• 1195 Citations
  • 16 h-Index

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Research Biography

Dr. Harrington's research is aimed at unravelling the spinal cord and brain circuits that receive sensory information from internal (visceral) organs. She then uses this information to identify remodelling of these circuits in disease states of chronic visceral pain. Her technical strengths are in in vitro and in vivo anatomy mapping, molecular localisation, microscopy and neurophysiology.

Her research is funded through the ARC and NHMRC and various industry projects. She has published her work in high-impact publications such as Nature Communications, Gastroenterology, Gut, Pain, Scientific Reports, JCI insights, Journal of Comparative Neuroscience and American Journal of Physiology.  

As the Head of the Central Pathways Projects in the Visceral Pain Group (VIPER) and based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), she leads a research team of 1 post-doc and 2 Honours students. There are PhD opportunities available.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 19 Dec 2007

Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Dec 2003

External positions

Faculty Research Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Affiliate Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

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Research Output

  • 1195 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 36 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Review article

Effects and sites of action of a M1 receptor positive allosteric modulator on colonic motility in rats and dogs compared with 5-HT4 agonism and cholinesterase inhibition

Tsukimi, Y., Pustovit, R. V., Harrington, A. M., Garcia-Caraballo, S., Brierley, S. M., Di Natale, M., Molero, J. C. & Furness, J. B., 1 Aug 2020, In : Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 32, 8, 10 p., e13866.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Activation of pruritogenic TGR5, MRGPRA3, and MRGPRC11 on colon-innervating afferents induces visceral hypersensitivity

    Castro, J., Harrington, A. M., Lieu, T., Garcia-Caraballo, S., Maddern, J., Schober, G., O'Donnell, T., Grundy, L., Lumsden, A. L., Miller, P., Ghetti, A., Steinhoff, M. S., Poole, D. P., Dong, X., Chang, L., Bunnett, N. W. & Brierley, S. M., 17 Oct 2019, In : JCI insight. 4, 20, e131712.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Linaclotide treatment reduces endometriosis-associated vaginal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia through viscerovisceral cross-talk

    Ge, P., Ren, J., Harrington, A. M., Grundy, L., Castro, J., Brierley, S. M. & Hannig, G., 1 Nov 2019, In : Pain. 160, 11, p. 2566-2579 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)


  • ARC Discovery Project 2018 DP180101395

    Harrington, Andrea (Recipient), Brierley, Stuart (Recipient), Stuart Mazzone (Recipient) & Grigori Rychkov (Recipient), 30 Mar 2018