Associate Professor David Mahns


Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology at the School of Medicine


David Mahns is an Associate Professor 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

  • Integrative physiology
  • Microneurography
  • Neuroscience
  • Pain and Tactile sensibility
  • Sensory physiology

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Research & Publications

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 4620 3784
LocationBuilding 30, Campbelltown Campus