Japan Partnering Award. Regulatory mechanisms of parental behaviour by neuropeptides and neurosteroids

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: The Roslin Institute

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Publications

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Description Designed primers for qPCR and insitu hybridisation to measure changes in gene expression in the brain of birds during nest building and maternal behaviour in birds. Leads on to understanding the neuroendocrine control of parental behaviour.
HPLC to measure neurosteroids in the brain during nest building and maternal behaviour in birds has been completed.
Behavioural testing of birds experiencing early life stress has been completed.
Developed strong collaboration with Japan and other laboratories within Japan. Has been attractive for PhD students and undersgraduate students to train in my laboratory. Data from this award has contributed to a PhD thesis and data has been presented at International conferences (Talks and posters). On the back of this award I was asked to host the next International Symposium of Avian Endocrinology in 2020 following a prestigious request from my Japanese colleagues in this award. There are currently 3 manuscripts in preparation. My PhD student has received laboratory training and given talks in Japan. My collaborator sent his post doc Dr Yasuko Tabori to work with me and since then she has gone on to be an independent scientist at the Laboratory of Animal Genetics and Breeding,Department of Animal Science & Biotechnology School of Veterinary Medicine, Azabu University in Tokyo; this award helped make that happen. I organised a full day workshop on Neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction in birds and this was attended by 20 people and Dr Tobari was guest speaker. She also spent time in my laboratory talking to members of my laboratory. There has been sharing of material and laboratory protocols bewteen the laboratories. A visit and workshop at Waseda University and the University of Tokyo has been arranged for Mrch and April 2019. 3 members of my lab are going including a PhD student who will give a talk. Through this award I have also established new collaboration at the Univerity of Tokyo.
Exploitation Route Same direction, Ongoing studies and manuscripts in preparation. training and international collaboration.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Other

 
Description Data from collaborative projects on the Japan partnering award have been used in invited talks and presented at international conferences (Talks/posters).Information also used in public engagement activities and spawned other collaborative research discussions with Industry. Eg Petersime and Greengage.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Deputy Chair BBSRC Response Mode Panel A
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description BBSRC DTP PhD Studentship
Amount £90,000 (GBP)
Organisation East of Scotland BioScience (EastBio) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 10/2019
 
Description Identification of the photoreceptor for light detection in the avian brain
Amount £246,909 (GBP)
Funding ID RPG-2016-392 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Research grant
Amount £47,083 (GBP)
Organisation National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 06/2016 
End 12/2019
 
Description Summer Vacation studentship
Amount £1,200 (GBP)
Organisation British Poultry Science 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description Summer vacation scholarships
Amount £1,200 (GBP)
Organisation British Poultry Science 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 07/2015
 
Description Summer vacation studentship
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation British Society for Neuroendocrinology 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 08/2016
 
Description Summer vacation studentship
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation British Society for Neuroendocrinology 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description Summer vacation studentship
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Society for Reproduction and Fertility 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Global
Start 06/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description Summer vacation studentship
Amount £600 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 07/2015
 
Description Summer vacation studentship
Amount £600 (GBP)
Organisation University of Edinburgh 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 08/2015
 
Description Dr Karen Spencer 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Department School of Psychology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution data generation. Supervision of EastBio DTP student
Collaborator Contribution data generation. Supervision of EastBio DTP student
Impact Presentations at conferences. Training and mentorship of PhD student.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Dr Tyler Stevenson 
Organisation University of Aberdeen
Department School of Biological Sciences Aberdeen
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Won collaborative grant: The Leverhulme Trust (2016-2019) "Identification of the photoreceptor for light detection in the avian brain" Data generation.
Collaborator Contribution Won collaborative grant: The Leverhulme Trust (2016-2019) "Identification of the photoreceptor for light detection in the avian brain" Data generation.
Impact Data generation. Won collaborative grant: The Leverhulme Trust (2016-2019) "Identification of the photoreceptor for light detection in the avian brain"
Start Year 2016
 
Description Effects of early life stress on behaviour and physiology in birds Dr Spencer 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Department School of Computer Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise, intellectual input and access to facilities.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise, intellectual input and access to facilities.
Impact EastBio Studentship
Start Year 2015
 
Description Modulation of the Adrenocortical Responses to Perturbations of the Environment 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Department UC Davis College of Biological Sciences
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Wrote grant funded by the National Science Foundation
Collaborator Contribution Wrote grant funded by the National Science Foundation
Impact 1. Krause, J. S., Pérez, J. H., Meddle, S.L. & Wingfield, J. C. (2017) Effects of short-term fasting on stress physiology, body condition, and locomotor activity in wintering white-crowned sparrows. Physiol. Behav. (submitted 29 Nov 2016, under revision).
Start Year 2016
 
Description Neurosteroid regulation of avian maternal behaviour Prof Tsutsui 
Organisation Tokyo Women's Medical University
Department Twins - Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Biomedical Sciences
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise, intellectual input and access to facilities.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise, intellectual input and access to facilities.
Impact Secured BBSRC Japan partnering award Davies S, Lane S, Meddle SL, Tsutsui K & Deviche P (2016) The ecological and physiological bases of variation in the phenology of gonad growth in an urban and desert songbird. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. 230-231:17-25. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.03.013.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Prof Sue Healy, The University of St Andrews 
Organisation University of St Andrews
Department School of Biology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Long term collaborator. Share east BioDTP.
Collaborator Contribution collaboration in data generation.
Impact BBSRC response mode grants. East BioDTP. Publications.
 
Description Prof. J. Wingfield, UC Davis, USA. 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Won National Science Foundation, USA 3 year Research Grant (2016-2019) "Modulation of the Adrenocortical Responses to Perturbations of the Environment". Co-Investigator. Grant jointly held with Prof. J. Wingfield, UC Davis, USA. Ongoing data collection, publications and talks
Collaborator Contribution won National Science Foundation, USA 3 year Research Grant (2016-2019) "Modulation of the Adrenocortical Responses to Perturbations of the Environment". Co-Investigator. Grant jointly held with Prof. J. Wingfield, UC Davis, USA.Ongoing data collection, publications and talks
Impact Publications and training of post docs and PhD students. Presentations workshops and conference organisation.
 
Description 2017 Seminar: "Neuroendocrine and environmental interactions underlying reproductive behaviour in birds" The Institute of Biological & Environmental Sciences, The University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk given at the university and discussions with academics. Has inspired future collaborations with the University of Aberdeen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 2017 Speaker: "Rat as a model for studying behaviour" 2nd Edinburgh Rat Genetics Workshop, University of Edinburgh. 17th November, 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 2017 Speaker: "Rat as a model for studying behaviour" 2nd Edinburgh Rat Genetics Workshop, University of Edinburgh. 17th November, 2017.Provided information regarding behavioural equipment and uses at the Roslin Institute.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BBSRC Japan Partnering Workshop on Neuroendocrine Control of Reproduction 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Japan Partnering Workshop. Invited speaker from Japan. Engaged with staff, post graduate students and undergraduate students. 20 People attended and presented. Much discussion and plans made for further collaboration and visits to Japan in 2019. In addition talks surrounding future careers for post docs and PhD students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Edinburgh University student Zoological Society Guest lecturer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Edinburgh University student Zoological Society Guest lecturer. Talked about my research "Breeding Birds: Adaptations to reproducing in an unpredictable environment" and women in STEM. Lots of good discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Industry Insights Day for Women in STEM 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Opportunity for female undergraduate students considering a career in academia to be inspired by women in STEM. Talk and Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School Visit (Dunbar primary School) summer school workshop "Animals Inside and Out" for disadvantaged children 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Animals Inside out. Summer workshop for disadvantaged school pupils at Dunbar Primary School about animals. 15 school pupils aged 8 to 10.
The school reported a keen interest by the pupils and a request was received to run the workshop again next year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar: "Neuroendocrine and environmental interactions underlying reproductive behaviour in birds" The Department of Zoology and Physiology, The University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar: "Neuroendocrine and environmental interactions underlying reproductive behaviour in birds" The Department of Zoology and Physiology, The University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA. Inspired women in STEm. This has sparked an exchange partnership between University of Wyoming and Roslin. I hosted a visiting group composed of undergraduate students in Jan 2018 from University of Wyoming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar: "Neuroendocrine and environmental interactions underlying reproductive behaviour in birds" The University of Exeter, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar: "Neuroendocrine and environmental interactions underlying reproductive behaviour in birds" The University of Exeter, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017