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 Haberberger is the Head of Department for Anatomy & Histology and the Head of the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab, within the Flinders Medical Science & Technology cluster of the School of Medicine.

He studied Human Biology (Medical Research) at the Philipps-University in Marburg, Germany and was a senior scientist and lecturer at the Institute for Anatomy & Cell Biology, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany. In 2005 he was awarded the Mary Overton Neuroscience Fellowship and set up the Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab (now called the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab) at Flinders University. Since 2009 he has been an Associate Professor for Neuroscience within the Dept of Anatomy & Histology. In 2012 he also took on the role of Convenor of the Centre for Neuroscience and heads the CNS Executive Committee. He was appointed Head of Anatomy & Histology in April 2014.

His areas of interest are novel signalling mechanisms, control of gene expression in peripheral nociceptive neurons and the control of peripheral airway function.

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)
Key responsibilities
  • Head, Department of Anatomy & Histology
  • Head, Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Laboratory.
  • Chair Basic Pain Research Special Interest Group (Australian Pain Society)
  • Topic Coordinator, Medical Course, years 1 & 2
  • Theme (KHI1B) coordinator, Medical Course, year 1
  • Lecturer in Anatomy & Histology, Medical Course, years 1 & 2.
  • Lecturer, Advanced Neuroscience (MMED3931).
  • Lecturer, Histology (MMED1007)
  • Coordinator, Dissection Course, Medical Course, years 1 & 2.
  • Convenor, Centre for Neuroscience.
  • Member, School of Medicine, International Committee.
  • Member, Medical Course Management Committee.
  • Member, Medical Degree Curriculum Review Committee
  • Member, School of Medicine, Research Strategy Forum.
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
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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Media expertise
  • Anatomy
  • Asthma
  • Medical education
  • Neuroscience
Interests
  • Anatomy & Histology
  • Neuroscience