Aidan Cashin

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Doctoral Candidate

+61 2 9399 1806


Aidan Cashin is a Doctoral Candidate at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). A member of the pain research group headed by Dr James McAuley, his research deals with investigating the mechanisms of treatments for chronic low back pain. He is also interested in increasing the openness and transparency of research and is involved in developing a reporting guideline for mechanisms evaluation studies.
Prior to commencing research, Aidan pursued a successful clinical career as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, practising primarily in the field of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Aidan also has a casual academic position at the University of New South Wales, within the School of Medical Sciences and is involved in the teaching and evaluating of undergraduate exercise physiology students.

Projects Aidan Cashin is currently involved with

CURRENT PROJECTS

Medicines for Back Pain

Medicines are a common treatment for back pain. The aim of this program of research is to improve our understanding of the clinical effects of medicines. Several studies constitute this program. 
 
Studies: 
1. A scoping review of analgesic medicines for chronic low back pain
The objective of this study is to identify the available clinical trials of medicines for chronic low back pain.  
This information will contribute to the methodology of Study 3. 
 
2. Evaluation of the impact of unpublished data from clinical trial registries on the effects of medicines for low back pain. 
The objective of this study is to evaluate whether there is a difference between clinical trial data that are published and those that are not published. 
This information will contribute to the methodology of Study 3. 
 
3. Paracetamol, NSAIDs and opioid analgesics for chronic low back pain: a network meta-analysis. 
The objective of this study is to produce information about the clinical effects of available analgesic medicines for chronic low back pain. This information will be available in a Cochrane review to assist clinical prescription of medicines.
Related Publications: 
Bagg MK et al. (2018). Paracetamol, NSAIDS and opioid analgesics for chronic low back pain: a network meta-analysis [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 6.doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013045

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Medicines for Back Pain

AGReMA Project

Developing a Guideline for Reporting Mediation Analyses (AGReMA) in randomized trials and observational studies.

Investigating causal mechanisms using mediation analysis is becoming increasingly common in psychology, public health, and social science. Despite increasing popularity, the accuracy and completeness when reporting mediation analyses are inconsistent. Inadequate and inaccurate reporting of research stifles replication, limits assessment of potential bias, complicates meta-analyses, and wastes resources. There is a pressing need to develop a reporting standard for mediation analyses. Up to now, there have been no registered initiatives on the “Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency of health Research” (EQUATOR) network that guide the reporting of mediation analyses. Our proposed project aims to improve the reporting quality of future mediation analyses by developing a reporting guideline through a program of established methodologies (Systematic Review, Delphi Survey, Consensus Meetings, and Guideline Dissemination). The development and implementation of this guideline will improve the transparency of research findings on causal mechanisms across multiple disciplines.

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AGReMA Project

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: CASE STUDY – EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE AUSTRALIA (ESSA)

EXERCISE FOR CHRONIC MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN: A BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL APPROACH – THE NEURA BLOG

RESEARCH TEAM

THIAGO FOLLY Research Assistant

ANIKA HAIGH Research Assistant

PAULINE ZAHARA Research Assistant

IAN SKINNER Postdoctoral Fellow : 9399 1049
: i.skinner@neura.edu.au

ADRIAN TRAEGER PhD Candidate

HOPIN LEE PhD Candidate

Markus Hubscher

DR MARKUS HUEBSCHER Postdoctoral Fellow

PUBLICATIONS

Persistent Pain After Wrist or Hand Fracture: Development and Validation of a Prognostic Model.

Cashin AG, Traeger AC, Hübscher M, Moseley GL, di Pietro F, Parkitny L, McAuley JH

To develop and validate a prognostic model from a comprehensive range of candidate prognostic factors that can identify patients who are at risk of developing persistent pain following wrist or hand fracture. We developed and externally validated a prognostic model to predict persistent pain 4 months after a wrist or hand fracture. Future studies are needed to assess whether the accuracy of this model can be improved by updating and validating it in local settings.

Reproducible and replicable pain research: a critical review.

Lee H, Lamb SE, Bagg MK, Toomey E, Cashin AG, Moseley GL

Measuring two-point discrimination threshold with a caliper.

Cashin AG, McAuley JH
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