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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

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.

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