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Professor Stuart Brierley

Professor Stuart Brierley is an NHMRC R.D Wright Biomedical Fellow (CDF II) and Director of the Visceral Pain Research Group, within the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University, located at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). He is also Deputy Director of the Hopwood Centre for Neurobiology, Lifelong Health Theme at SAHMRI.

A Matthew Flinders Fellow in Gastrointestinal Neuroscience, Professor Brierley is an international leader on the different afferent classes innervating the gut and the bladder, the channels and receptors underlying their function and how this changes in acute and chronic pain.

Professor Brierley has a proven track record in coordinating multi-faceted research programs for high-impact publications in journal such as such as Nature, Cell, Nature Communications, Gastroenterology, Gut, PNAS, JCI Insight, Pain, British Journal of Physiology and The Journal of Neuroscience.

His recent collaborations with Industry partners identified the mechanism of pain relief of a new drug, linaclotide, in treating patient with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C). Linaclotide, a guanylate cyclase-C (GC-C) agonist is effective in relieving abdominal pain associated with IBS-C and is already available and registered for use by IBS-C patients in the USA and Europe.

Professor Brierley is the President-Elect of the Australasian Neurogastroenterology and Motility Association (ANGMA), Co-chair of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (FNM) 2020 meeting in Adelaide, and was a South Australian Tall Poppy recipient in 2011.

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