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Tissue damage is neither necessary nor sufficient for pain. The more we learn about pain the more this becomes apparent, most significantly when we consider the 20% of people for whom quality of life is reduced by a chronic pain problem. I undertake studies that aim to increase our understanding of why things hurt, why things keep hurting and how we can better prevent and manage chronic pain in the community. There are several themes to this research. One investigates how our brain makes us feel things in our body and how we can change those feelings. Another investigates how changes that occur in the central nervous system when pain persists can be targeted by treatment. Another investigates whether or not such treatments actually work, in the real world.

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NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy, University of South Australia
Senior Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA
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Prof Lorimer Moseley is a clinical scientist investigating pain in humans. Lorimer joined NeuRA from The University of Oxford, UK, where he was Nuffield Medical Research Fellow in the Departments of Clinical Neurology and Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics. In 2011, Lorimer was appointed Prof of Neuroscience and Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia.

He has published 140 papers, three books and several book chapters.

He has given over 120 keynote or invited presentations at interdisciplinary meetings in 30 countries and has provided professional education in pain sciences to over 6500 medical and health practitioners and public lectures to over 5000 people in 5 countries.

He won the inaugural Clinical Science award from the International Association for the Study of Pain, the 2013 Marshal & Warren Award from the NHMRC, and was runner-up for the 2012 Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and his international honours include special awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, the British Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Professor Moseley maintains a blog at Body in Mind

How can other senses be used to modulate pain?

A series of studies in people with experimentally induced and clinical pain (ie patients with pain) in which we attempt to modulate pain via visual and tactile input.

Towards better prevention and management of complex regional pain syndrome

A series of studies aimed at developing better treatments for this disabling and painful disease.

Why do some people not recover from wrist fracture?

A series of studies leading to validation of a predictive model for the development of complex regional pain syndrome after fracture.

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Professor Lorimer Moseley
NHMRC Principal Research Fellow
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy, University of South Australia
T: +61 2 9399 1266
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Dr Tasha Stanton
Research Officer
T: +612 9399 1273
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Dr Markus Huebscher
Research Officer, NeuRA
Conjoint Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW
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Ian Skinner
PhD Student
T: +612 9399 1049