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Anderson Laboratory

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

Dr Caroline Ancel, Assistant Research FellowCaroline Ancel_web
RFRP neuron actions on stress and reproduction, and characterization of novel RFRP-3 antagonists
Email caroline.ancel@otago.ac.nz

Caroline Decourt_webDr Caroline Decourt, Postdoctoral Fellow
Neuroendocrine requirements for puberty onset
Email caroline.decourt@otago.ac.nz

Maggie EvansDr Maggie Evans, Postdoctoral Fellow
Metabolic hormone effects on feeding, reward, and reproduction
Email maggie.evans@otago.ac.nz

Megan InglisMegan Inglis, Research Technician
Email megan.inglis@otago.ac.nz

Romy Kerbus_webRomy Kerbus, PhD student
Metabolic and reproductive consequences of PCOS
Email kerro860@student.otago.ac.nz

Rebecca Lord_webRebecca Lord, PhD student
Signalling pathways used by the hormone leptin to support puberty
Email lorre527@student.otago.ac.nz

India Sawyer_webIndia Sawyer, PhD student
RFRP neuron actions on stress and reproduction, and characterization of novel RFRP-3 antagonists
Email india.sawyer@otago.ac.nz

Laura Simpson, Honours student

Elliot Wallace, Masters student

Selena Wang, Honours student

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Publications

Evans, M. C., Lord, R. A., & Anderson, G. M. (2021). Multiple leptin signalling pathways in the control of metabolism and fertility: A means to different ends? International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22, 9210. doi: 10.3390/ijms22179210

Angelopoulou, E., Inquimbert, P., Klosen, P., Anderson, G., Kalsbeek, A., & Simonneaux, V. (2021). Daily and estral regulation of RFRP-3 neurons in the female mice. Journal of Circadian Rhythms, 19(1), 4. doi: 10.5334/jcr.212

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

Evans, M. C., Hill, J. W., & Anderson, G. M. (2021). Role of insulin in the neuroendocrine control of reproduction. Journal of Endocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12930

Mamgain, A., Sawyer, I. L., Timajo, D. A. M., Rizwan, M. Z., Evans, M. C., Ancel, C. M., Inglis, M. A., & Anderson, G. M. (2020). RFamide-related peptide neurons modulate reproductive function and stress responses. Journal of Neuroscience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1062-20.2020