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Ms Jacinta Johnson
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Jacinta is currently undertaking her PhD within the Discipline of Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award. The aim of her PhD research is to investigate the pathophysiology behind medication overuse headache, with a focus upon the role of glial activation. At present she is conducting a clinical trial investigating the efficacy of a glial attenuator in the treatment of this disorder. Her research is being conducted within the Pain and Anaesthesia Research Clinic (PARC) with the supervision of Prof Paul Rolan, Assoc Prof Mark Hutchinson and Dr Des Williams (University of South Australia).
Prior to commencing her PhD Jacinta completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of South Australia, graduating with First Class Honours in 2008. Her honours research, which was undertaken in association with the Discipline of Pharmacology, University of Adelaide, investigated hyperalgesia in the context of chronic codeine administration. Subsequently, Jacinta worked as Hospital Pharmacist at Flinders Medical Centre before returning to study in 2010.
In addition to her PhD studies, Jacinta works as a Lecturer, teaching applied pharmacology to Nurse Practitioner candidates and Master of Nursing Science students in the School of Nursing, University of Adelaide and as a practical demonstrator/tutor within the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia. Jacinta also has experience in primary healthcare working as a community pharmacist.
Johnson, JL, Hutchinson, MR, Williams DB & Rolan, P 2012 'Medication overuse headache and opioid-induced hyperalgesia: A review of mechanisms, a neuroimmune hypothesis and a novel approach to treatment.' Cephalalgia, available online. DOI: 10.1177/0333102467512
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