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+64 3 479 7379
Department of Anatomy
BSc(Hons)(W Aust) PhD(Otago)
Research summary
Brain research, hypoxia, stem cells, stereology, connectomics


Brain research, including investigation of the effects of low oxygen levels (hypoxia) during the second trimester, or around birth, on brain development. Investigation of treatments to rescue the hypoxic-injured brain, including researching the restorative potential of adult-sourced stem cells. Mapping of the microcircuitry of the brain (i.e. connectomics) during health, and after injury, using electron microscopy. Three-dimensional anatomical methods used (i.e. stereology), primarily to increase knowledge on the basal ganglia of the brain. Stereological advice provided on request.


Oorschot, D. E., Gowing, E. K., Seo, S., & Kohe, S. E. (2023). Cellular neuroanatomy helps attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Proceedings of the 10th Asia Pacific International Congress of Anatomists (APICA) and the 20th Australian & New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA) Conference: Reconnect, Ka Mua, Ka Muri. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Tomlinson, J. C. L., Zwirner, J., Oorschot, D. E., Morawski, M., Ondruschka, B., Zhang, M., & Hammer, N. (2023). Microstructural analysis on the innervation of the anterior, medial, and lateral human hip capsule: Preliminary evidence on its neuromechanical contribution. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2023.07.009 Journal - Research Article

Kohe, S. E., Gowing, E. K., Seo, S., & Oorschot, D. E. (2023). A novel rat model of ADHD-like hyperactivity/impulsivity after delayed reward has selective loss of dopaminergic neurons in the right ventral tegmental area. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 24, 11252. doi: 10.3390/ijms241411252 Journal - Research Article

Seo, S., Parr-Brownlie, L., Bilkey, D., Hughes, S., & Oorschot, D. (2023, June). Opposite changes in midbrain dopamine microcircuitry in the repeated hypoxic rat model of ADHD-like hyperactivity/impulsivity versus the maternal immune activation rat model of schizophrenia: Potential bases for new therapies. Poster session presented at the International Basal Ganglia Society (IBAGS) XIV Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden. Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Zhou, Y., Richard, S., Batchelor, N. J., Oorschot, D. E., Anderson, G. M., & Pankhurst, M. W. (2022). Anti-Müllerian hormone-mediated preantral follicle atresia is a key determinant of antral follicle count in mice. Human Reproduction, 37(11), 2635-2645. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deac204 Journal - Research Article

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