Rainer Viktor Haberberger is Professor of Anatomy & Histology and Head of the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology lab. 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.
He was Convener of the Centre for Neuroscience form 2011 until its integration into the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute. 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