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Dr Julie TownsendB.Sc., Ph.D.(Nott.)

Senior Teaching Fellow

Julie Townsend

Dr Julie TownsendB.Sc., Ph.D.(Nott.)

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Research interests

Investigations on the intra-pituitary control of fertility, with particular reference to the role of the associations between gonadotroph, lactotroph and folliculostellate cells in seasonally breeding species.

Investigations on prolactin action within the brain: how this may regulate the activity of neuronal circuits involved in the control of fertility.


Research keywords

  • Pituitary
  • gonadotrophins
  • neuroendocrinology


Research findings

  • Signal transduction pathways and neuronal mechanisms underlying the central effects of PRL on the control of fertility.
  • Intra-pituitary fertility control.



Paracrine mechanisms underlying the intra-pituitary regulation of fertility.



  • Jetlag in the horse: Neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying the effects of transmeridian flying on equine performance.

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Postal address:
Centre for Applied Anatomy
Southwell Street
United Kingdom