Dr David Mahns

Integrative Physiology (School of Medicine)David Mahns

Research Program: Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience


David Mahns is a Senior Lecturer in Integrative Physiology at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. After completing his doctoral work in Cardiovascular Physiology (1999) David undertook post-doctoral work in sensory physiology under the direction of Professor Mark Rowe as a NHMRC research officer. In 2003 he was appointed as Lecturer & Course coordinator (2003-2006). In 2007 David was appointed as a senior lecturer in Integrative Physiology at Western Sydney University.

David specializes in quantifying the contribution of sensory nerves arising from skin and deep structures such as muscle and bone to perception. Recent work has focused on defining how we distinguish between non-painful (eg innocuous touch) and painful stimuli. These questions are addressed using psychophysical observations and detailed electrophysiological recording. In collaboration with Professor Macefield we are examining the contribution of different sensory nerves to the abnormal condition of allodynia where gentle touch is perceived painful.

Research Interests

  • 2011-2013 Pleasure & Pain: Defining the origin and contextual boundaries - Western Sydney University Eminent Visitor Grant
  • 2011-2013 Separation of discriminative and affective touch: A TMS study - Western Sydney University Infrastructure Grant
  • 2010-2012 Neural mechanisms of muscle pain, referral and allodynia in humans - Western Sydney University Internal Grant
  • 2007-2010 Neural Mechanism of bone pain - Funding NHMRC Project Grant

Qualifications and Honours

  • Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Pharmacology, UNSW)
  • Bachelor of Science Honours (Physiology, UNSW) 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Neurophysiology, UNSW)

Contact David

Phone+61 2 4620 3784
LocationWestern Sydney University Campbelltown campus