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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 studentCeline Camon image

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Research Funders


Emanuel, R. H. K., Docherty, P. D., Lunt, H., Murray, R., & Campbell, R. E. (2024). Clustering polycystic ovary syndrome laboratory results extracted from a large internet forum with machine learning. Intelligence-Based Medicine, 9, 100135. doi: 10.1016/j.ibmed.2024.100135 Journal - Research Article

Campbell, R. E. (2024). Beyond the ovary: Rewiring our perspective on polycystic ovary syndrome. Nature Reviews Endocrinology, 97, 104850. doi: 10.1038/s41574-024-00963-3 Journal - Research Other

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

Sugrue, V. J., Zoller, J. A., Narayan, P., Lu, A. T., Ortega-Recalde, O. J., Grant, M. J., … Bond, D. M., … Campbell, R., Garratt, M., … Hore, T. A. (2023). Male-specific DNA aging and building the Androgen Clock. Proceedings of the Genetics Otago (GO) Annual Symposium & Workshops. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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