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Why mothers care: New study on how pregnancy hormones change the brain

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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Dr Rosie Brown and Prof Dave Grattan have received funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to investigate how pregnancy hormones influence the mother’s brain to ensure she looks after her offspring appropriately. The project is co-led by the two researchers from the Departments of Physiology and Anatomy, respectively.

Positive stress - emerging researcher wins prize for stress studies

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Wednesday 17 June 2020

Dr Joon Kim from the Iremonger lab has been awarded the 2020 Emerging Researcher Prize of the Brain Health Research Centre (BHRC) of the University of Otago. The prize recognises his recent work on stress neurons in the brain which he presented at a BHRC seminar.

Zebrafish study continues to attract awards

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Wednesday 26 February 2020

Kaj Kamstra has won another award for his work on the control of food intake in zebrafish. At the Swiss Winter Conference on Ingestive Behaviour in St. Moritz he received the Young Investigator Award for his outstanding presentation.

Carl Smith Medal for Karl Iremonger

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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.

A lactation hormone in males?

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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.

A fat hormone that regulates blood sugar

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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.

The brain's control over diabetic hearts

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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.

Sextuple success by CNE trio

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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.”

Researcher Profile - Dr Karl Iremonger

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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.

Researcher Profile - Professor Allan Herbison

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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.

Neurological Foundation awards fellowship to CNE postdoc

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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.

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 - 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.