John F. Morris

John F. Morris

Stipendiary Lecturer




1964 BSc Anatomy (Bristol)

1967 MB, ChB (Bristol)

1974 MD Bristol

1975-6 Fogarty International Fellow; Dartmouth College, USA

1977- Wellcome-Franks Medical Fellow & Tutor; St Hugh's College, Oxford

1993- Examiner and Lecturer for Royal College of Surgeons, London

2006-2010 Director of Preclinical Studies, University of Oxford

Research Interests

Neuroendocrinology; the hypothalamus. 

Study of the way in which hypothalamic peptidergic and aminergic neurons influence the anterior and posterior pituitary, and neurons locally within the hypothalamus and in other parts of the central nervous system. The ultrastructure of peptidergic neurons and the dendritic and axonal release of neuropeptides.


Human Anatomy and Development

Endocrinology, Neurology, Neuroendocrinology

Ultrastructural research on neuroendocrine systems

Awards and Distinctions

1975-6 Fogarty International Fellow

1994-7 Chair British Society for Neuroendocrinology

2001  Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences

2002-4 President, Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

2001-15 Visiting Professor Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine & Showa University Medical School

2010 Emeritus Professor of Human Anatomy, Oxford

Recent Publications

Morris JF (2020) Neurosecretory vesicles: structure, distribution, release, and breakdown. In Neurosecretion: Secretory mechanisms. Eds Lemos JR & Dyanithi, G, Springer.

Kawakami N et al (2021) Variation in pro-vasopressin processing in parvocellular and magnocellular neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus: Evidence from the vasopressin-related glycopeptide copeptin. J Comp Neurol 529:1372-90.