9th January, 2018
Otago breakthrough in diabetic heart disease
The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.
13th November, 2017
Otago study could mean hope for infertile couples
Crucial new information about how the brain controls fertility has been unlocked by University of Otago researchers, with their findings just published in prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
13th November, 2017
Phenomenal success for Physiology researchers in latest Marsden funding round
Four 3-year project grants were awarded to Department of Physiology researchers in this year’s Marsden Fund - totalling over $3.8M.
25th October, 2017
Charlotte Steel, BSc (Hons) NEUR student in the Department has gained a Cambridge Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship
Our congratulations to Charlotte who is currently completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Neuroscience in the Department of Physiology with supervisor Assoc Prof Phil Sheard.
8th September, 2017
PhD student wins two awards at Queenstown Research Week
Congratulations to Mauro Silva, PhD student in the Department of Physiology. Mauro is supervised by Dr Rebecca Campbell.
22nd January, 2018
Dr. rer. nat. Fenja Knopp (Excellence Cluster Cardio-Pulmonary System, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany)
14th August, 2017
Prof Brown has been awarded the 2017 Mortyn Jones Memorial Medal, which is awarded annually by the BSN.
Prof Brown was presented with the medal at the 12th World Congress on Neurohypophysial Hormones conference in Rio de Janeiro recently. He gave the Plenary Lecture on 28th July entitled "Reproductive regulation of magnocellular neuron activity”.
Magnocellular neurons secrete the hormone, oxytocin, which is critical for normal birth and the prevention of early activation of oxytocin neurons is important to reduce the risk of pre-term delivery. Some of Prof Brown’s most recent work shows that a new excitatory projection from kisspeptin neurons to the oxytocin system emerges only in late pregnancy. Hence, antagonism of kisspeptin actions might provide a novel therapeutic target for the management of pregnancies at risk of pre-term delivery.
It's fun getting your hands into the job, e.g. doing experiments on a beating heart. Suddenly all those theories you have been learning about, are made real!