Wendy Imlach

Assoc Professor

  • 26 Innovation Walk, Department of Physiology, Building 13F

    3800 Melbourne



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Personal profile


I obtained my PhD at the University of Otago and held postdoctoral positions at Columbia University, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. I am currently a Group Leader in Neuroscience in the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Department of Physiology and a NHMRC Career Development Fellow.

Research interests

My research focuses on changes that happen within the pain processing pathways in the spinal cord following the development of chronic pain. Some of these changes are potential therapeutic targets and I am interested in finding new, more effective ways to treat chronic pain. 

Lab website: https://imlachlab.com/

Publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=wendy+imlach

We are hiring! If you are an experienced slice electrophysiologist and are intested in a postdoctoral position in pain research, please email me and I'll send you more information. We're looking for a candidate to work on projects investigating pain at a cellular, circuit and whole animal level. Follow this link for my information and to apply: http://careers.pageuppeople.com/513/cw/en/job/598111/research-fellow-physiology

Research area keywords

  • Pain
  • Spinal cord
  • Neural circuitry
  • Neuropharmacology

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Research Output

A pH-responsive nanoparticle targets the neurokinin 1 receptor in endosomes to prevent chronic pain

Ramirez Garcia, P. D., Retamal, J. S., Shenoy, P., Imlach, W., Sykes, M., Truong, N., Constandil, L., Pelissier, T., Nowell, C. J., Khor, S. Y., Layani, L. M., Lumb, C., Poole, D. P., Lieu, T., Stewart, G. D., Mai, Q. N., Jensen, D. D., Latorre, R., Scheff, N. N., Schmidt, B. L. & 5 others, Quinn, J. F., Whittaker, M. R., Veldhuis, N. A., Davis, T. P. & Bunnett, N. W., Dec 2019, In : Nature Nanotechnology. 14, p. 1150-1159 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Pathological Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets for Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

Bista, P. & Imlach, W. L., 22 Aug 2019, In : Medicines. 6, 3, 17 p., 91.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activity of novel lipid glycine transporter inhibitors on synaptic signalling in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord

Winters, B. L., Rawling, T., Vandenberg, R. J., Christie, M. J., Bhola, R. F. & Imlach, W. L., Jun 2018, In : British Journal of Pharmacology. 175, 12, p. 2337-2347 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Endosomal signaling of the receptor for calcitonin gene-related peptide mediates pain transmission

Yarwood, R. E., Imlach, W. L., Lieu, T., Veldhuis, N. A., Jensen, D. D., Herenbrink, C. K., Aurelio, L., Cai, Z., Christie, M. J., Poole, D. P., Porter, C. J. H., McLean, P., Hicks, G. A., Geppetti, P., Halls, M. L., Canals, M. & Bunnett, N. W., 14 Nov 2017, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 114, 46, p. 12309-12314 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
42 Citations (Scopus)

Neurokinin 1 receptor signaling in endosomes mediates sustained nociception and is a viable therapeutic target for prolonged pain relief

Jensen, D. D., Lieu, T., Halls, M. L., Veldhuis, N. A., Imlach, W. L., Mai, Q. N., Poole, D. P., Quach, T., Aurelio, L., Conner, J., Klein Herenbrink, C., Barlow, N., Simpson, J. S., Scanlon, M. J., Graham, B., McCluskey, A., Robinson, P. J., Escriou, V., Nassini, R., Materazzi, S. & 6 others, Geppetti, P., Hicks, G. A., Christie, M. J., Porter, C. J. H., Canals, M. & Bunnett, N. W., 31 May 2017, In : Science Translational Medicine. 9, 392, 15 p., aal3447.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

49 Citations (Scopus)