Professor Mark Hutchinson

Director - Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
Professor Mark Hutchinson
  Org Unit Medical Sciences
  Telephone +61 8 8313 0322
  Mobile +61 4 6630 4980
  Location Floor/Room 3 10 ,  The Braggs ,   North Terrace

Professor Hutchinson is an ARC Australian Research Fellow and is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP;

He is also a Professor within the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Hutchinson returned to the University of Adelaide in 2009 as an NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow, and established the Neuroimmunopharmacology research laboratory. From 2005 to 2009 Mark worked in the world leading laboratory of Prof Linda Watkins in the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Here he pioneered with Prof Watkins the research which has led to the discovery of novel drug activity at innate immune receptors.

Mark’s research has implicated the brain immune-like cells in the action of drugs of dependence and the negative side effects of pain treatments.

Mark has published over 100 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings.

The CNBP is an ARC Centre of Excellence with $38M of funding committed for 7 years, headquartered at The University of Adelaide, with nodes at Macquarie University, Sydney and the RMIT, Melbourne. We are partnered with universities and companies in Europe, the US and China, as well as other  Australian institutions.  

The CNBP has a mission to "Discover new approaches to measure nano-scale  dynamic phenomena in living systems".  

The Scientific Aims of the CNBP are to:  

1. Reach the limits of light-based measurement within complex and dynamic  biological environments;  

2. Exploit physics and multiple scales -- nanoscale to macro -- using  photons to bridge from nanomaterial to devices;  

3. Create smart, tailored interfaces between these nanoscale systems and  the biochemical environment;  

4. Establish new forms of measurement assays that can operate within  living organisms;

5. Deploy these assays to address identified challenges in systems  including the embryo, brain and blood vessels; and  

6. Seek molecular level insight into the mechanisms, processes and functionalities in these biological systems.  


Mark is the theme leader of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, Biological Sensing and Medical Diagnostics. He is a member of the Science Technology  Australia board and the convener of the Neuro and Behavioural Pharmacology special interest group of ASCEPT.

PhD in Medicine, University of Adelaide, 2004

BSc (First class Honours) in Pharmacology, University of Adelaide, 1999

Elsevier Brain Behavior & Immunity Reviewer of the Year (2014)

South Australian Leading Light Finalist (2013)

Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society Robert Ader New Investigator Award (2013)

Scopus Young Researcher Award Finalist (2012)

Australian Pain Society Tess Cramond Lecturer (2012)

College on Problems of Drug Abuse Early Career Prize (2011)

South Australian Tall Poppy Science Awardee (2010)

Denis Wade Johnson & Johnson New Investigators Award (2009)

National Institute for Drug Addiction Young Investigator Award (2007)

Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology Travel Award (2006)

Front Range Neuroscience Group Oral Presentation Finalist Winner (2005)

Front Range Neuroscience Group Oral Presentation Finalist Winner (2005)

American Australian Association Merck Company Foundation Fellow (2005)

Front Range Neuroscience Group Chapter travel award nomination (2005)

Front Range Neuroscience Group Chapter oral presentation winner (2005)

Recipient of a British Council Travel Award (2005)

Australian FreshScience Winner (2004)

Society for Neuroscience

Australian Neuroscience Society

Psychneuroimmunology Research Society (PNIRS)

Australasian Society of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology & Toxicology

International Association for the Study of Pain

American Pain Association 

American Australian Association

British Council – Australia

CategoriesMedicine & Medical Research, Drugs
ExpertiseNeuroscience; Immunology; Pharmacology; Drug Addiction; Microglia; Cytokine; Chemokine; Pain; Reward; Opioid; Opiate; Alcoholism; Immunogenetics; Toll Like Receptor; Astrocyte; Drug Abuse; Glia; Inflammation; Drug Development; Analgesia; Pain killer;
NotesAwards South Australian Science Young Tall Poppy Awardee (2010) Denis Wade Johnson & Johnson Young Investigator Award (2009) Julius Axelrod Lecture Award (NIDA) (2009) National Institute for Drug Addiction Young Investigator Award (2007)
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Entry last updated: Friday, 23 Jun 2017

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