Professor Rainer Haberberger

Professor and Head of Anatomy and Histology

College of Medicine and Public Health

Research expertise

The research areas of Rainer Viktor Haberberger and his Pain and Pulmonary Neurobiology group are pain signalling mechanisms, control of gene expression in peripheral nociceptive neurons and the control of peripheral airway function.

Research expertise

The research areas of Rainer Viktor Haberberger and his Pain and Pulmonary Neurobiology group are pain signalling mechanisms, control of gene expression in peripheral nociceptive neurons and the control of peripheral airway function.

place Flinders Medical Centre (6E:121)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Rainer Viktor Haberberger is Professor of Anatomy & Histology, Head of the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology lab, since 2011 Convenor of the Centre for Neuroscience and since 2019 Co-Director of the Órama Insititute for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Neuroscience, Flinders University. He studied Human Biology (Medical Research) at the Philipps-University in Marburg, Germany and has been a senior scientist and lecturer at the Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany until 2005. He was awarded a Mary Overton Neuroscience Fellowship and set up the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab at Flinders University Adelaide.

Since 2014 he is Professor, Head of Anatomy, and Topic Coordinator of years 1 and 2 of the Medical Course where he is involved in course and topic development as well as in weekly coordination, lecturing and in organisation and teaching of the dissection component of the course. In 2012 he received the “Bren Gannon Award for Innovation in Teaching” from the Flinders Medical Student Society.

His main areas of research interest are novel signalling mechanisms in peripheral pain and control of peripheral airway function. He received the Collaborative Research Grant of the International Society for the Study of Pain (IASP) 2006 & 2010, the Decima Strachan and Claire Lilia Wooton Estates “Spinal Cord Research Award” of the Australian Brain Foundation 2008 and the Australian Lung Foundation “Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid” for Physiological Research 2011. In 2017 he was chief investigator of an application that received the “John Boyd Craig Research Award”, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Qualifications
  • Diploma in Human Biology (Medical Research)
  • Doctoral degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Professoral degree in Anatomy & Cell Biology
Honours, awards and grants
  • Mary Overton Neuroscience Research Fellow (2005-2009)
  • Collaborative Research Grant,International Society for the Study of Pain (2006, 2010)
  • Decima Strachan and Claire Lilia Wooton Estates Spinal Cord Research Award, Australian Brain Foundation (2008)
  • Australian Lung Foundation Ludwig Engel Grant-in-Aid for Physiological Research (2011)
  • Bren Gannon Award for innovation in teaching, Flinders Medical Student Society (2012)
  • Inaugural Chair Basic Pain Research SIG, Australian Pain Society (2017)
Key responsibilities
  • Head, Department of Anatomy & Histology
  • Convenor, Centre for Neuroscience.
  • Co-Director Orama Institute.
  • Head, Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Laboratory.
  • Chair Flinders Anatomy Governance Committee
  • Immediate Past Chair Basic Pain Research Special Interest Group (Australian Pain Society)
  • Topic Coordinator, Medical Course, years 1 & 2
  • Theme coordinator, Medical Course, years 1 & 2
  • Lecturer in Anatomy & Histology, Medical Course, years 1 & 2.
  • Lecturer, Advanced Neuroscience.
  • Lecturer, Histology, Medical Science.
  • Coordinator, Dissection Course, Medical Course, years 1 & 2
  • Member, Medical Course Foundation Phase Management Committee.
  • Member, Medical Course, Executive Board
Research expertise
Animal behaviour
Genetics
Medical education
Medical physiology
Neurosciences
Other medical and health sciences
Research interests
  • Function and dysfunction of peripheral nociceptors.
  • The sphingosine kinase/sphingosine 1-phosphate system and its presence and role in peripheral nociception.
  • Exosomes, microRNAs in sensory neurons.
  • Bio-nanochip interfaces as tools to develop a pain-o-meter.
  • The peripheral lung: The cholinergic system, muscarinic receptors and control of peripheral airways. The sphingosine kinase/sphingosine 1-phosphate system in COPD and asthma.
Teaching interests
Macroscopical and microscopical human anatomy. Anatomy and histology of the nervous system.
Topic coordinator
MMED9151 Medicine
MMED9250 Medicine Year 2
Topic lecturer
MMED8100 Knowledge of Health and Illness
MMED8200 Knowledge of Health and Illness
MMED8200 Musculoskeletal System
MMED8200 Dissection component
MMED3931 Advanced Neuroscience
MMED1007 Histology
Supervisory interests
Epigenetics
Lung function and regulation in inflammatory airway diseases
Neurons
Pain pathways
Spinal pain
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Neuroscience (1)
Associate supervisor: Neuroscience (2)
Completion
Associate supervisor: Neuroscience (4)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Anatomy
Asthma
Medical education
Neuroscience
Anatomy & Histology
Neuroscience
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Anatomy
  • Asthma
  • Medical education
  • Neuroscience
Interests
  • Anatomy & Histology
  • Neuroscience

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