Dr Tasha Stanton

Curriculum Vitae

Tasha Stanton UniSASansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 5000

Conjoint Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia

t: (+61) 08 8302 2090, e: tasha.stanton@unisa.edu.au

Degrees

2011 PhD (Medicine), University of Sydney ǀ 2007 MSc (Rehabilitation Science), University of Alberta, Canada ǀ 2002 BSc (Physical Therapy), University of Alberta, Canada

Employment/appointments

2014-present: National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellow & Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia, Adelaide & Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney

2011-2014: Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Training Fellow, University of South Australia, Adelaide & Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney

2010-2014: Clinical Practice Guidelines Manager, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney

2007-2010: Tutor, School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney

2004-2007: Teaching Assistant, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, Canada

Research funding

I have received $1,716,165 in competitive research funding to date, including:

Research grants:

NHMRC Project grant (2014-2018, $969,852; CIF): Resolve: A new treatment – sensorimotor retaining with Explaining pain – for chronic low back pain.

Arthritis Australia Project grant (2014-2016, $10,000; CIA): Joint pain without a joint? An investigation into the nature of postsurgical pain following joint replacement.

Northern Health Small Research Grant Fund (2013, $3,000; CIB): Do people who fall have disrupted working body schema?

University of South Australia Divisional Research Grant (2012-2013, $15,000; CIA): An evaluation of the potential mechanism behind pain-relieving illusions in osteoarthritis – does the brain change?

Northern Health Small Research Grant Fund (2012, $4998, CIB): Brain training for painful knee OA.

University of South Australia Divisional Research Grant (2011-2012, $15,000; CIA): Stick and stones may break my bones but bullying makes it hurt more.

Physiotherapy Research Foundation Tagged Grant (2009, $19,934; CIB): Classification of back pain.

People support:

NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2014-2018, $299, 564; CIA): Brain training in osteoarthritis.

Canadian Institutes for Health Research Postdoctoral Training Fellowship (2011-2014; $180,000)

University of Sydney International Research Scholarship Award (2007-2010; $60,000 and tuition covered).

Travel support:

Early Career International Research Travel Award (2013; $6000, UniSA): received for a collaborative research visit to premiere neuroimaging lab in Wakeforest, NC, USA

Early Career International Research Travel Award (2012; $5449, UniSA): awarded for a collaborative research visit to top spinal function lab at University of Alberta, Canada

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) travel award (2010; $1300, registration and accommodation costs): awarded based on academic achievement and research publication to attend the 13th World Congress on Pain in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Awards

2016  Ronald Dubner Research Prize Recipient (International Association for the Study of Pain; premiere pain society; award recognises the top paper in pain by a trainee).

2016  Inaugural Rising Star Award, Australian Pain Society

2015  Best New Investigator Award, Australia Physiotherapy Association (national conference)

2015  Young Tall Poppy of the Year, Australia Institute for Policy and Science

2013  Top research paper, PainAdelaide

2013  Journal of Pain publication rated as #3 of top five articles downloaded in 2013

2006  Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Alberta, Canada

2005  Nominee for Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Alberta, Canada

2005  Strathcona Physiotherapy Award, University of Alberta, Canada

2004  Strathcona Physiotherapy Award, University of Alberta, Canada

2001  Academic All-Canadian (dean’s role and member of varsity wrestling team), University of Alberta, Canada

2000  Academic All-Canadian (dean’s role and member of varsity wrestling team)

1999  Academic All-Canadian (dean’s role and member of varsity wrestling team)

*Received over $30,000CAD in scholarships during my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (1998-2007).

Keynote/invited presentations

I have given Plenary or Keynote lectures, all costs covered, at 25 major international/national meetings and invited presentations at 3 meetings. An abbreviated list follows:

2016  Keynote speaker, International Conference “Motion for Life”, Spain

2016  Keynote speaker, Australian Association of Manual Therapists Congress, Sydney, NSW

2016  Keynote speaker, V Conference of Nursing, Lleida, Spain

2016  Keynote speaker, Australian Pain Society Congress, Perth, WA

2015  Keynote speaker, Alberta Health Summit, Calgary, AB, Canada

2015  Keynote speaker, Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA), Adelaide

2015  Keynote speaker, Rheumatology Association Australia, Adelaide

2015  Keynote speaker (x2), Gippsland Health Summit, Gippsland, VIC

2015  Keynote speaker, Annual congress of Physiotherapists – Privatpraktiserende Fysioterapeuters Forbund (PFF), Norway

2014  Keynote speaker, South Australia Physiotherapy Symposium

2014  Keynote speaker, Pain Society of Alberta, Banff, Canada

2014  Keynote speaker, Arthritis South Australia Conference, Adelaide

2014  Keynote speaker, McKenzie Institute Annual Seminar, Adelaide

2014  Keynote speaker, Podiatric Medicine Conference, Sydney, NSW

2014  Invited speaker, PainAdelaide, Adelaide

2013  Keynote speaker, Arthritis SA Conference, Adelaide

2013  Keynote speaker, Gold Coast Health & Medical Research Conference, Gold Coast

2012  Keynote speaker, Arthritis SA Conference, Adelaide

2012  Invited speaker, Pleasure and Pain Workshop, New Forest, UK

2011  Invited speaker, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Brisbane

Conference topical workshop presentations

I have given presentations as part of a specialised topical workshop at 10 conferences:

2016  Australian Pain Society Congress, Perth (Presenter).

2015  Association for Psychological Science, New York, USA (Presenter).*

2015  5th International conference, Neuropathic pain, Nice, France (Presenter, Session Chair).*

2015  Australian Pain Society Congress, Brisbane (Presenter and Session Chair).

2014  International Association for the Study of Pain (Presenter).*,

2014  Australian Pain Society Congress, Hobart (Presenter and Session Chair).

2014  34th Annual Australasian Neuroscience Society Meeting, Adelaide (Presenter).

2013  8th Congress European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC), Florence, Italy (Presenter).*

2012  Australian Pain Society Congress, Melbourne (Presenter)

2009  International Low Back Pain Forum XI, Harvard, Boston, USA (Presenter).

* represents registration, travel and accommodation costs covered in part or in whole;

‡ premiere pain conference in the world

Conference Presentations

I have presented my research at 17 international and 29 national conferences in 12 countries. Highlights include:

2015  World Congress of Physical Therapy, Singapore: Evidence of impaired proprioception in chronic, idiopathic neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

2014  XIII International Back Pain Forum, Campos do Jordao, Brasil: Perceptual dysfunction in chronic low back pain

2013  Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association Conference, Melbourne: Can targeting body perception reduce pain? Multisensory illusions in painful knee osteoarthritis.

2013  European Federation of IASP Chapters, Florence, Italy: How spatially precise is the modulation of pain?

2012  Odense International Forum XII , Odense, Denmark: Treatment-based classification of low back pain – who are the unclear classifications?

2012  14th World Congress on Pain (International Association for the Study of Pain), Milano, Italy:  Is pain downregulated if you expect a painful stimulus immediately nearby?

Extramural lectures

I have delivered 33 extramural lectures at the invitation of 10 universities and 9 hospitals in 5 countries, including:

Australia: Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital, The University of South Australia, Neuroscience Research Australia (University of New South Wales), Macquarie University, Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney), Wollongong Hospital (NSW), Concord Hospital, The George Institute for Global Health

USA: Wakeforest School of Medicine, Harvard (Brigham Women’s Hospital), University of New England

Canada: University of Alberta, Healthpoint Medical Centre, Mosaic Primary Care Health Centre, St Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver; teleconferenced to six other hospitals), Vancouver General Hospital, Worker’s Compensation Board, Millard Health Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

UK: University of Nottingham

Spain: University of Lleida

Fostering public engagement in science

Oral and interactive presentations:

2015  Collaborative mini-documentary with RiAus (riaus.org.au) testing the brain of famous adventurer Tim Jarvis (see episode here: http://riaus.tv/videos/tim-vs-mountain-episode-1)

2015  Gifted and Talented Children (CTC) Association of South Australia, Flinders University, Adelaide, 2 hour interactive presentation about neuroscience and where it can take you.

2015  Nazareth Catholic College, Judging year 8 and 9 research projects for Science week.

2015  Gippsland Health Summit, Victoria, Australia: Pain and the brain. A 15 minute public presentation, with questions and discussion, to increase pain knowledge.

2014  Vancouver public library, Canada: Why what’s between your ears might be more important than your sore back: The role of the brain in chronic pain. Two hour public interactive lecture to increase understanding about pain.

2014  Blue Water Café, Vancouver, Canada: Targeting cortical body representation in chronic pain. Public lecture to increase understanding about pain.

2014  Characters Restaurant, Edmonton, Canada: Osteoarthritis: it’s all about the joint. Or is it? Public lecture to increase understanding about pain.

2013  Successful Ageing Symposium – University of South Australia, Adelaide: Osteoarthritis and the brain – time to think outside the joint. Public lecture to increase understanding about pain.

2013  Illumination – The University of South Australia, Adelaide: Illusions, pain and the brain. Talk to prospective research students showing the potential of science.

2013  Pick a postdoc’s brain – The University of Alberta, Canada: Question & answer session about how to get a fellowship and how to plan your research career.

2013  Neuroscience Research Australia Opening, Sydney, NSW: Public demonstration of illusions and demonstration to Right Honourable Tanya Plibersek.

2013  Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association Educational Session: The multifactorial nature of pain – from fundamental research to novel treatment targets. Public educational lecture.

2012  Here’s Health Event – The University of South Australia: I can get paid to study pain? Talk to prospective postgraduate students to fire them up about research and science.

2012   The University of South Australia: demonstration of illusions to high school students (x3)

2011   University of Nottingham, UK: Demonstration of illusions to prospective students (full day)

Online engagement:

I am a commissioning editor on the blog, bodyinmind.org, which has over 24,000 unique visitors per month. This information is also distributed to over 11,000 engaged Facebook followers. I both write posts and also invite appropriate bloggers based on new research papers, assisting in the editing process of their posts. We also completed a study to understand the impact of blogging: Allen, Stanton, Di Pietro, Moseley. Social media release increases dissemination of original articles in the clinical pain sciences. PLoS ONE: e68914.

I am a founder of the blog, theicecream.org, which is a website targeted at both students considering a career in science and early career scientists. It aims to provide a window into the research life as a postdoc and also provides a forum for discussion and questions. We have successfully hosted two early career research events at major back pain conferences (Brazil and Denmark) and have received two grants from the University of Sydney to fund these events.

Media:

My research has received coverage in print, including The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age – Life & Style, Courier Mail, and in television broadcast including the ABC. I have received coverage in the Spin (Canadian magazine targeting people with Spinal Cord Injury and their families), InMotion (Australian Physiotherapy Association publication), Lifescientist (Perception distortions of the body in pain), and the National Roads and Motor Association magazine. I have performed online interviews (via podcast) for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pain Group and for Physiopedia, an online web resource that aims to increase access to science findings for physiotherapists around the world (physio-pedia.com/Main_Page).

Publications

I have authored 42 published peer-reviewed papers in high-quality pain and imaging journals (for example, Pain – impact factor 5.6; Neurology – impact factor 8.31; Human Brain Mapping – impact factor 6.92). I have an h-index of 11 and my papers, the majority published since 2011, have over 700 citations. The following is an abbreviated list of my top publications.

Papers re-defining the role of the brain in osteoarthritis:

  1. Gilpin, Moseley, Stanton, Newport. Evidence for distorted mental representation of the hand in osteoarthritis. Rheumatology 2015; 54: 678-82. IF = 4.475
  2. Stanton, Lin, Bray, Smeets, Taylor, Law, Moseley. Tactile acuity is disrupted in osteoarthritis but is unrelated to disruptions in motor imagery performance. Rheumatology 2013; 52: 1509-1519. IF = 4.212.
  3. Stanton, Lin, Smeets, Taylor, Law, Moseley. Spatially-defined disruption in motor imagery performance in people with osteoarthritis. Rheumatology 2012; 51:1455-64. IF = 4.212

Papers exploring treatment options in chronic pain:

  1. Boesch, Bellan, Moseley, Stanton. The effect of bodily illusions on clinical pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain 2016; 157:516-29. IF = 5.213
  2. Hush, Stanton, Siddall, Marcuzzi, Attal. Untangling nociceptive, neuropathic and neuroplastic mechanisms underlying the biological domain of back pain. Pain Manage 2013:3:1-14. IF = 2.0
  3. Stanton, Wand, Carr, Birklein, Wasner, O’Connell. Local anaesthetic blockade for complex regional pain syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Aug 19;8:CD004598. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004598.pub3. IF=5.785
  4. Macedo, Latimer, Maher, Hodges, McAuley, Nicholas, Tonkin, Stanton, Stanton, Stafford. Effect of motor control exercises versus graded activity in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: A randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther 2012; 92:363-377. IF = 3.113, cited by 4
  5. Bowering, O’Connell, Tabor, Catley, Leake, Moseley, Stanton. The effects of graded motor imagery and its components on chronic pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain 2013; 14:1-13. IF = 3.240
  6. Stanton, Fritz, Hancock, Latimer, Maher, Wand, Parent. Evaluation of a treatment-based classification algorithm for low back pain: a cross-sectional study. Phys Ther, 2011; 91: 496-509. IF = 3.113

Papers exploring mechanisms behind chronic pain and impairments that occur in chronic pain:

  1. Madden, Harvie, Parker, Jensen, Vlaeyen, Moseley, Stanton. Can pain or hyperalgesia be a classically conditioned response in humans? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain Med 2015; Dec 14, [epub ahead of print].
  2. Stanton, Leake, Chalmers, Moseley. Evidence of impaired proprioception in chronic idiopathic neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Phys Ther 2015; Oct 15 [epub ahead of print].
  3. Berryman, Stanton, Bowering, Tabor, McFarlane, Moseley. Do people with chronic pain have impaired executive function? A meta-analytical review. Clin Psychol Rev 2014;34:563-579.
  4. Di Pietro, Stanton, Moseley, Lotze, McAuley. Interhemispheric somatosensory differences in chronic pain reflect abnormality of the healthy side. Hum Brain Mapp. 2014; 35:508-18.
  5. Di Pietro, McAuley, Parkitny, Lotze, Wand, Moseley, Stanton. Primary motor cortex function in complex regional pain syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain 2013; 14:1270-88.
  6. Di Pietro, McAuley, Parkitny, Lotze, Wand, Moseley, Stanton. Primary somatosensory cortex function in complex regional pain syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain 2013; 14: 1001-18. IF = 3.240
  7. Berryman, Stanton, Bowering, Tabor, McFarlane, Moseley. Evidence for working memory deficits in chronic pain. A systematic review and meta-analysis. PAIN 2013; 154: 1181-96. IF = 5.644
  8. Parkitny, McAuley, Di Pietro, Stanton, O’Connell, Marinus, van Hilten, Moseley. Complex regional pain syndrome and persistent inflammation: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology 2013; 80:106-117.
  9. Stanton, Henschke, Maher, Refshauge, Latimer, McAuley. After an episode of acute back pain, recurrence is unpredictable and not as common as previously thought. Spine 2008; 33(26): 2923-2928. IF = 2.159, cited by 50

Papers exploring the neurophysiology of pain:

  1. Stanton, Gilpin, Reid, Mancini, Spence, Moseley. Modulation of pain via expectation of its location. Eur J Pain 2016; 20:753-66.
  2. Hubscher, Tu, Stanton, Moseley, Wand, Booth, McAuley. Movement restriction does not modulate sensory and perceptual effects of exercise-induced arm pain. Eur J Appl Physiol 2015; 115:1047-55.

Collaborations

I have active collaborations with: Prof Bob Coghill (neurophysiology, Connecticut, USA), Prof Charles Spence (sensory integration; Oxford, UK), A/Prof Roger Newport (sensory illusions; University of Nottingham, UK), Prof Gregory Kawchuk (Spinal function; University of Alberta, Canada), Prof Benedict Wand (Notre Dame Australia), A/Prof Catherine Hill (Rheumatology, Adelaide).

Mentoring

I am currently a supervisor for two postdoctoral fellows, a primary supervisor for two Honour’s students and co-supervisor for one Honour’s student. I have supervised four PhD students to completion (associate supervisor) and have supervised four Honours students to completion (one as primary, one as co-supervisor and two as assistant supervisor), with all attaining high distinction.