2. Guest Lecturer - Dr Kirsty Walters
Dr Kitsty Walters
| Dr Kirsty Walters is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, specialising in the field of female reproduction and ovarian function.
Dr Walters was awarded her PhD in 2005 from Edinburgh University, Scotland, and was then recruited by the ANZAC Research Institute (ARI) to undertake a post-doctoral position investigating the role androgens play in regulating female reproduction and physiology. In February 2016 the UNSW recruited her to head up the Ovarian Biology Laboratory based in the Wallace Wurth, which forms part of the world-leading biomedical precinct at UNSW.
Dr Walters’ research involves using customized genetic mouse models in combination with clinical samples and trials to dissect out the fundamental mechanisms regulating female reproduction and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In particular, her research has focused on understanding the role androgens play in regulating female fertility and PCOS. Findings from this research will identify therapeutic targets for improved treatment of female infertility and the wide range of health issues associated with PCOS, including obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk.
Walters Lecture Slides
An Introduction to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Mouse Model
Caldwell ASL, Edwards MC, Desai R, Jimenez M, Gilchrist RB, Handelsman DJ & Walters KA. (2017). Neuroendocrine androgen action is a key extraovarian mediator in the development of polycystic ovary syndrome. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. , 114, E3334-E3343. PMID: 28320971 DOI.
|| Experimental design
For this study, PCOS was induced in wild-type, global, neuron-specific, and granulosa cell-specific androgen receptor knockout mice by s.c. inserting dihydrotestosterone implants in the mice for 3 mo. Control mice were implanted with blank implants.
Body weight, estrous cycling, blood pressure, fasting glucose, oral glucose tolerance, and insulin tolerance were assessed before collection of serum and tissues at 16 wk of age.
Dihydrotestosterone - The hormonally active form of testosterone (male sex hormone) produced by enzyme (5-alpha reductase) conversion. In the male embryo, this can occur in the genital skin which then supports external genital development. In the adult, this conversion occurs in a number of different tissues. A known treatment for prostate cancer include 5-alpha reductase inhibitors.
Walters KA, Edwards MC, Tesic D, Caldwell ASL, Jimenez M, Smith JT & Handelsman DJ. (2018). The Role of Central Androgen Receptor Actions in Regulating the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis. Neuroendocrinology , 106, 389-400. PMID: 29635226 DOI.
Leloup-Hatey J, Baloche S & Jolivet-Jaudet G. (1988). [Changes in corticosterone and aldosterone concentrations in various tissues of Xenopus laevis tadpoles during the metamorphosis]. C. R. Seances Soc. Biol. Fil. , 182, 354-60. PMID: 2977958 1
Bertoldo MJ, Walters KA, Ledger WL, Gilchrist RB, Mermillod P & Locatelli Y. (2018). In-vitro regulation of primordial follicle activation: challenges for fertility preservation strategies. Reprod. Biomed. Online , , . PMID: 29503209 DOI.
Upton DH, Walters KA, McTavish KJ, Holt J, Handelsman DJ & Allan CM. (2018). Reproductive failure in mice expressing transgenic follicle-stimulating hormone is not caused by loss of oocyte quality. Biol. Reprod. , 98, 491-500. PMID: 29365049 DOI.
Walters KA & Handelsman DJ. (2017). Role of androgens in the ovary. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. , , . PMID: 28687450 DOI.
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