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Campbell Laboratory

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

Associate Professor Rebecca Campbell's researcher profile

List of publications for Rebecca Campbell (Google Scholar)

Campbell Laboratory staff & students

Chris Coyle_webChris Coyle, Postdoctoral Fellow
Androgen excess and the female brain

Kyoko Potapov_webKay Potapov, Assistant Research Fellow

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

Amy Ruddenklau_webAmy Ruddenklau, PhD student
Investigating the role of central progesterone signalling in PCOS

Aisha Sati_webAisha Sati, PhD student
Investigating the relationship between androgen excess and microglia in the female brain

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Watanabe, Y., Prescott, M., Campbell, R. E., & Jasoni, C. L. (2021). Prenatal androgenization causes expression changes of progesterone and androgen receptor mRNAs in the arcuate nucleus of female mice across development. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.13058

Sati, A., Prescott, M., Holland, S., Jasoni, C. L., Desroziers, E., & Campbell, R. E. (2021). Morphological evidence indicate a role for microglia in shaping the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-like brain. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12999

Sati, A., Prescott, M., Jasoni, C. L., Desroziers, E., & Campbell, R. E. (2021). The role of microglia in the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-like brain. Journal of the Endocrine Society, 5(Suppl. 1), (pp. A556). doi: 10.1210/jendso/bvab048.1133

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

Jamieson, B. B., Bouwer, G. T., Campbell, R. E., & Piet, R. (2021). Estrous cycle plasticity in the central clock output to kisspeptin neurons: Implications for the preovulatory surge. Endocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1210/endocr/bqab071