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Neuroscientists in the Department of Anatomy

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.

Professor Greg Anderson BAgrSc(Hons) PhD

The neuroendocrine control of reproduction.

Professor Anderson's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Associate Professor Stephen Bunn BSc(Hons) PhD

Cellular and molecular neuroendocrinology of stress.

Associate Professor Bunn's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Dr Andrew Clarkson BSc PhD

Pharmacological therapies to minimize the extent of cellular damage following a stroke and aid in functional recovery when given at a delay after stroke.

Dr Clarkson's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Dr Gina Forster PhD

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.

Dr Forster's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Professor Dave Grattan BSc(Hons) PhD

The neuroendocrine adaptations of the maternal brain. Neuroendocrine regulation of body weight and glucose homeostasis. Hyperprolactinemia and infertility.

Professor Grattan's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Associate Professor Christine Jasoni BSc PhD

The influence of maternal obesity during pregnancy on the development of the fetal brain circuits that regulate body weight.

Associate Professor Jasoni's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Associate Professor Beulah Leitch BSc(Hons) MSc PhD

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.

Associate Professor Leitch's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Associate Professor Ping Liu MB PhD

Neurobiological basis and intervention of cognitive decline associated with aging and Alzheimer's disease, as well as schizophrenia. Biological basis of learning and memory.

Associate Professor Liu's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Dr Ruth Napper BSc(Hons) PhD

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.

Dr Napper's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Associate Professor Dorothy Oorschot BSc(Hons) PhD

Structure and function of the normal or hypoxic basal ganglia.

Associate Professor Oorschot's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie BPhEd MSc PhD

The neural mechanisms that underlie voluntary movements and the movement deficits of Parkinson's disease.

Dr Parr-Brownlie's profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Professor John Reynolds MB ChB PhD

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.

Professor Reynolds' profile on the Department of Anatomy website

Associate Professor Joanna Williams BSc MSc PhD

How the brain adapts and responds when memories are formed, the molecular steps involved in their maintenance, and how these are perturbed in disease.

Dr Williams' profile on the Department of Anatomy website