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Name Dr Allison Fulford
Job title Senior Teaching Fellow
Department Centre for Applied Anatomy University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc(CNAA), PhD(Nott)
Professional details
Keywords stress
hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis
stress axis
endocrine
nervous systems
stress response
mood disorders
Areas of expertise My research interests lie with the body's response to stress. I study features of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA, or stress axis), the major point of interaction between the endocrine and nervous systems and of critical importance in mediating the stress response.

A large part of my work concentrates on how the stress response changes during development. For instance, studies are underway into the role of monamines released in the central nervous system. Monomines, a class of neurotransmitter that includes catecholamines (adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine) and serotonin, have been implicated in a variety of mood disorders and hence characterising their properties and action in the brain will allow for greater understanding of conditions such as bipolar disorder and depression.