Founding director of the CNE Prof Allan Herbison's research focused upon understanding the properties and functioning of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons. These neurons are responsible for the initiation of puberty and the subsequent maintenance of reproductive function in adult males and females.
Allan was particularly interested in defining how:
- GnRH neurons generate pulsatile LH secretion
- Gonadal steroid hormones regulate the activity of GnRH neurons
- GnRH neurons become activated at puberty
Allan has now taken up a position at the University of Cambridge, UK.