Neuroendocrinology is the study of how the brain controls hormone levels in the blood and how those hormones can act back to influence brain function.
Formed in 2003, the Centre for Neuroendocrinology (CNE) presently comprises 10 collaborative research groups making it the largest cluster of neuroendocrinologists in the Southern Hemisphere. The CNE is a University of Otago flagship research centre.
Research in the CNE is especially interested in how the brain controls:
To examine these mechanisms, we utilise a wide range of methodologies including molecular biology, genetic manipulation, electrophysiology, optogenetics and cell imaging of various types.
Our purpose-built shared work spaces, laboratories, and resources, facilitate extensive collaboration between the CNE research groups and provide outstanding training opportunities for our students and postdoctoral fellows. By drawing on the academic and technical strengths of each laboratory we produce research of high academic impact and future societal importance.
Please have a look at our individual research groups and our areas of research focus above, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Allan E. Herbison,