Neuroscientists at the University of Otago are located in various departments depending on their area of specialisation. The neuroscientists listed below are part of the Department of Anatomy. They may be available to supervise your neuroscience research.
The neuroendocrine control of reproduction.
Cellular and molecular neuroendocrinology of stress.
Pharmacological therapies to minimize the extent of cellular damage following a stroke and aid in functional recovery when given at a delay after stroke.
Neurobiology of stress and related mental health disorders. Specific projects in the areas of early-life stress, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and addiction in both animal models and at-risk human populations.
The neuroendocrine adaptations of the maternal brain. Neuroendocrine regulation of body weight and glucose homeostasis. Hyperprolactinemia and infertility.
The influence of maternal obesity during pregnancy on the development of the fetal brain circuits that regulate body weight.
Cellular neuroscience focusing on the structural and functional development of neurons and their synapses. Changes occurring at synapses during aging and in various brain disorders.
Neurobiological basis and intervention of cognitive decline associated with aging and Alzheimer's disease, as well as schizophrenia. Biological basis of learning and memory.
Investigation of the role of binge-like exposure to alcohol during development on acute and long-term changes in the structure and function of the brain.
Structure and function of the normal or hypoxic basal ganglia.
The neural mechanisms that underlie voluntary movements and the movement deficits of Parkinson's disease.
Learning and memory mechanisms in the basal ganglia and cortex in the mammalian brain, with a particular focus on normal and disordered synaptic mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease and stroke.
How the brain adapts and responds when memories are formed, the molecular steps involved in their maintenance, and how these are perturbed in disease.