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Bilston Group - Professor Lynne Bilston

We are interested in how the soft tissues of the body respond to and are influenced by mechanical loading. Mechanical loading is essential for tissue growth, function and maintenance, but excessive forces can result in dysfunction or injury. Our research spans basic research in tissue mechanics to applied studies in traumatic injury prevention and obstructive sleep apnoea.

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Senior Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Conjoint Professor, UNSW Medicine
T: +612 9399 1673

From a background in biomechanical engineering, the focus of my research is on how the soft tissues in the human body respond to mechanical loading - both those loads which cause injury and those which are part of normal function. I develop novel methods for measuring biomechanical properties and behaviour of soft tissues in humans, particularly using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and rheometry. I apply these techniques to study mechanisms of traumatic injury, disorders of cerebrospinal fluid flow in the brain and spinal cord, and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Child injury - road trauma is a leading cause of death and disabling injury for children

Our group is studying how road trauma injuries occur in children, and how changes to the types and design of restraints used by children can reduce serious injuries and death.


Hydrocephalus is a neurological disorder where the ventricles in the brain enlarge, often due to obstruction to cerebrospinal fluid flow pathways in the brain.

Magnetic resonance elastography

We have developed new MRI methods to measure the mechanical properties of soft tissues (Magnetic Resonance Elastography or MRE).

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Imaging

We have developed novel imaging methods to measure the stiffness and movement of the upper airway muscles, and are using these together with measures of pharyngeal sensation, and electromyography to d


Syringomyelia is an enigmatic condition in which high pressure fluid-filled cysts form in the spinal cord, often after spinal cord injury or in congenital conditions where there is obstruction to cere

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Professor Lynne Bilston
Senior Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
T: +612 9399 1673
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Dr Lauriane Jugé
Research Officer, NeuRA
Conjoint Associate Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW
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Alice Hatt
Research Assistant
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Dr Peter Burke
Research Officer
T: +612 9399 1843