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Dr Rachel Sizemore

PositionAssistant Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBSc MSc PhD (Otago)
Research summaryBasal ganglia research

Research

A postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr Louise-Parr-Bronwlie characterising the GABAergic synapses from the substantia nigra to the ventral anterior thalamus using lentiviral vectors, immunohistochemitry and electron microscopy in healthy and Parkinsonian brains. Her particular interests lie in investigating the structure and function of neural circuits in normal and diseased brains, with emphasis on immunocytochemistry and ultrastructural mapping techniques. Rachel is a member of Te Poutama and is a member on the OSMS Maori Strategic Framework committee.

Publications

Sizemore, R. J., Zhang, R., Lin, N., Goddard, L., Wastney, T. B., Parr-Brownlie, L. C., Reynolds, J. N. J., & Oorschot, D. E. (2016). Marked differences in the number and type of synapses innervating the somata and primary dendrites of midbrain dopaminergic neurons, striatal cholinergic interneurons and striatal spiny projection neurons in the rat. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524(5), 1062-1080. doi: 10.1002/cne.23891

Sizemore, R. J., Seeger-Armbruster, S., Hughes, S. M., & Parr-Brownlie, L. C. (2016). Viral vector-based tools advance knowledge of basal ganglia anatomy and physiology. Journal of Neurophysiology, 115, 2124-2146. doi: 10.1152/jn.01131.2015

Parr-Brownlie, L. C., Bosch-Bouju, C., Schoderboeck, L., Sizemore, R. J., Abraham, W. C., & Hughes, S. M. (2015). Lentiviral vectors as tools to understand central nervous system biology in mammalian model organisms. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, 8, 14. doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2015.00014

Cameron, S. H., Alwakeel, A. J., Goddard, L., Hobbs, C. E., Gowing, E. K., Barnett, E. R., Kohe, S. E., Sizemore, R. J., & Oorschot, D. E. (2015). Delayed post-treatment with bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells is neurorestorative of striatal medium-spiny projection neurons and improves motor function after neonatal rat hypoxia-ischemia. Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience, 68, 56-72. doi: 10.1016/j.mcn.2015.03.019

Sizemore, R. J., Reynolds, J. N. J., & Oorschot, D. E. (2010). Number and type of synapses on the distal dendrite of a rat striatal cholinergic interneuron: A quantitative, ultrastructural study. Journal of Anatomy, 217, 223-235. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2010.01264.x

Journal - Research Article

Sizemore, R. J., Zhang, R., Lin, N., Goddard, L., Wastney, T. B., Parr-Brownlie, L. C., Reynolds, J. N. J., & Oorschot, D. E. (2016). Marked differences in the number and type of synapses innervating the somata and primary dendrites of midbrain dopaminergic neurons, striatal cholinergic interneurons and striatal spiny projection neurons in the rat. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 524(5), 1062-1080. doi: 10.1002/cne.23891

Sizemore, R. J., Seeger-Armbruster, S., Hughes, S. M., & Parr-Brownlie, L. C. (2016). Viral vector-based tools advance knowledge of basal ganglia anatomy and physiology. Journal of Neurophysiology, 115, 2124-2146. doi: 10.1152/jn.01131.2015

Parr-Brownlie, L. C., Bosch-Bouju, C., Schoderboeck, L., Sizemore, R. J., Abraham, W. C., & Hughes, S. M. (2015). Lentiviral vectors as tools to understand central nervous system biology in mammalian model organisms. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, 8, 14. doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2015.00014

Cameron, S. H., Alwakeel, A. J., Goddard, L., Hobbs, C. E., Gowing, E. K., Barnett, E. R., Kohe, S. E., Sizemore, R. J., & Oorschot, D. E. (2015). Delayed post-treatment with bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells is neurorestorative of striatal medium-spiny projection neurons and improves motor function after neonatal rat hypoxia-ischemia. Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience, 68, 56-72. doi: 10.1016/j.mcn.2015.03.019

Sizemore, R. J., Reynolds, J. N. J., & Oorschot, D. E. (2010). Number and type of synapses on the distal dendrite of a rat striatal cholinergic interneuron: A quantitative, ultrastructural study. Journal of Anatomy, 217, 223-235. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2010.01264.x

Glynn, D., Sizemore, R. J., & Morton, A. J. (2007). Early motor development is abnormal in complexin 1 knockout mice. Neurobiology of Disease, 25, 483-495. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2006.10.011

Sizemore, R. J., Hurst, P. R., & McLeod, B. J. (2004). Effect of steroid hormones on tissue remodelling and progesterone receptors in the uterus of seasonally anoestrous brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula). Reproduction, 127, 255-264.

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