Keith Brain

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

    Calcium in autonomic neurons following action potentials

Professional Qualifications

  • General Medical Council registration,

    2003 -

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Dr Brain is happy to discuss PhD proposals in autonomic physiology, autonomic pharmacology and urogenital pathophysiology.