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  • Electrophysiological recording techniques
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    Dr Susan Jones

    University Position
    Associate Professor


    My interest is cellular and synaptic neurophysiology and pharmacology in the mammalian brain, and how they contribute to behaviour and neuronal plasticity. I currently work on kisspeptin neurons (in collaboration with Professor Bill Colledge ), involved in sexual and reproductive behaviour, and amygdala neurons (in collaboration with prof David Belin), which are important in plasticity mechanisms in models of substance abuse disorders. I have a long-standing interest in dopaminergic neurons.

    Key Publications

    Sex-Specific Effects of a Maternal Obesogenic Diet High in Fat and Sugar on Offspring Adiposity, Growth, and Behavior

    Journal: Nutrients
    E-pub date: 29 Oct 2023
    Authors: EJ Mort, S Heritage, S Jones, AL Fowden, EJ Camm

    Characterization of Identified Dopaminergic Neurons in the Mouse Forebrain and Midbrain

    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2023
    Authors: MYH Lau, S Gadiwalla, S Jones, E Galliano

    NR2B- and NR2D-containing synaptic NMDA receptors in developing rat substantia nigra pars compacta dopaminergic neurones.

    Journal: J Physiol
    E-pub date: 1 Feb 2008
    Authors: SLC Brothwell, JL Barber, DT Monaghan, DE Jane, AJ Gibb, S Jones

    Synaptic plasticity and drug addiction.

    Journal: Curr Opin Pharmacol
    E-pub date: 1 Feb 2005
    Authors: S Jones, A Bonci

    Amphetamine blocks long-term synaptic depression in the ventral tegmental area.

    Journal: J Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2000
    Authors: S Jones, JL Kornblum, JA Kauer

    Nicotinic receptors in the brain: correlating physiology with function.

    Journal: Trends Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 Dec 1999
    Authors: S Jones, S Sudweeks, JL Yakel


    Age and an obesogenic diet affect mouse behaviour in a sex-dependent manner.

    Journal: Eur J Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 Jul 2023
    Authors: EJ Mort, S Fordington, S Heritage, AL Fowden, S Jones, EJ Camm

    A new villain in neuronal death.

    Journal: Science
    E-pub date: 9 Oct 2020
    Authors: S Jones

    Mapping neuronal inputs to Kiss1 neurons in the arcuate nucleus of the mouse.

    Journal: PLoS One
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2019
    Authors: S-H Yeo, V Kyle, C Blouet, S Jones, WH Colledge

    Calpain inhibition reduces NMDA receptor rundown in rat substantia nigra dopamine neurons.

    Journal: Neuropharmacology
    E-pub date: 15 Jul 2018
    Authors: J Zhao, M Baudry, S Jones

    Memantine block depends on agonist presentation at the NMDA receptor in substantia nigra pars compacta dopamine neurones.

    Journal: Neuropharmacology
    E-pub date: 1 Oct 2013
    Authors: AR Wild, E Akyol, SLC Brothwell, P Kimkool, JN Skepper, AJ Gibb, S Jones

    Clorgyline-mediated reversal of neurological deficits in a Complexin 2 knockout mouse.

    Journal: Hum Mol Genet
    E-pub date: 1 Sep 2010
    Authors: D Glynn, HE Gibson, MK Harte, K Reim, S Jones, GP Reynolds, AJ Morton

    Functional heterogeneity of NMDA receptors in rat substantia nigra pars compacta and reticulata neurones.

    Journal: Eur J Neurosci
    E-pub date: 31 Aug 2010
    Authors: F Suárez, Q Zhao, DT Monaghan, DE Jane, S Jones, AJ Gibb

    Bradykinin excites rat sympathetic neurons by inhibition of M current through a mechanism involving B2 receptors and G alpha q/11.

    Journal: Neuron
    E-pub date: 1 Feb 1995
    Authors: S Jones, DA Brown, G Milligan, E Willer, NJ Buckley, MP Caulfield

    Muscarinic M‐current inhibition via G alpha q/11 and alpha‐adrenoceptor inhibition of Ca2+ current via G alpha o in rat sympathetic neurones.

    Journal: The Journal of Physiology
    E-pub date: 15 Jun 1994
    Authors: MP Caulfield, S Jones, Y Vallis, NJ Buckley, GD Kim, G Milligan, DA Brown

    Zn2+ potentiates ATP-activated currents in rat sympathetic neurons.

    Journal: Pflugers Arch
    E-pub date: 1 Jul 1993
    Authors: R Cloues, S Jones, DA Brown