Dr Phillip ( Phil ) Jobling
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School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
The University of Newcastle, Australia
|Office||MS406, Medical Sciences|
- PhD, University of Queensland, 1994
- Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 2007
- Master of Science, University of Melbourne, 1992
- Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1987
- Autonomic Nervous System
- Pain and Sensory Dysfunction
My research centres on the structure and function of nerves which control our internal organs. This includes, the sensory neurons which give us information on the state of our internal organs, and the autonomic neurons which modify organ function. We are interested in how autonomic neurons receive information from other parts of the nervous system and how they process this information before sending signals to the final target organ. At present we are focusing on control of the female reproductive tract using a number of animal models. To study these complex nervous pathways we use a combination of electrical recording techniques, to monitor the activity of individual neurons, and anatomical techniques to visualise the shape and chemical content of neurons.
The major aim of our research is to build a picture of the types of neurons which are important in pelvic organ function and the nature of the chemical signals which neurons use to communicate with each other. This knowledge will be crucial to the design of therapies aimed at combating the wide range of diseases which involve perturbations of the autonomic and sensory nervous systems. Such maladies include incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and chronic pelvic pain.
Fields of Research
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Centres and Groups
- Hunter Medical Research Institute
- PRC - Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health (CTNMH)
Committee/Associations (relevant to research).
- State Representitive (2002, 2003) - Australian Neuroscience Society
Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship
One of very few recipients of these very competitive fellowships.
I interact with students in a wide range of programs including Biomedical Science, Medicine, the Health Sciences and Education. Topics include: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology, Neuroscience, Sports Science and Histology. A number of students also undertake research projects within my laboratory.