Senior Commissioning Editor:
Dr Neil O’Connell, (PhD, not MD) is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Brunel University London, UK. He divides his time between research and training new physiotherapists and previously worked extensively as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist.
Neil’s main research interests are chronic low back pain and chronic pain more broadly with a focus on evidence of the effectiveness of interventions. He is a member of the editorial board of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Pain Palliative and Supportive Care Group (PaPaS).
Carolyn finished her PhD with BiM in 2015 exploring chronic pain, somatic hyper vigilance and cognitive function and is pursuing her research and teaching interests in chronic pain and cognitive function with clinical application.
Carolyn has masters degrees in physiotherapy and medical science (pain management). Before winning an Australian Postgraduate Award to return to study she taught pain sciences to under and post graduate physiotherapy students at UniSA with the Noisters and ran her own clinic for a couple of decades. Way back in 1995 she was co-convenor of the inaugural Moving in on Pain conference in Adelaide. Now she uses that experience to inspire and mentor the next generation of interest in pain sciences at Uni SA.
Flavia Di Pietro
Flavia Di Pietro completed her PhD with the Body in Mind Sydney group early in 2014. Her project used functional MRI to investigate the brain’s patterns of activity in people with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) of the upper limb. She now works as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Sydney with Associate Professor Luke Henderson. They are researching the electrical and chemical function of the brain in people with chronic orofacial pain.
Here is a link to Flavia’s published research.
Claudia M. Campbell, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins. She is the Director of the Psychophysical Pain Testing Laboratories for the Behavioral Medicine Research Program. Her research focuses on biobehavioral aspects of acute and chronic pain and her primary research interests and career objectives relate to understanding the mechanisms underpinning individual differences and psychosocial factors on pain-related outcomes and their impact. She is also interested in health disparities and factors affecting pain treatment. Her career goals aim to further our understanding and management of chronic pain.
Dr Alberto Gallace is a cognitive neuroscientist with a special interest in the study of the mechanisms responsible for body-related sensations, pain and touch in particular. He teaches at University of Milano-Bicocca, Psychobiology of human behaviour at both graduate and undergraduate level, and Neuropsychology of Pain at post-graduate level. He is also adjunct professor of Consumer Neuroscience, at commercial university Luigi Bocconi in Milan. Alberto’s work underpins the very first model of tactile awareness and he is among the few researchers who have scientifically approached both the hedonic (e.g., pleasant) and painful aspects of body sensations. Together with Lorimer Moseley and Charles Spence, he developed and started to test a neurocognitive model of body representation that has set the way towards new approaches to the understanding of pain and more in general of the relationship between mind and body, namely the ‘body matrix’.
Dr Daniel Harvie is a PhD graduate of the Body in Mind research group at the University of South Australia. His PhD thesis investigated a new theoretical model relating to how chronic pain develops – the Imprecision Hypothesis. Daniel is now part of the CONROD injury research centre at Griffith University, Queensland. Here he is focussed on better understanding chronic pain and developing brain-based treatments, with a specific focus on whiplash associated disorder. He has a clinical physiotherapy background, including a clinical masters, and has taught Pain Sciences and Clinical Reasoning to physiotherapy students.
Steve Kamper studied Physiotherapy at Sydney University and after a brief period subjecting people with pain to his questionable clinical skills was lured/banished into the world of research. After doing his PhD at the George Institute he spent three years as a postdoc at the VU University in Amsterdam, a time packed full of patient expectations, systematic reviews, travel and cheese. His research so far has been in the fields of back and neck pain, research methodology, patient expectations and most recently musculoskeletal pain in children. Steve also spends his time running the International Collaboration of Early Career Researchers (www.thecream.org), which is designed to connect and provide resources for people near the start of their career in health care research. When not doing research stuff, he likes to run, play football, ride his bike and tell people how bad the coffee in Amsterdam is.
James McAuley is a psychologist with a PhD from Brunel University. He immigrated to Australia in 2004 to take up a post doc at the University of Sydney and the George Institute for Global Health with Profs Chris Maher. In 2010 he moved to NeuRA where he is a senior research scientist and oversees the Sydney arm of BiM. James’ research is focused on identifying the processes that underlie the development and maintenance of chronic pain. This information is used to improve patient outcomes by developing and testing new interventions to prevent and better manage chronic pain.
Tasha Stanton is a National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia Early Career Fellow that works out the Adelaide (and sometimes Sydney) BIM labs. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia where she leads research into the somatosensation, multisensory integration, cortical body representation and pain. Trained originally as a physiotherapist in Canada, she then completed a Master’s in spinal biomechanics (University of Alberta), followed by a PhD at the George Institute for Global Health/University of Sydney in pain epidemiology, and then received a Canadian Institutes for Health Research Fellowship (2011-2014) to start her journey into pain neuroscience, where she remains today! She was South Australia’s Young Tall Poppy of the year in 2015, an award that recognises good science and good communication about that science. She has given over 20 keynote/invited speaker presentations around the world and was recognised as the Australian Pain Society’s inaugural Rising Star (2015) and Elsevier and Manual Therapy’s Best New Investigator (2015). She has over 40 publications in the area of pain.
Tash’s current research interests include osteoarthritis, multisensory illusions, cortical body schema, pain and perception.
Professor Ben Wand is currently the coordinator of musculoskeletal studies for the Physiotherapy program at The University of Notre Dame, Australia. He completed his original physiotherapy degree, as well as post graduate qualifications in sports science and manipulative physiotherapy in Sydney. He undertook his PhD at Brunel University in London on physiotherapy management of low back pain. Ben’s current research interests include the role of central nervous system dysfunction in chronic low back pain and physiotherapy management of chronic spinal pain.
Dr David Butler is an internationally renowned clinical educator and pain scientist and Director of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute
David is also the author of 3 books and numerous book chapters including Explain Pain with Lorimer Moseley. He has developed and implemented pain science curricula for undergraduate and post-graduate programs and has taught over five thousand clinicians in 25 countries. He is a regular keynote speaker at clinical conferences across the world and covers concepts of clinical reasoning, physical health of the nervous system and pain sciences.
Giandomenico Iannetti, MD, PhD, is a neuroscientist leading a research group based at University College London, United Kingdom. His research topic is the physiology of sensory systems in humans, and in particular nociception and pain. He has a longstanding interest in understanding the functional significance of the different responses elicited by sudden and intense stimuli in the human brain.
Giandomenico’s research group is truly multidisciplinary, and combines psychophysics and a range of laboratory techniques (spanning from electromyography to functional MRI) to provide a readout of the function of the human nervous system at different levels.
After a PhD at “La Sapienza” University of Rome (2003) and a post-doc at the University of Oxford (2003-2006), Giandomenico was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2006. In 2009 he moved his research group to University College London, where he is Reader in Human Neuroscience. He has been recently selected as the 2012 recipient of the Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain. His research team is part of the GAMFI collaboration.
Mark P. Jensen, is a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Jensen’s research program focuses on the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for pain management. He has been awarded a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health and other funding sources for this work, and is the author or co-author of over 400 articles and chapters. He has received a number of awards from the American Psychological Association (2003 APA Division 30 Award for Best Clinical Paper and 2012 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scientific Hypnosis), the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Roy M. Dorcus Award for Best Clinical Paper, 2004), and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (Clark Hull Award for Scientific Excellence in Writing on Experimental Hypnosis, 2009) for his scientific contributions. He is the author of Hypnosis for chronic pain management, which won the 2011 Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Arthur Shapiro Award for Best Book on Hypnosis. He is also the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain.
Martin Lotze was born in Munich, was soon sure to follow Konrad Lorenz’ traces of imprinting and wanted to become a behavioral scientist. Unfortunately, behavioral sciences became uncool when he started to study biology – all the research energy was concentrated on genes and membranes in the early 80’s.
Martin switched to medicine and got in touch with Ernst Pöppel´s department of Medical Psychology at the University of Munich. Pöppel’s group was doing fascinating work on brain and time and Martin was a continuously contributing guest and student in the lab and started his work on changes in sensory capabilities working night and day in 1987. He had not finished his MD when he started his clinical work in the pain ambulance of the LMU University Hospital in Munich where he tried unhappily to be both doctor and scientist.
Martin was lucky enough to contribute to the opening of a very enthusiastic Neurological Rehabilitation hospital in 1994 in cooperation with the LMU University of Munich. He did his psychiatric year necessary for his neurological specialization and read a job announcement for a postdoc in functional imaging at the University of Tuebingen, who were the first to introduce this method in Germany in the 90’s. The work was all about brain plasticity, one part was the investigation of amputees together with Herta Flor and Niels Birbaumer and the other was about predictive fMRI-findings for the outcome in traumatic brain injury. These early works and the functional imaging method and brain plasticity has fascinated him ever since. Additionally, he had the chance to work with transcranial magnetic stimulation in the lab of Leonardo Cohen at the NIH in Bethesda.
In 2006, after 10 years of research work in Tuebingen, Martin had the chance to build up his own functional imaging group at the University of Greifswald in the Northeast of Germany where he is researching brain plasticity after training and during the experience of pathology- such as neuropathic pain.
Dr Mick Thacker is widely regarded as the words nicest clever person. He started his PhD under the veritable godfather of pain science Professor Patrick Wall and has continued to forge a path towards a better understanding of the role of the immune system in chronic and neuropathic pain. He currently runs the Kings College London masters of pain science programme. He knows more about dragon flies than most people in the world and he knows more about the immune system than he does about dragon flies.
João Paulo (JP) is a Specialist Physiotherapist (FACP) consulting at Bodylogic Physiotherapy in Western Australia. JP also lectures in the Clinical Masters in Physiotherapy at Curtin University, where he is currently doing a PhD supervised by Peter O’Sullivan, Anne Smith, Ottmar Lip and Lorimer Moseley. JP’s research is investigating the process of change in people with persistent low back pain and high pain-related fear undergoing a personalized Cognitive Functional Therapy intervention. In his spare time, JP travels to Brazil to visit his family as well as doing a bit of teaching.
Hopin is part of the PREVENT team at Neuroscience Research Australia and is diving into the final stages of his PhD. Hopin’s research primarily focuses on understanding causal mechanisms that underlie the development of chronic pain, and the interventions that aim to treat it. On the side, Hopin is also interested in the use of social media data and the utility of mobile apps in musculoskeletal health.
Hopin catastrophizes about caffeine and chilli, loves football, tries to perfect the Spagetti alla Puttanesca, mindfully regulates his OCD for vinyl, and tries to attend as many gigs in Sydney while avoiding the heat. Oh and he tweets… sporadically… @hopinlee
Tory is a physiotherapist who worked clinically before turning her focus toward research. She did her PhD with BiM, looking at classical conditioning and pain. She is now a postdoc at the University of Cape Town, where she is exploring the role of social threat and is also involved in teaching. Tory spends some of her spare time running in the mountains – a necessary pastime that conveniently balances her penchant for excessive consumption of chocolate and other tasty delights.
Adrian is right in the thick of his PhD research at NeuRA looking at the prediction and prevention of chronic back pain. He is particularly interested in the effects of the clinical consultation. Like most physios, Adrian likes talking to patients and, thanks to Carl Rogers, is getting better at listening.
Adrian’s musical taste has changed recently – from moody indie rock to “Giggle and Hoot’s Giggleicious Favourites”.
Sarah is working on her PhD at BiM Adelaide. Her interest is in defensive bodily space. She is also working part-time as a physio and is an associate editor for BiM. Sarah finished an Honours thesis in normative left/right neck rotation judgments in 2010 and also worked as a part-time research assistant here at BiM in 2012. Now she has started her PhD it seems that Sarah just can’t get enough of this place! She absolutely loves anything outdoorsy, from rock climbing to kayaking, and cops a lot from her fellow BiMers about her outdoor gear and habits.