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Greg Anderson 186x228 Professor Greg Anderson

Professor Greg Anderson's biography
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Research interests

My research group's interests are focused on the regulation of fertility by hormones such as leptin, insulin that provide the brain with information about the body's nutritional status, and on the effects of a recently discovered group of brain cells called RFRP neurons on fertility and stress responses (such as anxiety). Beyond our focused basic research projects, our 'big picture' goal is the development of new and improved treatments for infertility and anxiety-related disorders; both of which are unseen conditions experienced by a large proportion of modern societies. For example, we are currently developing drugs that combat the anxiety-promoting effects of RFRP neurons. The Anderson Research Group is based in the Department of Anatomy and forms one of the laboratories that make up University of Otago's Centre for Neuroendocrinology.

Clinical conditions

  • Infertility
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Chronic anxiety disorders

Professor Anderson's researcher profile

List of publications for Greg Anderson (Google Scholar)

Anderson Laboratory staff and students

Caroline Decourt_webDr Caroline Decourt, Research Fellow
Neuroendocrine requirements for puberty onset

Megan InglisMegan Inglis, Research Technician

Rebecca Lord_webRebecca Lord, PhD student
Signalling pathways used by the hormone leptin to support puberty

Annapoorna Rajan, Honours student

Sushanth Yadhav, Masters student

Visit Our people for an alphabetical list of all Centre for Neuroendocrinology staff.

Research Funders


Kerbus, R. I., Decourt, C., Inglis, M. A., Campbell, R. E., & Anderson, G. M. (2024). Androgen receptor actions on AgRP neurons are not a major cause of reproductive and metabolic impairments in peripubertally androgenized mice. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 36, e13370. doi: 10.1111/jne.13370 Journal - Research Article

Yadhav, S., Decourt, C., Anderson, R. J., Li, B., Beltramo, M., Aucagne, V., & Anderson, G. M. (2023). A cytotoxic cell-targeting approach to induce sterility in mammalian predator species of Aotearoa. In T. Milne, M. Anwar, L. Burga, H. Harcombe, M. Garelja, A. Middleton, D. C. Ribeiro, N. Fleming, K. Ogbuehi & A. Bahn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 268th Otago Medical School Research Society (OMSRS) Meeting: Masters/Honours/Postgraduate Diploma Student Speaker Awards. Dunedin, New Zealand: OMSRS. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Anderson, G. M., Decourt, C., Quennell, J. H., Zuure, W. A., Egan, O. K., & Evans, M. C. (2023, August-September). Multiple metabolic cues for fine-tuning puberty onset. Verbal presentation at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Hypothalamic Neuroscience & Neuroendocrinology Australasia (HNNA) Satellite, Queenstown, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Anderson, G. M., Hill, J. W., Kaiser, U. B., Navarro, V. M., Ong, K. K., Perry, J. R. B., … Elias, C. F. (2023). Metabolic control of puberty: 60 years in the footsteps of Kennedy and Mitra's seminal work. Nature Reviews Endocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41574-023-00919-z Journal - Research Article

Evans, M. C., & Anderson, G. M. (2023). The role of RFRP neurons in the allostatic control of reproductive function. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 24(21), 15851. doi: 10.3390/ijms242115851 Journal - Research Other

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