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Dr. Mitchell A. Head

Iwi: Tainui, Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Naho

Qualifications: BSc, MSc(Research), PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Neuroscience

Consciousness

Rongoā Māori

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- Biomedical development of novel psychoactive therapeutics derived from taonga species, in collaboration with iwi and Māori businesses.

- Neural engineering

- Optimum states of consciousness

- Brain-machine interfaces

- Neurofeedback

Recent Publications:



Acute Hypophagia and Changes in c-Fos Immunoreactivity in Adolescent Rats Treated with Low Doses of Oxytocin and Naltrexone
MA Head, LK McColl, A Klockars, AS Levine, PK Olszewski
Journal of Clinical Medicine 11 (1), 59

2022
Effect of combination of peripheral oxytocin and naltrexone at subthreshold doses on food intake, body weight and feeding-related brain gene expression in male rats
MA Head, AS Levine, DG Christian, A Klockars, PK Olszewski
Physiology & Behavior

2021
Impact of Gut and Metabolic Hormones on Feeding Reward
A Klockars, AS Levine, MA Head, CE Perez-Leighton, CM Kotz, PK Olszewski
Comprehensive Physiology 11 (2), 1425-1447

2021
Effects of opioid receptor ligands in rats trained to discriminate 22 from 2 hours of food deprivation suggest a lack of opioid involvement in eating for hunger
DC Jewett, A Klockars, TR Smith, C Brunton, MA Head, RL Tham, AJ Kwilasz, TW Hahn, JM Wiebelhaus, EE Ewan, RM Carroll, MK Grace, AS Levine, PK Olszewski
Behavioural brain research 380, 112369

2020
Effect of oxytocin on hunger discrimination
MA Head, DC Jewett, SN Gartner, A Klockars, AS Levine, PK Olszewski
Frontiers in Endocrinology 1016

2019

About Mitchell

Te Kotahi Research Institute, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori

The interface of neuroscience and mātauranga Māori

Research Supervised

PhD supervision - Robin Jervis: Neurophysiological effects of a novel cannabinoid derived from a taonga species

Recent Publications

  • Head, M., & Hudson, M. (2022). Native pharmacology of consciousness: Indigenous considerations on the commercialization of psychoactive medicines derived from native entheogenic species.. In The Science of Consciousness Conference.

  • Head, M. A., McColl, L. K., Klockars, A., Levine, A. S., & Olszewski, P. K. (2022). Acute hypophagia and changes in c‐Fos immunoreactivity in adolescent rats treated with low doses of oxytocin and naltrexone. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(1). doi:10.3390/jcm11010059

  • Klockars, A., Levine, A. S., Head, M. A., Perez-Leighton, C. E., Kotz, C. M., & Olszewski, P. K. (2021). Impact of gut and metabolic hormones on feeding reward. Comprehensive Physiology, 11(2), 1425-1447. doi:10.1002/cphy.c190042

  • Head, M. A., Levine, A. S., Christian, D. G., Klockars, A., & Olszewski, P. K. (2021). Effect of combination of peripheral oxytocin and naltrexone at subthreshold doses on food intake, body weight and feeding-related brain gene expression in male rats. Physiology & Behavior, 113464. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2021.113464

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]