30th July 2020 - Caroline passes PhD oral exam.

Congratulations to Caroline who just passed her PhD exam. It takes a lot of work and it is a massive achievement!

17th June 2020 - Joon recieves BHRC award.

Congratulations to Joon Kim who was recently awarded the BHRC Emerging Researcher Prize. More information about what the award was for can be found here.

20th May 2020 - Caroline submits PhD thesis.

Congratulations to Caroline Focke who just submitted her PhD thesis. Well done Caroline!!

1st April 2020 - Shao Zheng starts PhD in the lab.

Welcome back Shao. Not many people start their PhD from home during a lockdown! Shao's project (when we get back into the lab) will be to investigate how CRH neuron activity correlates with ultradina pulses of corticosterone.

2nd March 2020 - Jaysha Tippins joins the lab.

Jaysha is a 4th year honours student who has just joined the lab. Welcome Jaysha.

13th December 2019 - Paper published in Nature Communications.

Joon's photometry paper has just been published in Nature Communications. You can find it here.

15th November 2019 - Review published in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology.

Caroline's review has just been published. You can find it here.

8th November 2019 - Review published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Joon's review has just been published. You can find it here.

5th November 2019 - Zhean Tonacao joins the lab.

Zhean is a summer student working in the lab. Welcome Zhean.

10th October 2019 - Cool image of CRH neurons.

Emmet and Dharshini recently took this great image of two CRH neurons in the PVN.

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15th August 2019 - Karl receives Rowheath and Carl Smith award.

Karl was recently awarded the Rowheath Trust award and Carl Smith Medal. Details here.

27th June 2019 - HRC funding success.

We have just been awarded a 3 year Health Research Council (HRC) grant to study how neural circuts within the hypothalamus regulate stress responses during pregnancy and lactation.

6th May 2019 - Dharshini Ganeshan joins the lab.

Dharshini has recently joined the lab as an Assistant Research Fellow. Welcome!

15th April 2019 - Psychedelic art.

Some of Caroline's recent wavelet analysis.

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1st April 2019 - Michael Perkinson joins the lab.

Michael is a PhD student who will be working on oxytocin neuron photometry in collobation with Colin Brown.

27th February 2019 - Shao Zheng joins the lab.

Shao is a BBiomedSc (Hons) student who will be working on circadian regulation of the stress axis.

14th February 2019 - Paper out in Neuropharmacology.

We have just had a paper published in Neuropharmacology looking at the effects of chronic corticosterone on the structure and function of CRH neurons. Check it out here

31st January 2019 - Spikeling.

Spikeling is an open source implementation of a spiking neuron that is perfect for neuroscience teaching and outreach. We have just built several of these and they are fantastic! See the PLoS Biology paper for more details

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21st January 2019 - India Sawyer joins the lab.

India is a co-supervised PhD student with Professor Greg Anderson and will be trying to understand how those glowing neurons on the screen modulate stress responses.

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17th December 2018 - Karl recieves research award.

Karl was awarded the 2018 School of Biomedical Sciences emerging researcher award.

3rd December 2018 - Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Joon.

Congratulations to Joon for being awarded a Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowship.

19th November 2018 - Lab photo.

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11th October 2018 - Neural activity in response to stress!

Beautiful recordings thanks to Joon.

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1st September 2018 - Emmet Power joins the lab.

Emmet is a new Postdoctoral fellow in the lab. His project focuses on understanding the neurobiological differences in stress circuits between males and females.

14th May 2018 - Dhananjie Chandrasekera joins the lab.

Welcome Dhananjie!

20th April 2018 - Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience (ACAN).

I have been teaching at the ACAN course on North Stradbroke Island this last week. This is a fantastic 3 week course for graduate students and early career neuroscientists. Check out their website for application deadlines

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28th March 2018 - Photometry systems are go.

I have been putting together a lot of our custom photometry systems lately. Optics are from Doric Lenses and its controlled by custom software which was produced in collaboration with Tussock Innovation.
Its easy to build, cheap and works great!

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15th March 2018 - The effects of stress on our body.

Another nice video from Ted-Ed which summarises the effects of stress on our body. Worth a watch: (or click here).

28th February 2018 - Congratulations to Julia.

Well done to Julia for submitting her MSc thesis today!

16th January 2018 - Samdori paper published in PNAS.

PNAS paper out today from a collaboration established by Joon. Follow this link for the advanced online version

20th December 2017 - A great meeting coming up this year.

Check out the website for more details:

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20th November 2017 - Aidan Sherrington joins the lab.

Welcome to our newest lab member. Aidan will be using GCaMP6 imaging to understand how the patterns of CRH neuron activity are controlled.

6th November 2017 - Herbison lab paper using fiber photometry published in PNAS.

The first paper using our custom built fiber photometry system from Tussock Innovation has been published in PNAS. Follow this link for the advanced online version (click here).

31st October 2017 - Marsden Fund grant awarded.

We have just recieved 3 years of grant funding from the Marsden Fund. Because of this, we have a Postdoctoral position open in the lab. Postdoctoral Fellows interested in working in the Iremonger lab should contact Karl. For a summary of the research, see this link:

5th September 2017 - Bradley's paper on oxytocin published.

Follow this link for the advanced online version (click link here).

15th May 2017 - Congratulations to Bradley and Julia.

Congratulations to Bradley for being awarded his MSc with distinction and Julia for winning the OMSRS summer student speaker award.

4th May 2017 - Caroline Focke joins the Iremonger lab.

Caroline will be using fibre photometry and miniscopes to record the activity of CRH neurons in vivo.

22nd March 2017 - Congratulations to Julia.

Congratulations to Julia for being awarded the best Biomedical Sciences summer student project as well as a University of Otago MSc scholarship.

2nd February 2017 - Hot off the T-shirt printing press.

Avaliable in tdTomato or GCaMP6f.

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5th January 2017 - Betina's image makes it into the 2017 BMS Calendar.

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16th December 2016 - Lottery Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Congratulations to Joon for being awarded both a Division of Health Sciences and Lottery Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Unfortunately you only get to keep one!

9th December 2016 - Neurological Foundation of New Zealand Funding Awarded.

Funding from the Neurological Foundation has been awarded to study how stress networks function in vivo (click for link here).

2nd November 2016 - Bradley gets 2nd place in OMSRS student speaker awards.

Well done to Bradley who gave a great talk on his endocannabinoid research at the Otago Medical School Research Society (OMSRS) presentations the other night.

26th October 2016 - Article on stress and anxiety in North and South Magazine.

A nice article that Greg Anderson and myself contributed to (click for link here).

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27th July 2016 - Just a nice picture of the PVN.

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1st July 2016 - Health Research Council funding awarded.

Funding has been awarded for a collaborative research project led by Greg Anderson to study the effects of the neuropeptide RFRP-3 on stress and anxiety. Follow this link for a summary of all the research projects funded from investigators in the Centre for Neuroendocrinology (click link here).

1st June 2016 - Joon Kim joins the Iremonger lab.

Joon will be working on a project using fiber photometry to image the activity of CRH neurons in vivo.

29th February 2016 - Julia Gouws joins the Iremonger lab.

Julia will be working on a project using GCaMP6f to image the activity of CRH neurons in vitro.

18th January 2016 - Thibault Bittar joins the Iremonger lab.

Thibault is a MSc student from The University of Bordeaux who will be working in the lab for 6 months. His project will focus on understanding the dendritic and axonal structure of CRH neurons.

16th November 2015 - Effects of stress on the brain.

This short video from Ted-Ed summarises the effects of stress on the brain. Worth a watch: (or click here).

7th September 2015 - Sir John Eccles Speaker for 2015- Professor Jeff Lichtman.

The Department of Physiology and the Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience research group will be hosting Professor Lichtman from October 28th-30th. Professor Lichtman will be giving a public seminar on October 28th and a research seminar on October 29th. For more information about his research, see this short video: (Link). To arrange a meeting with Professor Lichtman while he is at Otago, please contact Karl Iremonger.

18th June 2015 - Early career award for Distinction in Research.

Karl has been awarded the University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research. For the full story, follow this link University of Otago Early Career Awards

15th May 2015 - Betina Nair joins the Iremonger lab.

Betina has just joined the lab and will be working on several projects trying to understand how CRH neurons are structured and how they interact with other neurons in the PVN.

20th February 2015 - Bradley Jamieson joins the Iremonger lab.

Bradley has just joined the lab and will be working on a project determining how neuropeptides released within the PVN regulate GABAergic inhibition onto CRH neurons.

2nd December 2014 - The Prime Minister's Science Prizes awarded.

Karl has been awarded the The Prime Minister's MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize for 2014. To find out more about what the prize was awarded for, follow this link to the Prime Minister's Science Prize website

20th November 2014 - Sir Charles Hercus Research Fellowship Success.

Karl has been awarded one of two Sir Charles Hercus Research Fellowships from the Health Research Council. This will provide research funding and salary support for four years.

3rd November 2014 - Marsden Fast Start Funding awarded to the lab.

We have been awarded 3 years of Marsden funding to study how the neuropeptide oxytocin regulates stress circuits in the hypothalamus. This project is a collaboration with Professor Valery Grinevich at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

1st October 2014 - Iremonger lab goes live.

The Iremonger lab is now up and running. We are part of the Centre for Neuroendocrinology here in the Department of Physiology, University of Otago. Positions are available in the lab, so please contact us.