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 Physiology. They may be available to supervise your neuroscience research.
The neuroendocrine control of reproduction, in particular the regulation of oxytocin neuron function. Oxytocin and vasopressin (anti-diuretic hormone) neuron control of body weight, fluid balance and blood pressure.
The central nervous system regulation of fertility and the central defects that contribute to infertility.
Control of breathing.
Electrophysiology and molecular approaches to better understand neuronal circuits within the brain, with a special reference to those circuits that contribute to our ability to make controlled movements.
Neural mechanisms underlying the control of fertility and the manner in which gonadal steroid hormones influence brain function.
Synaptic interactions and membrane properties of brain neurons involved in the sense of smell. Actions of drugs used to treat depression, epilepsy, and bipolar disorder on brain circuits and neurons.
Midbrain dopamine systems and pathways which modulate dopamine neuron activity. Abnormal dopamine activity, such as in Parkinson's disease.
Hypothalamic brain circuits that control the stress response. Synaptic, dendritic and axonal properties that control hypothalamic neuron excitability.
Early interactions between nerve cells and skeletal muscle fibres. Age-related loss of muscle mass and strength, especially the role of the motor nerve.
The central nervous system regulation of body weight and glucose homeostasis. Is Alzheimer’s disease type 3 diabetes?