Colleges, School and Institutes
Dr Brain’s laboratory aims to understand autonomic junctional transmission from fundamental principles through to therapeutic interventions
Current projects include:
- The development of new techniques for dynamically monitoring neurotransmitter release with single-molecule resolution
- Developing new optical and MRI-sensitive probes for monitoring sympathetic function in the cardiovascular system
- The role of parasympathetic transmission in bladder overactivity
- The effect of cannabinoids on sympathetic transmission
Dr Brain graduated with a PhD in Physiology in 1998 and in Medicine in 1999 from the University of Sydney, Australia. After working as a medical officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney he joined the Department of Pharmacology, Oxford, in 2001.
While in Oxford, Dr Brain held a series of research fellowships, including a Nuffield Medical Fellowship, Wellcome Trust Career Development Research Fellowship (both based in the Department of Pharmacology), Staines Medical Research Fellowship (Exeter College) and the post of Research Fellow and Tutor (Keble College). In 2009 he moved to the post of Senior Lecturer (Neuropharmacology) at the University of Birmingham.
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
Calcium in autonomic neurons following action potentials
General Medical Council registration,2003 -
Willingness to take PhD students
Dr Brain is happy to discuss PhD proposals in autonomic physiology, autonomic pharmacology and urogenital pathophysiology.