A/PROF Anthony Verberne

A/PROF Anthony Verberne


  • Central autonomic control (Central cardiovascular control mechanisms, sympathetic vasomotor control, neurophysiology)
  • Central autonomic control (Central control of glucose homeostasis)
  • Central autonomic control (Vagal control of pancreatic exocrine and endocrine secretion)



  • Associate Professor Tony Verberne graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BSc (Hons) in 1978 and a PhD in Pharmacology in 1982. In 1989 he was awarded a National Heart Foundation Overseas Fellowship and undertook post-doctoral training at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands and the University of Virginia, USA during the period 1989-1991. Upon return to Australia he established a laboratory in the University of Melbourne's Department of Medicine, Austin Health and was awarded an NHMRC Research Fellowship. He was an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow until 2007. In 2005 he was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Melbourne. He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology, the British Journal of Pharmacology and Brain Research Bulletin and is currently a member of the editorial board of Autonomic Neuroscience - Basic & Clinical and the American Journal of Physiology. In 2011, along with A/Professor Ida Llewellyn-Smith, he co-edited the second edition of Central Regulation of Autonomic Functions. His research has examined supramedullary circulatory control mechanisms, central cardiovascular reflex pathways as well as central control of pancreatic secretion and brain control glucose homeostasis during hypoglycaemia. In 2010 Associate Professor Tony Verberne's laboratory was the first to describe the properties of brainstem neurons that control adrenaline secretion during hypoglycaemia.   


Member of

  • British Journal of Pharmacology. Editorial Board Member 2002 -
  • American Physiological Society. Regular Member 2000 -
  • Australian Society of Medical Research. Regular Member 1998 -
  • Society for Neuroscience (USA). Regular Member 1991 -
  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Regular Member 1981 -
  • Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. Regular Member 1980 -
  • American Physioogical Society. Committee on committees 2012 - 2015
  • Brain Research Bulletin. Editorial Board Member 2004 - 2011
  • American Physiological Society. Membership Committee 2007 - 2010
  • British Journal of Pharmacology. Editorial Board 2002 - 2009
  • American Journal of Physiology (Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative). Editorial Board Member 2004 - 2008
  • International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience. Member 1996 - 2000


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Education and training

  • DSc, University of Melbourne 2005
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1982
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1978



Available for supervision

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