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Massey University's Endocrinology Research Laboratory uses radioimmunoassay and ELISA methods to measure hormones and other biological compounds for commercial clients, in collaborative research projects, and for student and staff projects.
We develop methods to measure hormones in a wide range of biological samples. We contribute to study design, data analysis, interpretation of results and manuscript preparation and publication.
We undertake collaborative research in endocrinology with colleagues in New Zealand and overseas. Collaborations often involve the shipment of samples to our laboratory, and we also contribute to projects where samples are assayed overseas.
Current research interests include:
Our ELISA and radioimmunoassay methods measure hormone concentrations in human endocrinology studies, and we have measured human salivary and plasma melatonin. Our methods measure concentrations of a wide range of biologically important compounds.
For example we have used our expertise in these methods to measure serum concentrations of six biomarkers of bone and cartilage function in horses. We analysed data from this study and used principal components analysis to derive factor scores that could distinguish between groups of horses that could not be distinguished from individual biomarker concentrations alone.
For more information about our research activity, click on individual researchers' names below.
Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099 ext. 85126
Professor Cockrem's research considers responses of animals, especially birds, to changes in their environment. His comparative endocrinology research began with his PhD studies at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He has considered topics ranging from fundamental studies of physiological mechanisms to the development of practical conservation methods for New Zealand birds. Study species have included Adelie and emperor penguins in Antarctica, kiwi, kakapo, tuatara and a wide range of birds and other animals. The kororā (little penguin) is now his main study species, with themes for this work including penguin biology, community science and iwi involvement.
Responses of animals to changes in their environment
Individual variation in stress responses of animals
Stress and the measurement of stress
Corticosterone in birds
Conservation of New Zealand penguins
Recognition of matauranga Māori
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Animal Physiology - Systems (060603): Animal Structure and Function (060807): Biological Sciences (060000): Comparative Physiology (060604):
Conservation and Biodiversity (050202): Ecological Applications (050100): Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101): Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211):
Animal personality, corticosterone, stress, comparative endocrinology, korora, little penguin, Adelie penguin, emperor penguin, measurement of stress hormones, ornithology
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016