How sensory signals are detected: Structure function relationships in peripheral sensory nerve terminals

Lead Researcher Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor James Brock +61 3 8344 5811 Personal web page

Project Details

Peripherally located small diameter sensory nerve terminals are critical for coding pain and changes in temperature, but our current lack of understanding of how they work limits our ability to target specific therapies associated with these sensory modalities. This study uses a combination of electrophysiological recording, neuroanatomical tracing, immunohistochemistry and high resolution confocal microscopy to provide new insights into how sensory signals are transformed into action potentials in sensory nerve terminals that code for pain and changes in temperature.


Nicole Kerr,  Research Assistant

Research Group

Brock laboratory: Autonomic and sensory neuroscience

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Biomedical Neuroscience, Cell Signalling, Cellular Imaging & Structural Biology

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Anatomy and Neuroscience

Unit / Centre

Brock laboratory: Autonomic and sensory neuroscience