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Dr Mark Hutchinson

Telephone +61 8 8313 0322
Position ARC Research Fellow
Fax +61 8 8224 0685
Building Medical School South
Floor/Room 5 08
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Physiology

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Biography/ Background

Dr Mark HutchinsonA/Prof Mark Hutchinson completed a BSc majoring in Pharmacology, Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Adelaide (1998). He continued his studies in Pharmacology with honours (1999) & PhD (2004) examining opioid metabolism & opioid immunomodulation, respectively. In 2004 he was awarded the FreshScience prize for communication of science in the media.  He moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2005 to undertake Postdoctoral training in the world leading research group 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 drugs activity at innate immune receptors. Moreover, his research has led to the implication of the brain immune cells in the action of drugs of dependence and the negative side effects of pain killers. Dr Hutchinson was awarded an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship in 2007. He returned to Adelaide in 2009 to continue his research in the Discipline of Pharmacology, University of Adelaide. In 2011 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Fellowship for research into sex differences in pain and drug response. He started his own laboratory in the Discipline of Physiology in the School of Medical Sciences, the Neuroimmunopharmacology Lab.  He has had continued grant success, securing funding from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Spinal Cord Injury Research scheme.  He has numerous peer reviewed publications, review papers and book chapters, several patents and is frequently asked to speak at national and international conferences and symposia.



If you are interested in Mark's research or conducting studying honours or PhD programs in his lab, please look at the existing projects available here (scroll down to Neuroimmunopharmacology).

You can also see more about our research in the School's Research Handbook 


Latest updates

For an up to date list of his latest achivements please visit his researchgate profile.


Stay connected and informed

You can also follow him on twitter for regular updates on his science and the field he works in.


Professional advisory services and Contract research

Join Mark on LinkedIn to learn more about the proffessional advisory services and contract research opportunities he has available in his laboratory.


for an up to date list of my publications please visit my researchgate profile


Mark R Hutchinson


You can also see my up to date bibliographic stats at GoogleScholar


BSc (Hons), PhD (Med)

Awards & Achievements

Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society Robert Ader New Investigator Award for 2013

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)

FreshScience Australia Finalist (2004)


For the latest developments please see his researchgate profile.



Professional Associations

Member of the Australasian Society of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology & Toxicology

Member of the Society for Neuroscience

Psychneuroimmunology Research Society (PNIRS)

Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain

Member of the American Pain Association 

American Australian Association

British Council – Australia

Rocky Mountain Neuroscience Group

Front Range Neuroscience Group


Expertise for Media Contact

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)
After hours0466304980

Entry last updated: Sunday, 14 Sep 2014

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