IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Diagnostics and therapeutics

Research focus

D/Professor David Adams is internationally recognised as a leader in membrane physiology and neuroscience research, specifically the study of membrane receptor and ion channel function and modulation using electrophysiological recording techniques. His research over the last 20 years has characterized novel peptides (conotoxins) isolated from the venom of cone snails as probes for ion channel structure and function and as as potential therapeutics for the treatment of chronic neuropathic and visceral pain. His discovery of analgesic conotoxins targeting G protein-coupled receptors that modulate voltage-gated calcium channels provides a lead for the development of non-opioid drugs for pain treatment.

Publications and funding

Other roles

  • Distinguished Professor, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
  • Honorary Professor, University of Queensland
  • Honorary Professor, RMIT University 

IHMRI research team

Research fellows

Dr Jeffrey McArthur T: 61 2 4221 5843 | E: jefferym@uow.edu.au
Dr Han-Shen Tae T: 61 2 4221 5425 | E: hstae@uow.edu.au
Dr Rocio Finol-Urdaneta T: 61 2 4239 2267 | E: rfinolu@uow.edu.au
Dr Arsalan Yousef E: arsalan@uow.edu.au
Dr Leonid Motin T: 61 2 4239 2580 E: lmotin@uow.edu.au

PhD candidates

Anuja Roy Bony Ion channel modulators of pain pathways
Lydia Bye Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor structure and function probed with venom derived peptides.
Maddison Steele