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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

The Colin Brown Laboratory has a code of conduct.

List of publications for Colin Brown (Google Scholar)

Colin Brown Laboratory staff & students

Mehwish Abbasi_webMehwish Abbasi, PhD Student
Hypothalamic regulation of birth and lactation

Emily Brown_webEmily Brown, PhD Student
Hypothalamic regulation of body fluid balance in pregnancy and lactation

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

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Li, T., Jia, S.-W., Hou, D., Liu, X., Li, D., Liu, Y., … Brown, C. H., & Wang, Y.-F. (2021). Intranasal oxytocin restoration of maternal behavior and oxytocin neuronal activity in the supraoptic nucleus in rat dams with pre-labor cesarean delivery. Neuroscience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2021.06.020

Nair, B. B., Khant Aung, Z., Porteous, R., Prescott, M., Glendining, K. A., Jenkins, D. E., Augustine, R. A., … Yip, S. H., Bouwer, G. T., Brown, C. H., Jasoni, C. L., Campbell, R. E., Bunn, S. J., Anderson, G. M., Grattan, D. R., Herbison, A. E., & Iremonger, K. J. (2021). Impact of chronic variable stress on neuroendocrine hypothalamus and pituitary in male and female C57BL/6J mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12972

Sethi, S., Augustine, R. A., Bouwer, G. T., Schwenke, D. O., Brown, C. H., & Lamberts, R. R. (2020). Type 2 diabetes is associated with increased activation of brain regions that regulate sympathetic drive to the heart. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1527), (pp. 126). Retrieved from

Brown, C. H., Roy, R. K., Hamm, J. P., & Stern, J. E. (2020). Development of a novel approach for real-time two-photon imaging of the rat hypothalamus in vivo. FASEB Journal, 34(Suppl. 1). doi: 10.1096/fasebj.2020.34.s1.04797

Perkinson, M. R., Kim, J. S., Brown, C. H., & Iremonger, K. J. (2020). Characterisation of an oxytocin-ires-cre mouse model for recording oxytocin neuron bursts in behaving mice. FASEB Journal, 34(Suppl. 1). doi: 10.1096/fasebj.2020.34.s1.03560