The research groups in the field of Neuroendocrinology study the interactions between the central nervous system and hormonal systems. We have three main research fields focussing on reproduction, stress, and aging, each offering a number of projects boasting a wide range of laboratory techniques. Regarding reproduction, we focus on the roles of various neuropeptide systems, such as kisspeptin, RFRP-3 and the melanocortins, as well as oestrogen signalling in the control of sexual behaviour and fertility and their possible impact on infertility. We are also interested in the impact of stress on physiological systems, particularly reproduction and the propensity to become obese, as well as the mechanisms by which stress responses are suppressed or enhanced during these phases of life. In the field of aging, we are interested in the regulation of adult neural stem cells by stress and stress hormones (glucocorticoids) and the implications for brain repair.