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Neuroscientists in other departments

Neuroscientists at the University of Otago are located in various departments depending on their area of specialisation. The neuroscientists below may be available to supervise your postgraduate neuroscience research.

Neuroscientists in the Department of Biochemistry

Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes BSc(Hons) PhD

Molecular pathways that regulate neuronal development, maintenance and disease. Gene and drug therapies in childhood Batten disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Associate Professor Hughes' profile on the Department of Biochemistry website

Professor Warren Tate MSc PhD FNZIC FRSNZ MA-PIMBN

Molecular aspects of long term storage of information in the brain.

Professor Tate's profile on the Department of Biochemistry website

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Neuroscientists in the Bioethics Centre

Professor Grant Gillett MSc MB ChB DPhil FRACS FRSNZ

Bioethics, neuroethics, philosophy of psychiatry, and post-structuralist philosophy.

Professor Gillett's profile on the Division of Health Sciences website

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Computer Science

Associate Professor Alistair Knott BA MSc PhD

Neural models of language and sensorimotor cognition. Computational linguistics, in particular in theories of discourse structure and natural language generation.

Associate Professor Knott's profile on the Department of Computer Science website

Professor Anthony Robins BSc(Hons) MA DPhil

Neural networks as a tool for modeling cognition, with a particular focus on modelling aspects of memory and forgetting.

Professor Robins' profile on the Department of Computer Science website

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Food Science

Dr Mei Peng

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Medicine

Dr Nick Cutfield MB ChB FRACP

Vestibular neurology, eye movements, functional MRI.

Dr Cutfield's profile on the Dunedin School of Medicine website

Associate Professor Graeme Hammond-Tooke PhD FRACP FCP

Clinical Neurologist with particular interests in neuromuscular diseases, psychogenic disorders and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Current studies include repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation as a treatment for neurological disease, and the combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroencephalography to assess cortical excitability and connectivity.

Associate Professor Hammond-Tooke's profile on the Dunedin School of Medicine website

Associate Professor Patrick Manning BHB MBChB MMedSc FRACP

Neuroimaging in obesity and addiction; Neuromodulation

Associate Professor Manning's profile on the Dunedin School of Medicine website

Dr John Mottershead BM BCh BA FRCP

General neurology and multiple sclerosis.

Dr Mottershead's profile on the Dunedin School of Medicine website

Dr Alan Wright MBhB MD ECFMG FRACP

Neuromuscular disease, in particular diabetic neuropathy. Clinical neurophar¬macology.

Dr Wright's profile on the Dunedin School of Medicine website

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Oral Sciences

Professor Mauro Farella DDS PhD PD

Masticatory function, bruxism, orofacial pain and their implications in orthodontics and craniofacial growth.

Professor Farella's profile on the Division of Health Sciences website

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Dr John Ashton BSc(Hons) PhD

The endocannabinoid system, particularly in models of ischaemic stroke and in neuropathic pain. Currently investigating the role of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid “cannabidiol” (CBD) in the control of refractory epilepsy, using in vitro and in vivo techniques.

Dr Ashton's profile on the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology website

Associate Professor Cynthia Darlington BA PhD

Neural basis of tinnitus; drug treatments for tinnitus; cognitive impairment follow¬ing inner ear damage.

Associate Professor Darlington's profile on the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology website

Associate Professor Steve Kerr BSc PhD

Hippocampus, glutamate, brain aging, seizures, AMPA and KA receptors, domoic, kainic, excitotoxins, neuroprotection, cardiac damage, SUDEP (Sudden Death in Epilepsy), fungal toxins.

Associate Professor Kerr's profile on the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology website

Dr Ivan Sammut BSc(Hons) PhD

Profiling cardio-renal and CNS damage in ischaemic disease. Development of novel therapeutic interventions.

Dr Sammut's profile on the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology website

Professor Paul Smith BA(Hons) PhD GradDipApplStat MApplStat(Hons) DSc

Lesion-induced plasticity in the vestibular and auditory systems; tinnitus; effects of vestibular and auditory damage on the hippocampus; biostatistics.

Professor Smith's profile on the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology website

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Neuroscientists in the School of Pharmacy

Dr Alisa McGregor

 Translational research,  including development of clinically relevant disease models as a platform to investigate potential therapies for neurological conditions (like stroke and HD).

Dr McGregor's profile on the School of Pharmacy website

Associate Professor Bruce Russell

Discovery of biomarkers that could be used to predict drug effects and treatment outcomes for people with either drug addiction, schizophrenia, depression, or anxiety (MRI, EEG).

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise

Professor Jim Cotter BSc MPhEd PhD

Integrative physiology, including cerebrovascular function, in response to acute and chronic exercise and environmental stressors.

Professor Cotter’s profile on the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise website

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Psychological Medicine

Professor Paul Glue MB ChB MD MRCPsych

The pharmacology of drug treatments in psychiatry. Disease mechanisms in neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Professor Glue's profile on the Dunedin School of Medicine website

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Surgical Sciences

Professor Dirk De Ridder MD PhD

Phantom percepts, addiction, clinical neuromodulation (TMS, tDCS, tACS, tRNS).

Professor De Ridder's profile on the Department of Surgical Sciences website

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Women's and Children's Health

Associate Professor Barbara Galland BSc(Hons) PhD NZCS

Sleep related breathing disorders. Autonomic nervous system function. SIDS. Chronic fatigue syndrome.

Associate Professor Galland's profile on the Dunedin School of Medicine website

Professor Barry Taylor MB ChB FRACP

Childhood sleep disorders. SIDS. Oxytocin in parenting and attachment. The genetics and neural control of apetite.

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Neuroscientists in the Department of Zoology

Professor Alison Mercer ONZM BSc(Hons) PhD FRSNZ

Modulatory actions of dopamine and serotonin in the developing nervous sys¬tem; Structural and functional plasticity of the insect brain.

Professor Mercer's profile on the Department of Zoology website

Associate Professor Mike Paulin BSc(Hons) PhD

Perception and control of movement; cerebellum and cerebellar-like structures; shark electric sense; legged locomotion; technology development for motion analysis and robotics.

Associate Professor Paulin's profile on the Department of Zoology website

Dr Paul Szyszka Dipl. Biol., Dr. rer. nat.

Neural bases of olfactory perception and learning in insects; active smelling strategies; olfactory spatial learning; social effects on olfactory learning.

Paul Szyszka's profile on the Department of Zoology website

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