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Sextuple success by CNE trio

MedSci 2019 prize winners

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.

HRC grant to investigate stress in motherhood

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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.

Student success at the 2019 BHRC Symposium

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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.

Student wins prize for work on zebrafish

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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.

Researcher Profile - Dr Richard Piet

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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.”

Dr Rosie Brown is new Sir Charles Hercus Fellow

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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”.

A week of prizes, posters and lectures for the CNE

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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.

Prof. Dave Grattan new CNE Director

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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.

CNE young researcher recognised through early career award

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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.

Researcher Profile - Associate Professor Rebecca Campbell

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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.

PhD student receives MacGibbon Fellowship

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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.

Researcher Profile - Associate Professor Stephen Bunn

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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.

Researcher Profile - Professor Colin Brown

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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.

Landmark study from Otago clarifies brain's role in fertility control


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).

Researcher Profile - Associate Professor Greg Anderson

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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.

Summer student wins Dean's prize

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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.

South Island Cycle Challenge taken up by CNE

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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!

New publication is editor's choice

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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'.

Major Marsden funding success for CNE researchers

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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.

Research milestone for Professor

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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.

Otago researchers sequence kuri dog genomes

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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.

Scientists discover why too much salt raises blood pressure

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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.

Physiologist honoured for brain fertility research

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Otago physiologist Professor Allan Herbison has been awarded the Health Research Council's prestigious Liley medal in recognition of his groundbreaking research into how the brain controls fertility.