About Dr Haydn Allbutt

My passion is solving problems, I love the intellectual challenge of science and always aim to promote and develop enthusiasm for science.

Dr Haydn Allbutt is an expert in animal behavioural studies having worked in both the fields of spinal cord injury and Parkinsons Disease and has now begun building a world class lab.

I won the Sir Thomas Lewis Postgraduate Scholarship for the study of pain with which I then completed my PhD, being awarded it in November 2004. During my PhD I discovered spinal cord injury to the lower lumbar spinal cord reduces the level of neuronal activity throughout the entire central nervous system; this was in contrast to changes in nitric oxide synthesis which only occurred in the immediate vicinity of the injury.  This discovery suggested that neuronal activity was controlled from the top down by supraspinal centres and may have a role in pain syndromes or loss of function that develop following spinal cord injury. I also discovered that animals that developed neuropathic pain underwent a shift in the laminae of the spinal cord that processed non-painful stimuli.  In these animals non-painful stimuli was instead processed in deeper laminae of the spinal cord where painful stimuli is sometimes processed, perhaps explaining why non-painful stimuli was perceived as painful in these animals. I have been an expert reviewer on nitric oxide related papers for the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia and am currently a reviewer for the Journal of Neuroscience Methods. For the last 4 years I helped set up and manage the laboratory of Neurodegenerative Disease Modeling in the department of Pharmacology where, in particular, we were interested in the investigation of the mechanisms underlying the behaviour associated with Parkinson’s disease, and the development of new compounds to treat the symptoms of this disease.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr Allbutt's publications, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.