Dr Andrew Claus

Honorary Lecturer

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

Overview

From 2004-2019 Andrew's PhD and postgraduate supervision focussed on how the brain controls posture and movement. This has included studies of sitting, standing, stepping, squatting, pushing and postural control with low back pain and with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Extending understanding of postural control continues with colleagues at QUT Biomechanics and Spine Research Group (Prof Peter Pivonka, Maree Izatt and Assoc Prof Paige Little), the UQ Schools of ITEE (Dr Pauline Pounds) and SBMS Motor Control and Pain laboratory (Assoc Prof Kylie Tucker), and with Curtin University / UWA Raine cohort study (Prof Leon Straker).

From 2020 Andrew has had an Honorary role with UQ and is leading research development at the Tess Cramond Pain and Research Centre (STARS Hospital). This appointment includes a pain focused topics including pain education, opioid management, quantitative sensory testing and medical procedures. Examples of current projects:

  • Collaboration with UQ Recover (Dr Nicole Andrews) and CSIRO (Dr David Ireland) have recently developed a chatbot for providing pain education for children and for adults.
  • Work is currently in preparation for commencement of a randomised, placebo controlled pilot trial in 2022 titled LIDOPAIN (Lidocaine Infusion Dose Optimisation for Pain After Injury to Nerves) with Assoc Prof Paul Gray and Dr Gunjeet Minhas. This study will compare pain and adverse event outcomes at one week post infusion with 3mg/kg vs 5mg/kg vs saline placebo. Secondary outcomes will explore patient profile characteristics, from questionnaires and quantitative sensory testing, that may help to identify patients who are most likely to achieve sustained, effective analgesia for weeks-months post infusion.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours Class 2B, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Andrew Claus (2008). Physiology of Sitting. PhD Thesis, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor