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Investigating the role of hormones on the neural circuitry controlling parental behaviour.

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
Dunedin
Qualifications
Master’s, PhD
Department
Physiology
Supervisor
Dr Rosie Brown

Overview

Mammals give birth to dependent offspring and significant parental involvement is required to ensure offspring survive. During pregnancy and in the early postpartum period, hormones act on neural circuitry to bring about the timely display of maternal behaviour by the mother. We aim to investigate how hormones modulate neural circuitry during this time to bring about the required changes in parental behaviour.

This PhD project will involve in vivo manipulation of specific neural circuits to determine how hormones act to direct different aspects of social behaviour.

Contact

Rosie Brown
Email   rosemary.brown@otago.ac.nz