Jeff Brunton

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The thalamic reticular nucleus (RTN) is the major source of inhibitory contacts in the thalamus and thus plays an important role in regulating the excitability of the thalamocortical network. Inhibition occurs through GABAergic synapses on relay cells as well as through GABAergic synapses between reticularis neurons themselves. Here we report that the role(More)
Opioidergic inhibition of neurons in the centrolateral nucleus of the thalamus was investigated using an in vitro thalamic slice preparation from young rats. The mu-opioid receptor agonist D-Ala2,N-Me-Phe4,glycinol5-enkephalin (DAMGO) evoked a hyperpolarization and decrease in input resistance that was reversible, concentration-dependent, and persisted in(More)
The thalamic reticular nucleus receives afferents from the dorsal thalamus, cortex and brainstem, and projects back onto most cortically projecting thalamic nuclei thus playing a key role in the synchronization of the thalamocortical network. Although this nucleus was initially thought to consist of a homogeneous population of cells using GABA as a(More)
The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is expressed in human adipocytes and is transiently induced during early adipogenesis in mesenchymal progenitor cell models. VDR null mice exhibit enhanced energy expenditure and reduced adiposity even when fed high fat diets. Adipocyte-specific transgenic-expression of human VDR in mice enhances adipose tissue mass, indicating(More)
SETTING Although an important part of the evidence base in health, systematic reviews are not always easy to find. Difficulties are compounded when interventions under review are "social and environmental" (that is, targeting wider determinants of health). The authors explored searches from a descriptive map containing thirty-two systematic reviews(More)
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