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Michael Wewege

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Doctoral Candidate


Michael Wewege is a Doctoral Candidate at Neuroscience Research Australia and UNSW Sydney, supervised by A/Prof James McAuley. His research focuses on evaluating the comparativeness effectiveness of medicines for low back pain using network meta-analysis, which will create a hierarchy of medicines to guide clinical decision-making.

Michael is also a Casual Academic at UNSW Sydney, where he teaches undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine. He graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (with the University Medal) in 2016, and a Master of Science by research in 2019, where he conducted a clinical trial examining low-volume exercise training for adults with metabolic syndrome.

Projects Michael Wewege 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 Evaluation of the impact of unpublished data from clinical trial registries on the effects of medicines for low back pain.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

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

DR HOPIN LEE PhD Candidate

Markus Hubscher

DR MARKUS HUEBSCHER Postdoctoral Fellow