THE BRAIN, THE BODY AND CHRONIC PAIN
Prof Ben Wand is currently the coordinator of musculoskeletal studies for the Physiotherapy program at The University of Notre Dame Australia. He completed his original physiotherapy degree, as well as post-graduate qualifications in sports science and manipulative physiotherapy in Sydney. He undertook his PhD at Brunel University in London on physiotherapy management of acute low back pain. His current research interests include the role of disrupted body perception in chronic pain and physiotherapy management of chronic spinal pain.
MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN AND EXERCISE
Challenging existing paradigms and introducing new
Dr Benjamin Smith is a clinical research physiotherapist based at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton/University of Nottingham, UK.
He has published widely on pain and exercise, both with primary and secondary research. His research interests include the management of persistent musculoskeletal pain and the role of exercise and physical activity in prevention and treatment. In 2016 he won an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to conduct a PhD at the University of Nottingham related to the assessment and management of patellofemoral pain in young adults, particularly concerning exercise prescription and pain. He is a member of the International Patellofemoral Research Network (iPFRN) steering committee for their 2019 consensus statement on psychological and pain features of patellofemoral pain.
DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS IN MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS
Dr Chad Cook is professor at Duke University, the program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy division with a category A appointment in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Cook also has a secondary appointment in population health sciences. He is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service and 20 years of academic experience. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. Dr. Cook has published over 260 peer-reviewed papers and has keynoted in 6 continents and numerous countries. He has two textbooks in their 2nd edition and a third textbook in its first edition. Dr. Cook has won numerous awards locally at Duke for teaching, is the 2009 Baethke-Carlin award winner for the American Physical Therapy Association, is the 2008 recipient of the Helen Bradley career achievement award, and is the 2005 winner of the J Warren Perry Distinguished Authorship Award. In addition, Dr. Cook is also the 2011 winner and was the 2012 and 2013 co-winner of the AAOMPT Excellence in Research Award. He was selected as a 2019 Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA.
CONTEMPORARY MANAGEMENT OF OSTEOARTHRITIS
Dr JP Caneiro is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist, Titled Pain Physiotherapist, and has a PhD in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. At Curtin University, JP is a research fellow part of a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Knee osteoarthritis, and a multicenter trial for back pain.
JP also lectures in the Master of Clinical Physiotherapy. Clinically, JP focuses on the management of complex musculoskeletal pain presentations, working at Body Logic Physiotherapy in Perth. JP is an Associated Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and for two educational websites, Body in Mind.org and Pain-Ed.com.
JP is also on the scientific committee for the International Association for the Study of Pain. He has published several research papers and presented his work internationally. JP is committed to dispel myths about pain, and to translate scientific evidence into simple and clear messages about pain to the public.
CENTRAL SENSITIZATION: SENSE & NONSENSE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC PAIN
Jo Nijs holds a PhD in rehabilitation science and physiotherapy and master of sciences degrees in physiotherapy / rehabilitations sciences as well as manual therapy. He is associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels, and holder of the Chair 'Exercise immunology and chronic fatigue in health and disease' funded by the European College for Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy. He runs the Pain in Motion research group (www.paininmotion.be) and a physiotherapy-based treatment program for patients with chronic pain in the University Hospital Brussels. His research and clinical interests are patients with chronic 'unexplained' pain / fatigue and pain-movement interactions, with special emphasis on the central nervous system. The primary aim of his research is improving care (i.e. physiotherapy) for patients with chronic pain. He has (co-)authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, has obtained over € 3.3 million of grant income, and served more than 100 times as an invited speaker at national and international meetings. His work has been cited >1000 times (h-index: 18; ISI Web of Knowledge). He supervised 5 completed PhD's (all physical therapists obtaining a PhD degree).
MANUAL THERAPY MECHANISMS OF ACTION
Dr Joel Bialosky has over 14 years of clinical experience primarily in orthopedic and musculoskeletal physical therapy. He is a board certified clinical specialist in Orthopaedics and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in 1990 and a master’s degree in musculoskeletal physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He graduated from the University of Florida with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2008 with his research interests focused on the mechanisms of manual therapy in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.
COGNITIVE FUNCTIONAL THERAPY
Dr Kieran O’Sullivan graduated as a physiotherapist from University College Dublin in 1999. In 2004 he completed an MSc in Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. In 2005, he started lecturing at the University of Limerick, where he currently works as a Senior Lecturer. In 2008 he was awarded specialist member status by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. From 2016-2019, he took a 3-year career break to act as Lead Physiotherapist at the Sports Spine Centre at Aspetar, Qatar. His research interest is musculoskeletal pain and injury, particularly persistent spinal pain. He completed his PhD, funded by the Health Research Board of Ireland, on persistent low back pain. He has published one book, six book chapters and over 140 journal articles. He has obtained over 4m euros in research funding. His research group disseminates its research through www.pain-ed.com, which is an online platform providing advice and information from both patients and clinical researchers on managing musculoskeletal pain.
EVALUATION OF RED FLAGS
A clinical framework to support identification of serious pathology
Laura Finucane is a consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the UK specialising in spinal conditions. She is the education and training lead for advanced practitioners and physiotherapists ensuring clinicians maintain their competency and expertise to deliver the service. She also provides clinical support to advanced practitioners from other professions specialising in musculoskeletal conditions. Clinically she manages patients with back pain working closely with the spinal surgeons, directly listing patients for surgical intervention when necessary. She is affiliated to the University of Brighton and is an external examiner and tutor for the masters course leading to membership to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). She is a clinical mentor to students on placement in clinical practice for a number of universities. Laura’s special interest is in serious pathologies of the spine and she has presented nationally and internationally on this subject. She has written a number of papers related to serious pathology and teaches at a postgraduate level. She is the Vice President of The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).
CORE COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS TO UNDERPIN PSYCHOLOGICALLY INFORMED AND PERSON CENTRED CARE
Steven Vogel is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University College of Osteopathy in London. Although most of his working time is spent on research and education, he held a clinical post as an osteopath in an NHS primary care setting for over 20 years and more recently works in private practice. His main research interests focus on back pain, clinicians’ beliefs and attitudes and more recently, reassurance, communication and consent, safety and manual therapy. Steven was a member of the development groups for the NICE clinical guidelines for persistent non-specific low back pain and the current NICE low back pain and sciatica clinical guideline. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
RECONCEPTUALISING MANUAL THERAPY
Dr Toby Hall is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, and a director of Manual Concepts in Perth Australia, for which he teaches a range of manual therapy courses around the world. He graduated in the UK in 1985, completed an MSc in 1996 and a PhD in 2010. Toby has presented at many conferences, published many book chapters and published more than 110 peer-reviewed articles relating to manual therapy, particularly topics relating to cervicogenic headache, neural tissue disorders and the Mulligan Concept. He has co-authored 3 books “Mobilisation with Movement, The Art and the Science” & The Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy: Textbook of Techniques” in 1st & 2nd Edn. He regularly reviews for many journals, is on the international advisory panel of the journal Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.