Dr Paul Austin

Lecturer
Anatomy & Histology, School of Medical Sciences

Telephone +61 2 9351 5061

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Research interests

Dr. Austin is a lecturer in the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology. His main research interest is in understanding and treating chronic neuropathic pain. Dr. Austin's research examines both peripheral neuro-immune and central neuroplastic processes which contribute to the complex symptoms of this debilitating condition. In terms of the CNS work on plasticity, Dr Austin's previous research on Parkinson's disease has influenced his current research program in understanding the role of dopamine in the affective aspects of neuropathic pain.

Teaching and supervision

Dr. Austin teaches neuroanatomy and neuroscience to medical, medical science and science students in the form of both lecturers and wet labs. His areas of teaching expertise are in basal ganglia anatomy and dysfunction, as well as sensory pathways, in particular those of the nociceptive system. Dr. Austin also runs a special seminar series on the neuro-immune interactions that contribute to neuropathic pain.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Austin, P., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2013). Animal Models of Neuropathic Pain Due to Nerve Injury. In Paul M Pilowsky, Melissa M J Farnham, Angelina Y Fong (Eds.), Stimulation and Inhibition of Neurons, (pp. 239-260). New York: Springer Science + Business Media.
  • Austin, P., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2013). Pathophysiology of neuropathic pain: inflammatory mediators. In Cory Toth, Dwight E. Moulin (Eds.), Neuropathic Pain: Causes, Management, and Understanding, (pp. 77-89). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Broadstock, M., Austin, P., Betts, M., Duty, S. (2012). Antiparkinsonian potential of targeting group III metabotropic glutamate receptor subtypes in the rodent substantia nigra pars reticulata. British Journal of Pharmacology, 165(4b), 1034-1045. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Wu, A., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2012). Chronic Constriction of the Sciatic Nerve and Pain Hypersensitivity Testing in Rats. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 61, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Kim, C., Perera, C., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2012). Regulatory T cells attenuate neuropathic pain following peripheral nerve injury and experimental autoimmune neuritis. Pain, 153(9), 1916-1931. [More Information]
  • Mor, D., Bembrick, A., Austin, P., Keay, K. (2011). Evidence for cellular injury in the midbrain of rats following chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 41(3), 158-169. [More Information]
  • Mor, D., Bembrick, A., Austin, P., Wyllie, P., Creber, N., Denyer, G., Keay, K. (2010). Anatomically specific patterns of glial activation in the periaqueductal gray of the sub-population of rats showing pain and disability following chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve. Neuroscience, 166(4), 1167-1184. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Beyer, K., Bembrick, A., Keay, K. (2010). Peripheral Nerve Injury Differentially Regulates Dopaminergic Pathways In The Nucleus Accumbens Of Rats With Either 'Pain Alone' Or 'Pain And Disability'. Neuroscience, 171(1), 329-343. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Betts, M., Broadstock, M., O'Neill, M., Mitchell, S., Duty, S. (2010). Symptomatic and neuroprotective effects following activation of nigral group III metabotropic glutamate receptors in rodent models of Parkinson's disease. British Journal of Pharmacology, 160(7), 1741-1753. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2010). The neuro-immune balance in neuropathic pain: involvement of inflammatory immune cells, immune-like glial cells and cytokines. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 229(1-2), 26-50. [More Information]

2013

  • Austin, P., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2013). Animal Models of Neuropathic Pain Due to Nerve Injury. In Paul M Pilowsky, Melissa M J Farnham, Angelina Y Fong (Eds.), Stimulation and Inhibition of Neurons, (pp. 239-260). New York: Springer Science + Business Media.
  • Austin, P., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2013). Pathophysiology of neuropathic pain: inflammatory mediators. In Cory Toth, Dwight E. Moulin (Eds.), Neuropathic Pain: Causes, Management, and Understanding, (pp. 77-89). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

2012

  • Broadstock, M., Austin, P., Betts, M., Duty, S. (2012). Antiparkinsonian potential of targeting group III metabotropic glutamate receptor subtypes in the rodent substantia nigra pars reticulata. British Journal of Pharmacology, 165(4b), 1034-1045. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Wu, A., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2012). Chronic Constriction of the Sciatic Nerve and Pain Hypersensitivity Testing in Rats. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 61, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Kim, C., Perera, C., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2012). Regulatory T cells attenuate neuropathic pain following peripheral nerve injury and experimental autoimmune neuritis. Pain, 153(9), 1916-1931. [More Information]

2011

  • Mor, D., Bembrick, A., Austin, P., Keay, K. (2011). Evidence for cellular injury in the midbrain of rats following chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve. Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, 41(3), 158-169. [More Information]

2010

  • Mor, D., Bembrick, A., Austin, P., Wyllie, P., Creber, N., Denyer, G., Keay, K. (2010). Anatomically specific patterns of glial activation in the periaqueductal gray of the sub-population of rats showing pain and disability following chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve. Neuroscience, 166(4), 1167-1184. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Beyer, K., Bembrick, A., Keay, K. (2010). Peripheral Nerve Injury Differentially Regulates Dopaminergic Pathways In The Nucleus Accumbens Of Rats With Either 'Pain Alone' Or 'Pain And Disability'. Neuroscience, 171(1), 329-343. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Betts, M., Broadstock, M., O'Neill, M., Mitchell, S., Duty, S. (2010). Symptomatic and neuroprotective effects following activation of nigral group III metabotropic glutamate receptors in rodent models of Parkinson's disease. British Journal of Pharmacology, 160(7), 1741-1753. [More Information]
  • Austin, P., Moalem-Taylor, G. (2010). The neuro-immune balance in neuropathic pain: involvement of inflammatory immune cells, immune-like glial cells and cytokines. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 229(1-2), 26-50. [More Information]

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