Professor John Furness

Parkville Campus
30 Royal Parade
Parkville Victoria 3052

Research group
Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Group

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Professor John Furness AO has held research and teaching positions at the University of Melbourne and Flinders University. He spent periods of time in research in England, Japan, France and the United States. His research has concentrated on the autonomic nervous system, particularly the control of digestive function and drug development.

He is best known for his work in unravelling the circuitry of the enteric nervous system and for the chemical coding hypothesis. His current work concentrates on digestive physiology and nutrition and on animal models of digestive diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease.

John holds dual positions at The Florey and the University of Melbourne.

Career highlights

Awards and achievements

  • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Australian Centenary Medal
  • Davenport Award of the American Physiological Society
  • Fellowship and Gold Medal, L’accademia delle scienze dell’istituto di Bologna


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