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Professor Tony Pickering

Professor Tony Pickering

Professor Tony Pickering
B.Sc., Ph.D., MB ChB (Birm), F.R.C.A.

Professor of Neuroscience and Anaesthesia
Honorary Professor of Bristol Medical School (THS)

Area of research

Mechanisms of endogenous pain control and autonomic regulation

Office E27a
Biomedical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 2311

Research summary

As an anaesthetist and pain clinician I am naturally interested in sensory and autonomic neuroscience.  The nervous system has evolved sophisticated means to monitor and respond to changes in both the internal and external environment and these homeostatic processes are critical for health and survival of the organism. My laboratory studies the central control mechanisms regulating the discriminative and output responses to natural stimuli.

We focus on how the sensory and autonomic systems exhibit plastic changes in pathological conditions such as in chronic pain states (control of central sensitisation) and hypertension (altered autonomic rhythmogenesis). For these conditions to persist there ...

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Biography

Tony Pickering is an expat Geordie Anaesthetist with a research focus on Pain and Autonomic control.  His undergraduate Medical training in Birmingham was interrupted by the Award of a Wellcome Prize PhD studentship in the lab of Steve Logan which spawned his interest in sympathetic neurophysiology.   After graduating in Medicine he trained in Anaesthesia in London and Bristol before establishing his research lab in the School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience at Bristol while funded as a Wellcome Trust Clinical research fellow. His group studies the brainstem and spinal cord circuits that modulate pain perception and bodily homeostatic control ...

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