How the Head rules the Heart: fishing in the ocean of chemical neuroanatomy
Chemical messengers transmitting signals between cells and tissues of the body underlie all our complex behaviours and functions and are responsible for maintaining an optimal physiological state. About 50 years ago the number of substances known to act as messengers (neurotransmitters) between nerve cells within the brain and spinal cord could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Then over the next two decades there was an explosion of research to identify and characterise new neuroactive substances and the distinction between transmitters and hormones and the roles they played became increasingly blurred.
Professor Batten has been engaged in research for over 40 years identifying and investigating the function of chemical messengers, starting with his PhD work on the regulation of hormone secretion from the pituitary gland in fishes to latterly elucidating the neurotransmitters responsible for controlling the heart and blood pressure in higher animals. His inaugural lecture will aim to draw together common links underlying the physiological processes he has studied and highlight some examples and opportunities leading to translation of basic scientific research into treatment of human diseases.
The event will begin with refreshments at 5.30pm, and the professorial lecture will begin at 6pm. Following the lecture, there will be a warm buffet and drinks reception until 8pm. All welcome.
About Professor Trevor Batten
Trevor Batten did his PhD at the University of Sheffield, researching into the comparative anatomy and physiology of the pituitary gland in lower vertebrate species. He then did a Postdoc at the University of Liverpool studying the release of gonadotropic hormones from the mammalian pituitary gland before returning to Sheffield to undertake a further Postdoc in neuroendocrinology.
His research interests lie within the broad area of neurohormonal regulation of bodily systems and have involved collaborations with researchers in Belgium, France, Turkey, USA and Australia. He has supervised over 20 PhD, MSc(Res) and MD students to completion and acted as external PhD examiner at several Universities in the UK, Belgium and Australia.