Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Physiology profile

Dr Phil Heyward

PositionLecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Physiology
QualificationsBSc (Hons) PhD
Research summaryNeurophysiology and the sense of smell

Research

The sense of smell: Our ability to sense airborne chemicals is based on patterns of neuronal activity in the brain. We use electrophysiological recording from brain slices maintained in vitro to study how these patterns of activity are processed by individual neurons and circuits in the brain.

Neurological disorders: Bipolar disorder, depression and epilepsy seem like very different problems, but they each result from abnormal levels of brain neuron activity. To understand these diseases better and develop better treatments we need to know more about how the current treatments work. We therefore focus our studies on how current treatments act on neurons to control their activity as individuals, and as members of brain circuits.

Publications

Benzler, M., Benzler, J., Stoehr, S., Hempp, C., Rizwan, M. Z., Heyward, P., & Tups, A. (2019). "Insulin-like" effects of palmitate compromise insulin signalling in hypothalamic neurons. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 189(3-4), 413-424. doi: 10.1007/s00360-019-01220-0

Igelström, K. M., & Heyward, P. M. (2012). Inhibition of hippocampal excitability by citalopram. Epilepsia, 53(11), 2034-2042. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2012.03660.x

Igelström, K. M., & Heyward, P. M. (2012). The antidepressant drug fluoxetine inhibits persistent sodium currents and seizure-like events. Epilepsy Research, 101(1-2), 174-181. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2012.03.019

Igelström, K. M., Shirley, C. H., & Heyward, P. M. (2011). Low-magnesium medium induces epileptiform activity in mouse olfactory bulb slices. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(5), 2593-2605. doi: 10.1152/jn.00601.2011

Heyward, P. M. (2010). A brain slice bath for physiology and compound microscopy, with dual-sided perifusion. Journal of Microscopy, 240(3), 207-215. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2010.03382.x

Heinbockel, T., & Heyward, P. M. (2008). Glutamate synapses in olfactory neural circuits. In B. F. Paley & T. E. Warfield (Eds.), Amino acid receptor research. (pp. 391-425). New York: Nova Science.

Chapter in Book - Research

Benzler, M., Benzler, J., Stoehr, S., Hempp, C., Rizwan, M. Z., Heyward, P., & Tups, A. (2019). "Insulin-like" effects of palmitate compromise insulin signalling in hypothalamic neurons. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 189(3-4), 413-424. doi: 10.1007/s00360-019-01220-0

Journal - Research Article

Igelström, K. M., & Heyward, P. M. (2012). Inhibition of hippocampal excitability by citalopram. Epilepsia, 53(11), 2034-2042. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2012.03660.x

Journal - Research Article

Igelström, K. M., & Heyward, P. M. (2012). The antidepressant drug fluoxetine inhibits persistent sodium currents and seizure-like events. Epilepsy Research, 101(1-2), 174-181. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2012.03.019

Journal - Research Article

Igelström, K. M., Shirley, C. H., & Heyward, P. M. (2011). Low-magnesium medium induces epileptiform activity in mouse olfactory bulb slices. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(5), 2593-2605. doi: 10.1152/jn.00601.2011

Journal - Research Article

Butler-Munro, C., Coddington, E. J., Shirley, C. H., & Heyward, P. M. (2010). Lithium modulates cortical excitability in vitro. Brain Research, 1352, 50-60. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2010.07.021

Journal - Research Article

Heyward, P. M. (2010). A brain slice bath for physiology and compound microscopy, with dual-sided perifusion. Journal of Microscopy, 240(3), 207-215. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2010.03382.x

Journal - Research Article

Shirley, C. H., Coddington, E. J., & Heyward, P. M. (2010). All-or-none population bursts temporally constrain surround inhibition between mouse olfactory glomeruli. Brain Research Bulletin, 81(4-5), 406-415. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2009.10.022

Journal - Research Article

Wachowiak, M., McGann, J. P., Heyward, P. M., Shao, Z., Puche, A. C., & Shipley, M. T. (2005). Inhibition of olfactory receptor neuron input to olfactory bulb glomeruli mediated by suppression of presynaptic calcium influx. Journal of Neurophysiology, 94, 2700-2712.

Journal - Research Article

Heinbockel, T., Heyward, P., Conquet, F., & Ennis, M. (2004). Regulation of main olfactory bulb mitral cell excitability by metabotropic glutamate receptor mGluR1. Journal of Neurophysiology, 92, 3085-3096.

Journal - Research Article

Puche, A. C., Heyward, P., & Shipley, M. T. (2004). Transmembrane dye labeling and immunohistochemical staining of electrophysiologically characterized single neurons. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 137(2), 235-240.

Journal - Research Article

Aungst, J. L., Heyward, P. M., Puche, A. C., Karnup, S. V., Hayar, A., Szabo, G., & Shipley, M. (2003). Centre-surround inhibition among olfactory bulb glomeruli. Nature, 426, 623-629.

Journal - Research Article

Heyward, P. M., & Shipley, M. (2003). A device for automated control of pipette internal pressure for patch-clamp recording. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 123, 109-115.

Journal - Research Article

Hayar, A., Heyward, P. M., Heinbockel, T., Shipley, M. T., & Ennis, M. (2001). Direct excitation of mitral cells via activation of α1-noradrenergic receptors in rat olfactory bulb slices. Journal of Neurophysiology, 86, 2173-2182.

Journal - Research Article

Heyward, P., Ennis, M., Keller, A., & Shipley, M. T. (2001). Membrane bistability in olfactory bulb mitral cells. Journal of Neuroscience, 21(14), 5311-5320.

Journal - Research Article

More publications...