Dr Stebbing has more than 25 years’ experience as a researcher investigating the autonomic nervous system, including its role in regulating gastrointestinal function, its interaction with the sensory nervous system and the immune system and its role in the generation of pathological pain and diabetic complications. He completed his PhD in the Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne and has held research fellowships at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute and the University of Alberta, Canada.
He has been responsible for setting up and managing major research facilities including the Neurosciences Victoria, Cellular Neurophysiology Platform and the confocal microscopy facility at RMIT University. He held a tenured position at RMIT for well over 10 years as a researcher and senior lecturer in cell biology and neuroscience, until recently when he moved to the Florey Institute/University of Melbourne and back to full time research.
His current projects are funded by the US Department of Defence (DARPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and focus on the role of the autonomic nervous system in diseases of the gut including inflammatory bowel disease and gastroparesis. He works collaboratively with physicians, surgeons and bioengineers to develop novel ‘electroceutical’ devices using electrical stimulation to modify the function of the nervous system and treat diseases in humans.