The sensory nervous system enables us to detect, interpret and experience the world around us and within us.
These senses are encoded by a complex architecture of neurons, they support cells in our body tissues and are conveyed to the brain through dedicated neural circuits.
Encompassing the eye, internal organs and the skeletal system, our researchers investigate the anatomy and physiology of our sensory nervous system, including how diseases impact on these fundamental processes.
We have established links with clinicians, pharmaceutical companies and bioengineers. This means, our research leads to treatments for vision impairment, chronic pain and chronic cough. Our key areas of focus are:
• Ocular development
• Retinal function and
• Sensations from the pelvic organs, skeletal system and lungs
Fletcher laboratory: Visual neuroscience
Research Group Leader: Professor Erica Fletcher
Ivanusic laboratory: Pain and sensory mechanisms
Research Group Leader: Associate Professor Jason Ivanusic
Keast & Osborne laboratory: Neural and Bioelectronic Control of Pelvic Organs
Research Group Leaders: Professor Janet Keast and Dr Peregrine Osborne
Mazzone laboratory: Respiratory Sensory Neuroscience
Research Group Leader: Professor Stuart Mazzone
Robb De Iongh Laboratory: Ocular Development Laboratory
Research Group Leader: Associate Professor Robb de longh