Associate Professor Julia Hush (Chief Investigator)
Discipline of Physiotherapy, Macquarie University
A/Prof Hush is an academic and Department Director of Research in Macquarie University's Department of Health Professions. She is a physiotherapy researcher and educator with clinical expertise in the management of chronic pain. Her primary research interest is to understand the complex neurobiological mechanisms involved in the development of chronic pain. She has conducted research in various aspects of back pain and neck pain, including prognosis, prevalence, outcomes, sleep, and pain neuroscience. She previously held academic appointments at The University of Sydney in the Discipline of Physiotherapy (2005-2012). A/Prof Hush has been engaged in collaborative pain neuroscience research with the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab (SNAPL), at Stanford University since 2008, supported by an International Association of the Study of Pain (IASP) Collaborative Research Grant with A/Professor Sean Mackey.
Ms Anna Marcuzzi
PhD candidate, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Macquarie University
Anna joined Macquarie University in June 2013 after being awarded a Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship to commence her PhD in Health Professions. Anna attained a Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Parma (Italy) in 2008 and a Master Degree in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2012. Since then, she has worked in private practices gaining clinical expertise specifically on musculoskeletal conditions. Her research interests include the understanding of underlying mechanisms that lead to chronic pain from an acute episode of back pain. She currently published her research in a leading journal in the field of pain (PAIN journal) and she has been awarded a PhD Student Travel Grant from the Australian Pain Society (APS) to present her research at the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane in 2015.
Professor Catherine Dean
Head and Director Physiotherapy Program, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Macquarie University
Professor Catherine Dean is a researcher and educator in neurological physiotherapy. In May 2011 she joined Macquarie University as the inaugural Director and Head of the Physiotherapy Program. Previously Professor Dean has worked as an academic with teaching, administrative and research responsibilities at the University of Sydney since 1991. She was the recipient of prestigious scholarships to undertake Masters, Doctoral and Post-doctoral studies. Her research interests are developing and testing of rehabilitation strategies to increase activity and participation after stroke, translating evidence into practice and clinical education. She has over 40 publications, two with over 130 citations and over $1.9 million in grants for research and education resource development. Her research has been published in high impact international journals in neurology (Stroke), rehabilitation (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Canadian Journal of Rehabilitation) and basic science journals (Gait and Posture) as well as in international and national physiotherapy journals. Her research has been included in the Australian Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Stroke.
Dr Paul Wrigley
Pain Medicine, Northern Clinical School, Pain Management & Research Institute, University of Sydney
Dr Paul Wrigley is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer and Senior Staff Specialist in Pain Medicine at the University of Sydney and the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He has trained in Anaesthesia (1999) and Pain Medicine (2000) and completed a basic science PhD in neuropharmacology (2007). Alongside his Pain Medicine clinical practice he maintains an active translational clinical neurophysiology research program (2005). He has received numerous awards for research and clinical practice in Pain Medicine and serves on a number of local and national committees concerned with pain education and delivery of service. He is recognised for his expertise in pain following spinal cord injury however his research more broadly aims to improve the overall clinical assessment and management of chronic pain.
Ms Zhiqi Liang
Research Assistant and Physiotherapist, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Macquarie University
Zhiqi completed her undergraduate physiotherapy training at Sydney University followed by her Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Queensland University. She worked in a private practice in Brisbane, and then worked in Singapore for 3 years. Zhiqi became a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in 2014 (awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists). She recently moved back to Sydney and will combine clinical work with teaching and research.