Kiwi scientists find fertility ‘switch’

A team at the University of Otago have shown how a key molecule in the brain controls ovulation. The molecule, called kisspeptin, starts a cascade of brain and hormonal responses that eventually lead to the ovaries releasing eggs.

The scientists say their findings could lead to new, targeted treatments for infertility, including drugs that can trigger ovulation without the massive injections of hormones that are now commonly used.

The research was published 27 Aug in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience.

Journal of Neuroscience – online abstract

University of Otago press release