regions, along with lower connectivity within the cerebellum, compared to reproductive females. Postmenopausal females also exhibit greater connectivity in some brain areas as well. Differences begin to emerge across transitional stages of menopause. Further, results reveal sex-specific differences in connectivity between female reproductive groups and age-matched male control groups. This suggests that menopause may be associated with cerebellar network connectivity in aging females, and sex differences in the aging brain may be related to this biological process.

published proceedings

  • Neurobiol Aging

author list (cited authors)

  • Ballard, H. K., Jackson, T. B., Hicks, T. H., & Bernard, J. A.

complete list of authors

  • Ballard, Hannah K||Jackson, T Bryan||Hicks, Tracey H||Bernard, Jessica A

publication date

  • January 1, 2022 11:11 AM