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Professor Mark Andrew Connor
Title:Professor
First name:Mark
Middle name:Andrew
Surname:Connor
Faculty:Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Department:Department of Biomedical Sciences
Telephone number:+61-2-9850 2719
Mobile number:0413 202 762
Address:Department of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
2 Technology Place
Macquarie University
2109
Email:mark.connor@mq.edu.au
Website:http://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/faculty-of-medicine-and-health-sciences/staff-profiles/mark-connor
Discipline/Expertise:My lab has a broad interest in drugs useful for treating pain, which are also often misused or abused. Our work focuses on understanding how opioid and cannabinoid drugs work at a cellular level as well as investigating the molecular pharmacology of the receptors involved with the view to identifying new targets for drug action. We use high throughput assays of receptor signaling, electrophysiological recording from neurons and cell lines expressing recombinant receptors and ion channels as well as a range of contemporary biochemical techniques to address questions around the use of misuse of analgesics, phytocannabinoids, illicit synthetic cannabinoids and other drugs.
Keywords:Opioids, cannabinoid, ion channel, pain, addiction, electrophysiology, cell signalling