Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Chris Scott

Dr Chris Scott

BScAgr (hons) PhD

Dr Scott is a neuroendocrinologist with a particular interest in the brain control of the hormones of reproduction. His teaching is in human anatomy & physiology, and pathophysiology at foundational and advanced levels, as well as training research students.

Dr Scott joined CSU in 2003.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Research Officer in the Department of Physiology at Monash University.  He gained an Agricultural Science degree from Sydney University in 1988 and a PhD from Monash University in 1993.  Following this he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois before returning to Melbourne in 1996 as a Peter Doherty Fellow of the NH&MRC.  Subsequently he was awarded an NH&MRC project grant, to look at the action of testicular steroids in the brain of the male sheep.

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  • Gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH), kisspeptin & RF-amide related peptide 3 (RFRP3) in the hypothalamus of sheep, cattle, horses & dogs (With Drs Allan Gunn, Jessica Rose & Cyril Stephen)
  • The role of Glucagon-like peptide 1 in the regulation of LH secretion in the ewe (with Elizabeth Jones (D Vet Stud student), Drs Gunn & Stephen, & Prof Iain Clarke, Monash )
  • Monitoring hormone levels in captive tigers (with Joshua Sherpenhuizen (PhD student), A/Prof Raf Freire, Prof Rod Hill)


  • BMS129 & BMS130 (Physiological sciences 1 & 2).  To medial science and food& nutrition students
  • BMS191 & BMS192 (Human Bioscience 1 & 2).  To Medical radiation science, nursing and Oral Health students
  • BMS292 (Pathophysiology & pharmacology 2).  To oral health students

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Read Dr Scott's profile on CSU Research Output.

Scott CJ, Clarke IJ (1993) Evidence that changes in the regulation of GnRH secretion by preoptic GABA receptors may be involved in the seasonal changes in the negative feedback effects of estrogen on plasma LH levels in the ewe. Endocrinology 133,2904-2912.

Scott CJ, Kuehl DE, Ferreira SA, Jackson GL (1997) Hypothalamic sites of action for testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and estrogen in the regulation of luteinizing hormone secretion in male sheep. Endocrinology138, 3686-3694.

Scott CJ, Tilbrook AJ, Simmons DM, Chu S, Fuller PJ, Rawson JA, Ing N, Clarke IJ (2000) The distribution of cells containing estrogen receptor-a (ERa) and estrogen receptor-ß (ERb) mRNA in the preoptic area and hypothalamus of the sheep: comparison of males and females. Endocrinology 141, 2951-2962.

Scott CJ, Clarke IJ, Tilbrook AJ (2003) Neuronal inputs from the hypothalamus and brainstem to the medial preoptic area of the ram; differences to the ewe and neurochemical correlates. Biology of Reproduction 68, 1119-1133.

Rose JL, Hamlin AS, Scott CJ (2014) Sex differences in the expression of estrogen receptor-α within noradrenergic neurons in the sheep brainstem.  Domestic Animal Endocrinology 49, 6-13.

Kamran M, Hamlin AS, Scott CJ, Obeid HK (2015) Drying at high temperature for a short time maximizes the recovery of olive leaf biophenols.  Industrial Crops and Products 78, 29-38

McGrath BM, Scott CJ, Wynn PJ, Loy J, Norman, ST. (2016). Kisspeptin stimulates LH secretion but not ovulation in mares during vernal transition. Theriogenology86, 1566-1572.

Omar SH, Scott CJ, Hamlin A, Obied HK (2017) The protective role of plant biophenols in mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 47, 1-20

Scott CJ, Rose JL, Gunn AJ, McGrath BM (2018) Kisspeptin and the regulation of the reproductive axis in domestic animals.  Journal of Endocrinology 240: R1-R16

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