Professor Gary Housley

Fields of research: Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases, Animal Physiology - Cell

Contact Details

Phone: +61 2 9385 1057


Research Interests: Broadly, our aim is to translate discoveries about transmembrane receptor and ion channel signal transduction, into new platforms for treatment of neurological disorders. Our research program focuses on neuroprotection and repair in sensori-motor pathways. A principal area of research concerns the molecular and cellular basis of hearing loss (auditory neuroscience), where we investigate cell signalling that contributes to sensory hair cell and neuronal death due to noise and aging. Study of neural development and synaptic plasticity in the auditory system informs on gene-targets for neural repair. This research has an applied arm with respect to bionics such as the cochlear implant, and more broadly in developing neural interfaces with the brain.

Within the brain, we are investigating neural plasticity associated with driven input ( e.g. via the cochlear implant) and mechanisms for protection and repair of the nervous system (such as ischaemic brain injury, a model of stroke). Hearing loss is the most prominent sensory disability in our society. Stroke is the third highest killer and the most disabling for survivors. Our work is supported by national and international collaborations and funding.

Broad Research Areas:
Physiology, Neuroscience, ENT, Neurology, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Assoc. Editor Positions:, - Autonomic Neuroscience Basic & Clinical (2010 - 2013), - Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (JARO)(2005 - 2007), , Guest Editor Positions:, - Purinergic Signalling(2010), , Editorial Boards:, - Purinergic Signalling (2004 - present), - Audiology & Neuro-Otology (1998 - present ), - Current Opinion in Central and Peripheral Nervous System Drugs (1998 - 2001), , Society Membership:, Australian Neuroscience Society, Australian Physiological Society, Society for Neuroscience (U.S.A, Association for Research in Otolaryngology (U.S.A.), Collegium Otorhinolarngologicium Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS)

Specific Research Keywords:
Brain Sciences, Neuroscience, Sensory Mechanisms, Stroke, Hearing

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