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Professor Simon Brookes will discuss his research on sensory neurons that innervate the viscera.
This seminar will discuss how extrinsic sensory neurons that innervate visceral structures are not so well understood, largely because of the greater complexity of this automonic innervation. Professor Brookes' research team has aimed to redress this imbalance by identifying various sectors of sensory neurons that innervate the viscera.
Professor Brookes is Associate Dean of Medical Science and Technology. He heads a small research group, funded largely by NHMRC project grants. His research focuses on how nerve cells work together in simple circuits to give coordinated control of the visceral organs and how they go wrong in disease. He has specific interests in how autonomic nerve cells give rise to the motor activity of the gastrointestinal tract and how visceral sensory neurons mediate sensations from the gut, ranging from fullness to pain.