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Director and Principal Investigator

Rebecca Campbell 186x228Professor Rebecca Campbell

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Research interests

I am interested in defining how the gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons, well established as the ultimate downstream regulators of the central control of reproductive function, are regulated by the multitude of external and internal cues necessary for successful fertility.

At the Centre for Neuroendocrinology I am investigating the synaptic regulation of GnRH neurons, with particular emphasis on the innervation to their lengthy dendrites, through a variety of morphological imaging and transgenic mouse model approaches. In addition to understanding the regulation of normal fertility, I am also interested in addressing the central neuroendocrine abnormalities of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the leading cause of infertility in women.

Current and proposed projects:

  • Exploring the neuroendocrine mechanisms of PCOS
  • Mechanisms of pulse generation in the GnRH neuronal network
  • Steroid induced structural plasticity within the GnRH neuronal network

Clinical conditions

  • Infertility
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Ciliopathies

Professor Rebecca Campbell's researcher profile

List of publications for Rebecca Campbell (Google Scholar)

Campbell Laboratory staff & students

Maggie Corr Evans_webMaggie Evans, Research Fellow

Kelly Glendining_webKelly Glendining, Research Fellow

Kyoko Potapov_webKay Potapov, Assistant Research Fellow

Mel Prescott_webMel Prescott, Assistant Research Fellow
Role of the brain in PCOS

Celine Camon, PhD student

Emily Lott, B Biomed Sci student

Phoebe Trolove, Pg Dip Sci student

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Research Funders


Prescott, M., Watanabe, Y., Ruddenklau, A., Fisher, L., Jasoni, C. L., & Campbell, R. E. (2023). Kisspeptin neuron projections and expression patterns are unaltered in prenatally androgenized female mice modeling PCOS. Journal of the Endocrine Society, 7(Suppl. 1), (pp. A649-A650). doi: 10.1210/jendso/bvad114.1213

Ruddenklau, A., Glendining, K., Prescott, M., & Campbell, R. E. (2023). Validation of a new custom polyclonal progesterone receptor antibody for immunohistochemistry in the female mouse brain. Journal of the Endocrine Society, bvad113. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1210/jendso/bvad113

Emanuel, R. H. K., Docherty, P. D., Lunt, H., & Campbell, R. E. (2023). Comparing literature- and subreddit-derived laboratory values in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): Validation of clinical data posted on PCOS Reddit forums. JMIR Formative Research, 7, e44810. doi: 10.2196/44810

Watanabe, Y., Fisher, L., Campbell, R. E., & Jasoni, C. L. (2023). Defining potential targets of prenatal androgen excess: Expression analysis of androgen receptor on hypothalamic neurons in the fetal female mouse brain. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.13302

Decourt, C., Watanabe, Y., Evans, M. C., Inglis, M. A., Fisher, L. C., Jasoni, C. L., Campbell, R. E., & Anderson, G. M. (2023). Deletion of androgen receptors from kisspeptin neurons prevents PCOS features in a letrozole mouse model. Endocrinology, bqad077. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1210/endocr/bqad077

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