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Dr Julie Townsend

B.Sc., Ph.D.(Nott.)

  • BS2 8EJ


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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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Research Output

  • 10 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

Be more vet! The development of a mental wellbeing toolbox for the undergraduate curriculum at Bristol University.

Bates, L., Slingsby, L., Grogono-Thomas, R., Townsend, J., Williams, J. & Baillie, S., 5 Jul 2017, p. 61 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

  • Photoperiodic modulation of the suppressive actions of prolactin and dopamine on the pituitary gonadotropin responses to gonadotropin-releasing hormone in sheep.

    Hodson, D., Henderson, H., Townsend, J. & Tortonese, D. J., 2012, In : Biology of Reproduction. 86, 4, p. 1-9 9 p., DOI 10.1095.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)