Professor Gino TP Saccone, (BSc(Hons), PhD) is a Chief Medical Scientist, in the Department of General and Digestive Surgery, Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia.
My research interests include:
- pancreatic physiology (control of exocrine secretion; neural and hormonal)
- pancreatic pathophysiology (acute pancreatitis; underlying mechanisms and development of peptide-based therapy)
- afferent nerve signaling in the normal and inflamed pancreas
- vagal control of gastric motor function.
Recent work has focused on the role of the neuropeptide galanin in the regulation of pancreatic exocrine secretion, galanin’s role in the onset and progression of acute pancreatitis and the potential use of galanin antagonists as therapeutic agents for acute pancreatitis. The gastric work deals with the influence of blockade of vagal transmission of gastric motor function.