Ian retired in March 2014, having been at Flinders since 1984, and Professor of Anatomy and Histology from 1993. His research on the microscopic structure and function of autonomic and visceral sensory nerves has been internationally recognised, accruing more than 4,500 citations. Ian taught extensively across a wide range of courses, covering anatomy, biomechanics, neuroscience and embryology. He played a large role in the development of the Graduate Entry Medical Program and coordinated a ground-breaking course in the neuroscience of learning for school teachers.
Ian has much "public science", especially in the fields of neuroscience and anatomy, often in collaboration with artists. He is a widely published poet and electronic musician. Post-retiremnet, these activities will be his major focus.
For Ian's creative work, see: http://www.iangibbins.com.au and http://www.facebook.com/IanGibbins.poetry.music.science
I am no longer doing any laboratory based research.
My main areas of interest have been:
Structure and function of the peripheral autonomic nervous system.
Organisation of peripheral sensory neurons and their projections to the spinal cord.
Interactions between peripheral sensory and autonomic pathways.
Neuropeptides and non-synaptic transmission.
My teaching focused on innovative content, assessment and delivery methods to engage the students with material that is interesting and relevant. In 2010, I had a Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant, with Artist in Residence, Catherine Truman, to find out how students interact with the complex learning environment in Anatomy teaching. This work continued in 2011 funded by an ANAT/Synapse grant and has formed the basis of on-going art-science collaborative projects.