Dr Sophie Payne – Bionics Institute

Dr Sophie Payne

Research Fellow, Bionics Institute PhD (Neuroscience) BSc Hons

Dr Sophie Payne

Prior to joining the Bionics Institute, Sophie completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia (2009-2013), where she investigated long term effects of injury in the visual system. In 2012, Sophie started her first post doctorate position with Professor Janet Keast at the University of Melbourne (2013-2015) and assessed regeneration and repair of the peripheral nervous system.

Sophie started working at the Bionics Institute in 2015 on a project investigating neuromodulation of the vagus nerve for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. She works with a high profile team of neuroscientists, engineers, mathematical modellers and clinicians to generate proof-of-concept data required before this technology goes to clinical trials. Recently, Sophie’s interests have expanded to include whether peripheral nerve stimulation can be applied to treat other conditions of visceral organs.

Sophie has imparted her knowledge and passion for her research through mentorship programs for recent graduates, and presentations to non-scientific community groups. To get a better understanding of the diseases she works on, Sophie is a member of Crohn’s and Colitis Australia and Diabetes Victoria. She is also on the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery steering committee, which promotes excellence in clinical research, and facilitates an annual symposium.

Research fields of interest

  • Development of medical bionics devices
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease
  • Central and peripheral nerve injury and repair

Research projects

  • Vagal nerve stimulation as a treatment of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Myelin sheath integrity and node morphology of the optic nerve following blindness (funded by the Early Career Research Scheme, University of Melbourne)

Student projects

Selected publications

Payne, S.C., O. Burns, R. Thomas, A. Sedo, T. Hyakumura, J.B. Furness, R.K. Shpehered, and J.B. Fallon, 2019. Anti-inflammatory effects of abdominal vagus nerve stimulation on experimental intestinal inflammation. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 13; 418. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.00418

Payne, S. C., J. B. Furness, and M. J. Stebbing. 2018. Bioelectric neuromodulation for gastrointestinal disorders: effectiveness and mechanisms. Nature reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 16(2): 89-105. doi: 10.1038/s41575-018-0078-6.

Payne, S. C., O. Burns, M. J. Stebbing, R. Thomas, A. C. de Silva, A. Sedo, F. Wiessenborn, T. Hyakumura, M. Huynh, C. N. May, R. A. Williams, J. Furness, J. Fallon, and R. Shepherd. 2019. Vagus nerve stimulation to treat inflammatory bowel disease: a chronic, preclinical safety study in sheep. Bioelectronics in Medicine: [epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.2217/bem-2018-0011.

O’Sullivan-Greene, E., T. Kameneva, D. Trevaks, A. Shafton, S. C. Payne, R. McAllen, J. B. Furness, and D. B. Grayden. 2018. Modeling experimental recordings of vagal afferent signaling of intestinal inflammation for neuromodulation. Journal of Neural Engineering. 15(5): 056032. doi: 10.1088/1741-2552/aad96d.

Payne, S. C., R. K. Shepherd, A. Sedo, J. B. Fallon, and J. B. Furness. 2018. An objective in vivo diagnostic method for inflammatory bowel disease. Royal Society Open Science. 5(3): 180107. doi: 10.1098/rsos.180107. Full Text

Payne, S. C., P. J. Belleville, and J. R. Keast. 2015. Regeneration of sensory but not motor axons following visceral nerve injury. Experimental Neurology. 266: 127-142. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2015.02.026.

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