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Saurab Sharma


Dr Saurab Sharma is a postdoctoral research fellow at NeuRA. His postdoctoral fellowship is partly supported by International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) John J. Bonica Fellowship. His PhD focused on improving pain research, assessment, and management in Nepal which was rated as a thesis of exceptional quality (2020). Prior to commencing his PhD in 2017, Saurab worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and lecturer in Nepal for a decade. During this time, he successfully supervised nine Bachelor of Physiotherapy honour’s theses at Kathmandu University.

His current research includes developing global strategies for improving musculoskeletal health and developing and testing assessment methods and interventions for pain. He is specifically interested in musculoskeletal pain (e.g., back pain, osteoarthritis), other chronic pain conditions (e.g., complex regional pain syndrome), and cross-cultural pain management. He is also interested in improving evidence-based practice, patient-centred care, and shared decision making in healthcare. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers. Follow Saurab’s work on Google Scholar.

He is currently an associate editor for BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. He frequently reviews papers for several prestigious pain, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation journals; and international conferences such as the World Physiotherapy Congress and the World Pain Congress.

He is one of the Commissioners for the Lancet Commission on Osteoarthritis. He is also a founding member of Global Alliance for Pain Patient Advocates (GAPPA) of the IASP and an active member of Pain, Mind, and Movement special interest group of the IASP.

Projects Saurab Sharma is currently involved with


MEMOIR – a clinical trial for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a disabling pain disorder, affecting approximately 5,000 people in Australia annually. It is characterised by severe burning, stinging and stabbing pain. People with CRPS are unable to use their painful limb and their ability to work or participate in normal social activities is severely restricted. Currently, there are no effective treatments for CRPS.

The MEMOIR Trial is a Commonwealth Government-funded, randomised controlled trial testing two novel treatments for CRPS. MEMOIR will test whether a drug, memantine, and a rehabilitation program, Graded Motor Imagery (GMI), produce greater improvements in pain intensity and function than placebo and standard care for CRPS.

The MEMOIR trial will be delivered remotely, via Telehealth, allowing Australia-wide recruitment of participants. Recruitment for MEMOIR will begin in early 2021. If you are interested in being contacted once recruitment has begun, please enter your details below.

MEMOIR Investigators

MEMOIR consolidates the expertise of scientists and clinicians:

  • A/Prof James McAuley, School of Medical Sciences & NeuRA, University of New South Wales
  • A/Prof Sylvia Gustin, School of Psychology & NeuRA, University of New South Wales
  • Prof Andrew McLachlan, Dean of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
  • Prof Lorimer Moseley, University of South Australia
  • Prof Benedict Wand, School of Physiotherapy, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Dr Neil O’Connell, Brunel University London
  • Dr Hopin Lee, University of Oxford
  • Prof Eric Visser, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Prof Sallie Lamb, University of Exeter
  • Mr Michael Ferraro, NeuRA, University of New South Wales


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MEMOIR – a clinical trial for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome