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Human Neurotransmitters Laboratory

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Laboratory head

Close Professor Murray Esler NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
Specialists in the various forms of human cardiovascular neuroscience


Research staff

Dr Ling Guo Dr Louise Hammond Ms Carolina Ika Sari Ms Rebecca Lee Dr Yusuke Sata

Honorary staff

Associate Professor David Barton Professor Gavin Lambert Professor Markus Schlaich Dr Nora Straznicky


Human cardiovascular neuroscience, in its various forms is the research interest of the laboratory. Scientists in the laboratory work on four research themes:

  1. The treatment of severe, drug-resistant hypertension.
  2. Orthostatic intolerance syndromes, with postural fainting.
  3. Obesity.
  4. The links between stress, psychological illness and heart disease.

The principal laboratory focus is the sympathetic nervous system, in health and disease. The laboratory scientists are eminent in this field.

Research focus

Severe hypertension
Evaluation of a device-based treatment of severe hypertension, specifically the application of a radio frequency renal artery catheter to ablate the renal sympathetic nerves.

Orthostatic intolerance syndromes
Delineating the diverse impaired neural mechanisms leading to low blood pressure and fainting on standing.

Research on the consequences and treatment of obesity.

Psychogenic cardiovascular disease
Delineating the neural mechanisms by which mental stress and psychological illness lead to hypertension and heart disease.

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With the rising number of Australians affected by diabetes, heart disease and stroke, the need for research is more critical than ever.

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