Dr. Jennings' research has focussed on identifying the factors that drive the excitability of neurons (nerve cells), concentrating on ion channels and receptors.  The prime aim of his research has been a better understanding of the mechanisms of pain, to improve treatment of pain conditions. 

In the last decade, his lab has concentrated on pain conditions that originate in the head (e.g. migraine, cluster headaches, temporomandicular disorders).  The lab has taken a broad approach to studying these questions, using techniques including behaviour, protein expression assays and patch - clamp electrophysiology. 

Dr. Jennings completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at University College London, (UK) where he was awarded a PhD in 1999.  He came out to Australia on a Wellcome Trust Prize Travelling Fellowship and liked it so much that he decided to stay.  He has completed post-doctoral work at The University of Sydney (1999-2003) and The University of Melbourne (2003-2010) prior to accepting an academic position at James Cook University in 2011.

  • DS1101: Dental Science 1 (Level 1; CNS)
  • DS2101: Simulated Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS2102: Simulated Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS4101: Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 4; CNS)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Ernest Jennings from 2006 onwards.


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  • Comparison of Efficacy of Local and Systemic Antibiotics in Combination with Scaling and Root Planning in Patients with Moderate to Severe Periodontal Disease. A Clinical Study (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Evaluation of 3D Modeling Workflows Using Dental CBCT Data for Periodontal Regenerative Treatment (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Outcomes of Implementing a Blended Teaching Methodology Into a Regional University Professional Undergraduate Degree (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The Australian Oral Health Time Bomb. An Evalustion of Gerondontology in the Undergraduate Curriculum of Australian Dental Schools to care for a growing Frail and Care-Dependent Population (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • The assessment of periodontal health status and effects of periodontal therapy on salivary biomarkers in individuals with periodontitis and dementia in regional Australia. (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Self-reported auditory and non-auditory effects of noise on members of the dental team ? an Australian perspective (Masters , Primary Advisor)

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