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Chief Investigators

The CRE is being led by 10 chief investigators from the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Monash University, Keele University and University College London, UK.

Professor Kim Bennell - Director of the CRE

Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy,

University of Melbourne

Prof Kim Bennell is a physiotherapist and a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. Her research focuses on conservative non-drug management of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly osteoarthritis. She has conducted numerous clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of treatments including exercise, manual therapy, footwear, insoles and braces. Prof Bennell has over 250 publications and more than $20 million in grant funding including a current NHMRC Program grant in musculoskeletal conditions. Prof Bennell is on the Board of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International and the Editorial Board of several journals including Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. She has a strong track record in early career research supervision and mentoring.

Contact details:

Ph: + 61 3 8344 4135

Email: k.bennell@unimelb.edu.au

Website: http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person543



Professor David Hunter - Co-Director of the CRE

Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology, Professor of Medicine

Institute of Bone and Joint Research and Kolling Institute, University of Sydney

Staff Specialist, Royal North Shore Hospital

Consultant Rheumatologist, North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine

Professor Hunter is a rheumatology clinician researcher with a strong focus on clinical and translational research in osteoarthritis. His main research focus is on key elements in osteoarthritis including: its epidemiology; the application of imaging to better understand structure and function, with application to both epidemiologic research and clinical trials; novel therapies in disease management; and heath service system delivery of chronic disease management. He is an editor for leading international journals in his field, has authored books on osteoarthritis, and has published over 300 peer reviewed journals articles.

Contact details:

Ph: + 61 2 9463 1887

Email: David.Hunter@sydney.edu.au

Website: http://www.medfac.usyd.edu.au/people/academics/profiles/dhunter.php

Professor Paul Hodges

NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE),

The University of Queensland

Professor Paul Hodges is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE) at the University of Queensland. He has three doctorates in physiotherapy and neuroscience and his work blends these skills to understand pain, control of movement and rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain and knee osteoarthritis. He has published more than 330 papers and book chapters and 3 clinical/research texts. Paul has received more than $34 million dollars in research funding including two NHMRC Program Grants as lead chief investigator. In 2011 he received the NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked NHMRC Research Fellow across disciplines in Australia.

Contact details:

Phone: +61 7 3365 2008
Email: p.hodges@uq.edu.au

Website: http://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/1050

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder

Director Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute,

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine,

Monash University


Professor Buchbinder is a rheumatologist, clinical epidemiologist and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. Her research has a strong emphasis on answering clinically important questions that can be translated into better quality patient care and outcomes. She has a strong track record in performing large collaborative research projects in rheumatology/musculoskeletal disorders, health literacy, and new outcome measures and has published over 340 papers. Professor Buchbinder is Joint Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group and sits on several other editorial boards including Arthritis Research & Therapy and Physical Therapy. She is also a Monash-Warwick Honorary Professor in the Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick University, UK.

Contact details:

Ph: + 61 3 95094445

Email: rachelle.buchbinder@monash.edu

Website: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/epidemiology/


Associate Professor Marie Pirotta

Department of General Practice,

University of Melbourne


Associate Professor Pirotta is a general practitioner and a NHMRC Career Development Fellow. Her research focuses on evidence for complementary therapies and common conditions treated in general practice. She has conducted numerous clinical trials in primary care settings of complementary therapies, including for acupuncture and some herbal medicines. A/Prof Pirotta has over 100 publications and more than $10 million in grant funding. She is on the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines and the immediate past chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner’s National Standing Committee – Research.

Contact details:
Ph: +61 3 8344 9723

Email: m.pirotta@unimelb.edu.au

Website: http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person15248#tab-publications

Professor Rana Hinman

Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, 

University of Melbourne


Professor Hinman is an academic physiotherapist and ARC Future Fellow whose research is centred on improving the non-drug and non-surgical management of osteoarthritis. Her research has investigated physical impairments associated with disease, risk factors for knee osteoarthritis progression, efficacy of non-drug treatments (particularly exercise and orthotics/footwear), and biomechanical mechanisms underlying treatment efficacy. Her research is also focused on strategies to improve the uptake of, and adherence to, exercise in people with osteoarthritis. Rana has 126 published/in-press peer-reviewed journal publications, as well as six book chapters. She has received almost $9 million in grant funding and is on the editorial boards of several journals including Physical Therapy and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Contact details:

Ph: +61 3 8344 3223

Email: ranash@unimelb.edu.au

Website: http://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person5913

Professor Anthony Harris

Faculty of Business & Economics,

Monash University


Professor Anthony Harris is Director of the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University. He has held previous academic positions at the University of Aberdeen, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. He has been awarded numerous competitive research grants including an NHMRC funded program modeling the economics of the health care system in Australia, a macroeconomic model of the impact of an influenza epidemic, and an ARC grant on drug pricing.

His most recent work has been an analysis of international drug reimbursement decision making, econometric analyses of the impact of chronic disease on labour market outcomes in Australia, and the demand and supply of acute and emergency public hospital care.

Contact details:

Ph: +61 3 9905 8380
Email: Anthony.Harris@buseco.monash.edu
Website: http://www.monash.edu.au/research/people/profiles/profile.html?sid=1314&pid=2925


Professor Nadine Foster

Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre,

Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences,

Keele University, UK


Professor Foster is a physiotherapist and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Professor. Her research focuses on primary care management of adults with musculoskeletal conditions, particularly low back pain, knee osteoarthritis and shoulder pain. She has led and collaborated on numerous clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of treatments including stratified care, exercise and physical activity, acupuncture and corticosteroid injection. Prof Foster has over 100 publications and more than £23 million in grant funding including a current NIHR Programme grant developing and testing stratified care for adults with musculoskeletal conditions in primary care. Prof Foster is on national and international research funding committees including the NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Panel and the Health Technology Assessment TIDE panel for Primary Care and Public Health Interventions. She has a strong track record in early career research supervision and mentoring.

Contact details:

Ph: + 44 (0)1782 734705

Email: n.foster@keele.ac.uk

Website: http://www.keele.ac.uk/pchs/staff/professors/nadinefoster/


Professor Susan Michie

Director, UCL Centre for Behaviour Change,

University College London


Susan Michie is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London, UK. She completed her undergraduate and doctoral education in psychology at the University of Oxford and her clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. She is a chartered clinical and health psychologist and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the European Health Psychology Society and the British Psychological Society. Susan Michie’s research focuses on behaviour change in relation to health: how to understand it theoretically and apply theory to intervention development and evaluation, and to evidence synthesis.

Contact details:

Ph: + 44 207 679 5930 (int x45930)

Email: s.michie@ucl.ac.uk

Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/health-psychology/people/michie/


Professor Bill Vicenzino

Chair in Sports Physiotherapy, Director, Sports Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention for Health Research Unit,

Director, Master of Physiotherapy Programs in Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy,

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Physiotherapy,

Chair Medical Research Ethics Committee,

The University of Queensland


Professor Vicenzino’s focus is on musculoskeletal health, pain and injury. He has received over $25 million in research funds (NHMRC, ARC, commercial) and conducts clinical trials on treatments such as exercise, manual therapy, injections, advice/education, and orthoses/taping. One trial was rated as a top 15 /29,000 (PEDro-indexed) ‘ground breaking trials that changed the way people are treated’ and ‘mark important milestones in the evolution of physiotherapy treatment’ He has communicated his research in over 200 peer-reviewed journal publications, 2 books, 35 chapters, and in over 300 podium/workshop presentations. He has a sustained track record in supervising and mentoring early career scholars.


Contact details:

Ph: + 61 409 267 247

Email: b.vicenzino@uq.edu.au

Website: http://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/53