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Colin Brown Laboratory

Research interests

Our research group principally uses electrophysiology and immunohistochemistry to determine how the brain controls birth, lactation, and cardiovascular function. Our main focus is on how oxytocin and vasopressin contribute to preterm labour, high blood pressure and heart problems.

Clinical conditions

  • Preterm labour
  • Preeclampsia
  • Hypertension
  • Myocardial infarction

Professor Brown's researcher profile

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Colin Brown Laboratory staff & students

Michael Perkinson_webMichael Perkinson, PhD Student
Hypothalamic regulation of pregnancy and lactation

Phoebe Adler, Honours student

Meliame Jackson, PG Dip Sci student

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Perkinson, M. R., Kirchner, M. K., Zhang, M., Augustine, R. A., Stern, J. E., & Brown, C. H. (2022). α-Melanocyte-stimulating hormone inhibition of oxytocin neurons switches to excitation in late pregnancy and lactation. Physiological Reports, 10, e15226. doi: 10.14814/phy2.15226

Vijayasekaran, S., Bird, P., Brown, C., Garland, R., & Ten Cate, W. (2022, February). Paediatric otology management controversies. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery (NZSOHNS) 74th Annual General & Scientific Meeting (ORL 21), Taupō, New Zealand.

Abbasi, M., Perkinson, M. R., Seymour, A. J., Piet, R., Campbell, R. E., Iremonger, K. J., & Brown, C. H. (2022). Local kisspeptin excitation of rat oxytocin neurones in late pregnancy. Journal of Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/jp282531

Roy, R. K., Althammer, F., Seymour, A. J., Du, W., Biancardi, V. C., Hamm, J. P., … Brown, C. H., & Stern, J. E. (2021). Inverse neurovascular coupling contributes to positive feedback excitation of vasopressin neurons during a systemic homeostatic challenge. Cell Reports, 37(5), 109925. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109925

Sethi, S., Augustine, R. A., Bouwer, G. T., Perkinson, M. R., Cheong, I., Bussey, C. T., Schwenke, D. O., Brown, C. H., & Lamberts, R. R. (2021). Increased neuronal activation in sympathoregulatory regions of the brain and spinal cord in type 2 diabetic rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.13016