Elena Bagley
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Elena E Bagley


Summary

Dr Bagley is a Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmacology at the University of Sydney.

A/Prof Bagley completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2001. She was a C.J Martin Fellow from 2001 to 2006. During this time she was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Gary Westbrook at the Vollum Institute (Oregon, USA) and at the Pain Management Research Institute (University of Sydney).

Dr Bagley began developing her research laboratory at the Brain and Mind Institute (2010-2011) and then moved to Pharmacology in 2011.

Neuroscience Pharmacology

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Work details

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

University of Sydney
School of Medical Sciences
The laboratory primarily focuses on synapses, which are the point of communication between brain cells. We are interested in normal synaptic function and synapse dysfuntion. Synaptic dysfunction is emerging as a key player in many brain disorders. We use patch-clamp electrophysiology in brain slices, immunohistochemistry and biochemical assays to study synaptic properties and synaptic plasticity that may participate in physiological or pathophysiological processes. Of particular interest are the synaptic changes or plasticity that may be responsible for chronic pain states, neurodevelopmental problems and drug addiction. We also use behavioural assays to try to understand the role of these synaptic changes in the whole animal.