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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 Unit, located within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), she leads a research team of 1 post-doc and students. There are PhD opportunities available.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Sites of excitatory neurotransmission in the enteric nervous system: an immunohistochemical study., 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

Affiliate Research Fellow, University of Adelaide


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  • Medical biosciences


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