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Dave Spanswick graduated from University of East Anglia, UK in 1986 (B.Sc).

He then obtained his PhD at University of Birmingham, studying neurophysiology. He remained in Birmingham as a Post-doctoral research fellow in Steve Logans group before moving to work in Canada with Leo Renauds group and Japan with Syogoro Nishi, Hideho Higashi, Hiroe Inokuchi and Megumu Yoshimura. He subsequently returned to the UK as a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Aberdeen before taking a sabbatical at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge and Parke-Davis.

He was appointed a senior lecturer, University of Warwick in 2000 and Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at Warwick Medical School in 2004. He arrived at the Department of Physiology, Monash University in October 2011.

Community service

1. Referee for Journals: Nature, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuropharmacology, Journal of Physiology; Journal of Neurophysiology; Neuroscience Letters; Brain Research; Nature Neuroscience, Neuroscience; J. Neurosci., Methods; Cell Metabolism; Neuropharmacology; Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism; Biological Psychiatry

2. Referee for Grant Awarding Agencies: The Wellcome Trust; British Heart Foundation; BBSRC; MRC; Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR); NIH; NHS

3. PhD External Examiner: University of Manchester, University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London, University of Ottawa

4. PhD Co-supervisor for Students at University of Ottawa Canada

Monash teaching commitment

PHY3012: Integrative Neuroscience

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research area keywords

  • Metabolic Neuroscience
  • pain signalling
  • Electrophysiology

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