Associate Professor Irina Vetter has a strong background in neuropharmacology, pain models, toxinology and high-throughput screening. Currently her primary research interests lie in the fields of peripheral pain mechanisms, target identification, biodiscovery of venom peptide ion channel modulators and analgesic drug discovery.

Associate Professor Vetter has always been fascinated by how we perceive the world around us, in particular, the role of sensory neurons in the body. Sensory neurons are an intricate network of nerve cells that convert external stimuli from the environment into messages within the body, like pain. Her research is demystifying the different pathways that contribute to pain in various disease states. She is using biomedical research and pharmacology to develop pain treatments from venoms and toxins.

Associate Professor Vetter is an ARC Future Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for Pain Research at The University of Queensland. She is a registered pharmacist and has worked in hospital as well as community pharmacy. She obtained her PhD in 2007 from the School of Pharmacy, and conducted postdoctoral studies as an NHMRC postdoctoral fellow under Prof Geoffrey Goodhill at the Queensland Brain Institute and under Prof Richard J Lewis at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in the areas of axon guidance and venom peptide pharmacology




Researcher biography

I am an NHMRC R.D. Wright Career Development Fellow and Director of the recently established Centre for Pain Research at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), UQ. My research interests lie in the fields of peripheral pain mechanisms, target identification and analgesic drug discovery. I investigate the contribution of ion channels to sensory neuronal physiology using highly subtype-selective toxins isolated from venomous animals with the aim to develop novel analgesics with improved efficacy and tolerability.

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Neuropharmacology and pain mechanisms