Peptides of the relaxin family and the protein enzyme insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) are the major research themes of the Neuropeptides team.

The Neuropeptides division has two main areas of research - broad-ranging studies on the relaxin family of peptides/hormones and their receptors.

  • The studies are focused on determining the role of the peptides in cardiac physiology, tissue fibrosis, and brain and behaviour, and developing therapeutics based on these peptides to treat numerous diseases;
  • The second examines of the role of the enzyme, insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) in normal brain physiology and particularly in relation to cognitive disease. The study of IRAP could have implications for diseases such as Dementia.


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