Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Dr Karl Iremonger is this year’s recipient of the Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal. The University’s early career award recognizes outstanding research performance, including the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and development of innovative technology.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
The hormone prolactin has many functions beyond its originally described role in milk production. Prof Dave Grattan and Dr Rosie Brown have now received funding from the Royal Society Marsden Fund to investigate the role of prolactin in parental behaviour of fathers at the Centre for Neuroendocrinology.
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Each year the Centre for Neuroendocrinology awards the CNE PhD Prize to an outstanding PhD student. This year, in a very tight competition, Kaj Kamstra won the prize for his work on the hormone leptin in zebrafish and how it controls metabolism.
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Shivani Sethi just won the 2019 PhD student speaker prize of the Otago Medical School Research Society for her work on understanding how the brain controls the autonomous nervous system driving the heart in diabetes.
Monday, 9 September 2019
A huge delegation of CNE members attended this year's Queenstown Research Week to present their research at the HNNA Symposium and Medical Sciences Congress. The high quality of the work resulted in 6 awards being won.
Friday, 5 July 2019
Dr Karl Iremonger is interested in the brain circuits that regulate stress. Together with Prof Dave Grattan (Associate Investigator) he has now received funding from the New Zealand Health Research Council to investigate the neuronal mechanisms that control the changes in behaviour and stress levels during pregnancy and early motherhood over a period of 3 years.
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
PhD student Bradley Jamieson won the award for best oral presentation at the Brain Health Research Centre (BHRC) Symposium 2019 for his work on the regulation of fertility by the brain’s clock. Shivani Sethi took home the trophy for the best poster presentation of her PhD work on the brain networks that are involved in altered autonomous nervous system activity in diabetes.
Thursday, 30 May 2019
Kaj Kamstra just won a prize for his 3-minute presentation about his PhD work with zebrafish at the Postgraduate Symposium of the School of Biomedical Sciences.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Eleni Hackwell from the Grattan Lab has been awarded a prize for the report on her summer research project on lactational infertility.
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Drs Kristina Smiley and Teodora Georgescu have been awarded project support grants from the British Society for Neuroendocrinology to help in their research on the hormone prolactin.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Dr Richard Piet is one of the recent researchers to become a principal investigator in the Centre for Neuroendocrinology. “My research focuses on the neurophysiological regulation of the circadian clock,” Richard says, “and how that rhythm might impact reproduction.”
Monday, 4 February 2019
Associate Professor Christine Jasoni is a developmental biologist focused on understanding the developing brain and particularly how early life challenges affect the shaping of the brain.
Friday, 4 January 2019
The work of Dr Karl Iremonger’s laboratory provides insight into the neural systems that control stress and the changes that may occur in stress-related disorders.
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Professor Allan Herbison is a neuroendocrinologist working with some of the strangest cells in the human body; gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons.
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Dr Joon Kim has secured 2 years of funding for a postdoctoral fellowship from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand. The grant will help elucidating the role of stress-responsive neurons in the brain.
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
In pre-clinical trials, University of Otago researchers have discovered a promising new therapy that has the potential to be used clinically for improving survival rates for people who suffer a heart attack.
Monday, 26 November 2018
The New Zealand Health Research Council has just awarded Dr Rosie Brown with one of this year’s Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowships for her project “The neurobiology of maternal care; understanding the critical role of prolactin”.
Monday, 19 November 2018
An eventful week filled with the 2018 CNE lecture given by Dr Paolo Giacobini, the CNE PhD thesis competition and the Women’s Wellbeing Symposium has allowed CNE researchers to win a number of prizes.
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
The Centre for Neuroendocrinology has a new leadership team. Prof. Dave Grattan and Associate Prof. Rebecca Campbell have been announced as the new Director and Deputy Director, respectively.
Thursday, 18 October 2018
The University of Otago has just announced this year's recipients of the Early Career Award for Distinction in Research. Among the winners is Dr Rosie Brown who is awarded the prize both for her work on the role of the hormone prolactin on maternal nursing behaviour and her future potential as a successful researcher.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Associate Professor Rebecca Campbell's lab works on the neural circuits that control fertility, focusing in particular on polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a very common form of female infertility.
Friday, 7 September 2018
India Sawyer, PhD student with Prof. Greg Anderson, has just been awarded the MacGibbon PhD travel fellowship to perform research in the USA.
Monday, 3 September 2018
Associate Professor Stephen Bunn is interested in the release of catecholamines from the hypothalamus and adrenal gland. He uses approaches such as cell culture and transgenic animals.
Friday, 31 August 2018
CNE researchers won 3 academic prizes at the Medical Sciences Congress at the Queenstown Research Week 2018 and also won the Fashionomics prize at one of the social events.
Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Professor Colin Brown works on how the brain controls various body functions such as blood pressure, giving birth, milk production through the hormones vasopressin and oxytocin.
Friday, 22 June 2018
A University of Otago research team whose ultimate goal is to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), has received a significant boost with an almost $5 million grant from the Health Research Council.
Monday, 9 April 2018
Ground-breaking research out of the University of Otago is showing potential to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
University of Otago researchers are ready to take a significant step in the development of a new natural product that could potentially prevent diabetes.
Friday, 10 November 2017
Crucial new information about how the brain controls fertility has been unlocked by University of Otago researchers, with their findings just published in prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
Friday, 27 October 2017
Associate Professor Greg Anderson has an eye on most aspects of neuroendocrinology. His work started with fertility, in understanding how the neurons that drive fertility are impacted by other factors; this led him to metabolism and eventually to stress.
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Congratulations to Professor Allan Herbison who is the recipient of two Health Research Council of NZ (HRC) Project Grants totalling almost $2.6 million.
Both projects provide 3-years of funding.
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Julia Gouws has won both the BMS dean's prize for best summer scholarship report, and OMSRS summer student speaker award. How did she do it?
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Prof Brown has been awarded the 2017 Mortyn Jones Memorial Medal, which is awarded annually by the BSN.
Monday, 23 October 2017
Congratulations to Colin who as been chosen by the Physiological Society of NZ (PSNZ) to be the recipient of the NZ Triennial Medal.
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Congratulations to Mauro Silva, PhD student in the Department of Physiology. Mauro is supervised by Dr Rebecca Campbell.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
The same hormone that stimulates milk production for lactation, also acts in the brain to help establish the nurturing link between mother and baby, University of Otago researchers have revealed for the first time.
Friday, 28 April 2017
Julia Gouws (Supervisor Karl Iremonger) has been awarded the BMS Dean’s Prize for the best Summer Scholarship Report for 2016/17. There were almost 50 reports to consider so this is a significant achievement, congratulations Julia.
Monday, 27 February 2017
CNE members took up the challenge from the Physiology Department of Otago University to “Test your team's heart and 'cycle' around
the South Island of New Zealand”
…and when they say ‘cycle’ they’re talking just 10 minutes on an exercise bike—easy!
Friday, 24 February 2017
In February 2017 we congratulated Dr Xander Seymour on the publication of his paper ‘Development of an excitatory kisspeptin projection to the oxytocin system in late pregnancy'.
Friday, 16 December 2016
Congratulations to Papi Gustafson who has had her doctoral thesis placed on the Health Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional Theses.
Monday, 7 November 2016
The latest Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund round has awarded 3-year project grants to four CNE researchers. Congratulations to Professor Allan Herbison, Professor David Grattan, Dr Alex Tups, and Professor Colin Brown.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Professor Colin Brown gave an engaging and entertaining Inaugural Professorial Lecture spanning his career investigating oxytocin neurons.
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Congratulations to Mauro Silva (supervisor Dr Rebecca Campbell) who was awarded the CNE PhD Prize on 28th June.
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
With his most recent publication (1 June 2016), Professor Allan Herbison, Department of Physiology, has reached the very significant landmark of 200 peer-reviewed journal article publications.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
University of Otago researchers are part of an international team of scientists who have discovered how anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) may act in the brain to cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms.
Thursday, 8 October 2015
The genetic heritage of New Zealand’s first dog, the now extinct kurī, is being unravelled by University of Otago scientists using state-of-the-art ancient DNA analysis.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
New Zealand scientists have achieved another milestone in their world-leading efforts to understand the neural mechanisms underlying the brain’s master control of fertility.
Friday, 30 January 2015
Using an antioxidant to reverse inflammation in the brain caused by a high-fat diet greatly improves symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes, a new University of Otago-led study suggests.
Monday, 26 January 2015
An international research team that includes University of Otago scientists has found that excessive salt intake “reprogrammes” the brain, interfering with a natural safety mechanism that normally prevents the body’s arterial blood pressure from rising.
Friday, 30 September 2011
An internationally eminent researcher into how the brain controls fertility, Professor Allan Herbison, is this year’s recipient of the University of Otago’s highest research honour, the Distinguished Research Medal.