NHMRC Career Development Award: Reconsideration of the mechanisms underlying movement changes with pain (2011–2015)
My most recent first author papers [P1,2,33] form the foundation for a new theory for adaptation in movement with pain. This work questions the findings of a large body of literature. The proposed investigations will rigorously test predictions of our new theory and determine the underlying mechanisms behind movement changes with pain. Rehabilitation of movement control, a mainstay of physical interventions for musculoskeletal pain, is largely based on the simplistic theories that now require reconsideration. This work is likely to significantly influence future rehabilitation programs and the absolute effect of musculoskeletal pain on the general population. GRANTS: Early studies in the proposed series will continue work that is supported by a NHMRC project grant , on which I am CIB. These studies include the use of innovative techniques that are well established in our collaborators [in particular with Farina, Denmark; Garland, Canada; Butler and Creswell, Australia] laboratories, and will provide me with a unique set of research skills. The CDA will provide an opportunity for me to increase the scope of this research, and to build on the most exciting opportunities presented from this work. I am aligned with the newly funded NHMRC Program Grant , which provides infrastructure support and the opportunity for me to continue my leadership role in this research (including current role as primary supervisor of 1 PhD, and multiple honours students and clinician researchers). RESEARCH TRANSLATION: My association with the CCRE-SPINE (UQ) provides an ideal opportunity to disseminate my findings at a clinical and community level and to such specialist groups as the National Network of Spine Scientists.