Endocrine Physiology Laboratory
The research focus of this laboratory is the endocrine control of salt and fluid homeostasis. Specifically peptide hormones antidiuretic hormone (ADH), angiotensin II (AII) and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) have been the major areas of interest, particularily in relation to renal function, cardiovascular control and body fluid compartmentalisation.
Much of the work is based upon the use of specific and sensitive radioimmunoassay (RIA) systems in birds. Current and future projects include investigation into the sexual dimorphism of osmoregulatory hormones and the physiological interactions of osmoregulatory hormones at the afferent and efferent levels.
Dr Manette Marais