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Research Interests

Dr. Harrington is a laboratory based research scientist, unravelling the spinal cord and brain circuits that receive and process sensory information from internal (visceral) organs. Such information is then used to identify remodelling within these circuits in disease states of chronic visceral pain. Her technical strengths are in in vitro and in vivo anatomy mapping, molecular localisation, microscopy and neurophysiology.

Her research is funded through the ARC and NHMRC and industry funding. She has published her work in high-impact publications such as Nature Communications, Gastroenterology, Gut, Pain, Scientific Reports, JCI insights, Journal of Comparative Neuroscience and American Journal of Physiology. 


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Dept. of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne 2007

Bachelor of Science (Hons) University of Melbourne 2003

Key responsibilities

As the Head of the Central Pathways Projects in the Visceral Pain Group (VIPER) and based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), she leads a research team of 1 post-doc and 2 Honours students. There are PhD opportunities available.

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University

Research Fellow, University of Adelaide


  • Visceral Pain
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Spinal cord

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Research Output

Effects and sites of action of a M1 receptor positive allosteric modulator on colonic motility in rats and dogs compared with 5-HT4 agonism and cholinesterase inhibition

Tsukimi, Y., Pustovit, R. V., Harrington, A., Garcia-Caraballo, S., Brierley, S., Di Natale, M., Molero, J. C. & Furness, J. B., 1 Aug 2020, In : Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 32, 8, e13866.

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Histamine induces peripheral and central hypersensitivity to bladder distension via the histamine H1 receptor and TRPV1

Grundy, L., Caldwell, A., Garcia Caraballo, S., Erickson, A., Schober, G., Castro Kraftchenko, J., Harrington, A. & Brierley, S. M., 1 Feb 2020, In : American journal of physiology. Renal physiology. 318, 2, p. F298-F314

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