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Department of Biosciences

Academic Staff

Dr S Pyner, BSc(Hons) PhD

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41346
Fax: +44-191-334 1201

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The ability of the brain to change the pattern of sympathetic activity to the heart and selected vascular beds is crucial to an animal's survival and is the basis of cardiovascular homeostasis. Underlying this differential activation is a topographical organisation of neurones related to function within the brain nuclei responsible for cardiovascular regulation. My work combines neuroanatomical and immunocytochemical methods to map and characterise the neurones underpinning the differential activation of the autonomic nervous system.
Sympathetic preganglionic neurones (labelled with cholera B horeradish peroxidase) in the intermediolateral cell column of the rat spinal cord.

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Research Groups

  • Animal Cells and Systems

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular regulation and neuroanatomy
  • Tracing studies and immunocytochemical analysis of brain regions involved in cardiovascular regulation


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