Dr David Klyne

Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
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David M. Klyne PhD, MSc (MolBiol), DPhty, BAppSc is a Research Fellow within the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. David’s research focuses on understanding the physiology of pain and the complex mechanisms that drive its persistence. His unique approach, from fundamental mechanisms to whole animal and human research, has helped reveal the inner-workings of pain, and how it can be optimally targeted with interventions.

David has received numerous national and international research awards that span basic and clinical sciences. These include the premier international award for spine research (ISSLS Prize) on two occasions – in Basic Science (2019) and Clinical Science (2018). In 2019, he was awarded a postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship to continue his work elucidating the role of sleep in chronic pain at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (Temple University), in the USA. He was also selected by the Australian Academy of Science and Lindau Council to represent Australia at the prestigious Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany, 2020.

Research Interests

  • Acute to chronic pain
  • Neuro-immunology
  • Sleep
  • Chronic pain prevention and rehabilitation


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Molecular Biology, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bond University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queenland University of Technology


  • Klyne, David M., van den Hoorn, Wolbert, Barbe, Mary F., Cholewicki, Jacek, M. Hall, Leanne, Khan, Asaduzzaman, Meroni, Roberto, Moseley, G. Lorimer, Nicholas, Michael, O’Sullivan, Lee, Park, Rachel, Russell, Glen, Sterling, Michele and Hodges, Paul W. (2020). Cohort profile: why do people keep hurting their back?. BMC Research Notes, 13 (1) 538, 538. doi: 10.1186/s13104-020-05356-z

  • van den Hoorn, Wolbert, Cholewicki, Jacek, Coppieters, Michel W., Klyne, David M. and Hodges, Paul W. (2020). Trunk stiffness decreases and trunk damping increases with experimental low back pain. Journal of Biomechanics, 112 110053, 110053. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2020.110053

  • Barbe, Mary F., Hilliard, Brendan A., Amin, Mamta, Harris, Michele Y., Hobson, Lucas J., Cruz, Geneva E., Dorotan, Jocelynne T., Paul, Ryan W., Klyne, David M. and Popoff, Steven N. (2020). Blocking CTGF/CCN2 reverses neural fibrosis and sensorimotor declines in a rat model of overuse-induced median mononeuropathy. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 38 (11), 2396-2408. doi: 10.1002/jor.24709

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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