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catherine granger

Dr Catherine Granger
Dr Catherine Granger is a physiotherapist clinician-researcher with expertise in physical activity and exercise for cancer and cardiorespiratory patient populations. She is the Head of Physiotherapy Research and Chair of the Allied Health Quality and Research Committee at the Royal Melbourne Hospital; and a Senior Lecturer in the Physiotherapy Department at The University of Melbourne in Australia.

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Professor Denise Taylor
Professor Denise Taylor's professional specialty is in neurological rehabilitation, having taught neurological rehabilitation on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes since 1996. She has expertise in 3 dimensional motion analysis and was key in attracting the ADHB and STARSHIP hospital gait analysis service to Auckland University of Technology. 

 Emma Wyeth

Dr Emma Wyeth
Dr Emma Wyeth is the Director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora Māori o Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit) and a Senior Lecturer in Māori Health, both in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. She is also the Associate Head of Department – Māori in the Department.

 Fiona Jones

Professor Fiona Jones
Fiona Jones is Professor of Rehabilitation Research at St George’s University of London and Kingston University, and the founder and CEO of ‘Bridges self-management’. She was previously the Chief Investigator for SESAME – a cluster feasibility trial to test Bridges within stroke teams in London.

 Georgoe Davidson

Georgie Davidson
Georgie provides embodied and experiential training that brings research findings into the clinical setting to assist people with physical and emotional pain to heal and thrive. In Australia, she is a leading mindfulness teacher, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and yoga teacher with extensive training and experience in working with people with pain individually and in group settings.

 Gisela Sole

Dr Gisela Sole
Dr Sole's research focusses on outcomes of musculoskeletal injury, exploring long term effects of injury and pain on physical performance, quality of life, and patients' and health professionals' beliefs. She has a special interest in biomechanics and neurophysiological aspects of pain management, combining quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Haxby Abbot 

Professor Haxby Abbott
Professor Haxby Abbott, PhD, DPT, FNZCP is a Research Associate Professor in the Orthopaedic Surgery section of the Department of Surgical Sciences, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. Research in his Management of Osteoarthritis (MOA) group, within the Centre for Musculoskeletal Outcomes Research, includes clinical trials, health economics, and clinical programme development and evaluation.

 Joanne Potterton

Associate Professor Joanne Potterton
Joanne Potterton is an associate professor in the physiotherapy department at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is responsible for teaching paediatric physiotherapy at undergraduate and post graduate level, with a main research interest in paediatric HIV and its effect on child development.

 Julie Reeve

Dr Julie Reeve
Julie Reeve is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology and contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Her teaching and research has primarily focussed on the physiotherapy management of the patient undergoing major surgery and acute and critical illness.

 Kate Webster

Associate Professor Kate Webster
Dr Kate Webster is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area at La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia. Dr Webster’s primary area of research interest is anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Her research as it relates to the ACL has focussed on surgical techniques and outcomes, knee biomechanics and return to sport issues, with a focus on the psychological impact of returning to sport participation.

 Kathryn Schneider

Dr Kathryn Schneider
Dr Kathryn Schneider is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist (Physiotherapist) at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the prevention and treatment of sport-related concussion.

 Leigh Hale

Professor Leigh Hale
Professor Leigh Hale is the Dean of the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago. Her research is focused on clinical neurorehabilitation, with specific interests in community falls prevention programmes for older adults; fall prevention in adults with intellectual disability; self-management and stroke; exercise and physical activity in people with long term conditions, particularly Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson's Disease, and Alzheimer's disease; and the use of virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation.

 Linda Woodhouse

Associate Professor Linda Woodhouse
Dr Linda Woodhouse PT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta Canada. Linda served as an Endowed Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University (2011-2016) and as Scientific Director for Alberta Health Services’ Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network (2012 to 2015).

 Lou James

Lou James
Lou James (MNZM) has dedicated the last 15 years to helping improve the lives of people affected by cancer in New Zealand and overseas. In 2006, Lou founded the PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Trust to help make rehabilitation more accessible and affordable for all New Zealanders.

 Ngaire Kerse

Professor Ngaire Kerse
Professor Ngaire Kerse is a GP and Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland. Currently she is Head of the School of Population Health, and runs a programme of research in falls prevention, activity promotion and health in advanced age.

 Nicola Kayes

Associate Professor Nicola Kayes
Nicola Kayes is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Person Centred Research at Auckland University of Technology. She has a background in health psychology and so her research predominantly explores the intersection between health psychology and rehabilitation.

 Paul Hodges

Professor Paul Hodges
Paul Hodges PhD MedDr DSc BPhty(Hons) FACP is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Professor and Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. Paul has three doctorates; one in Physiotherapy and two in Neuroscience. His research blends these skills to understand pain, movement control, incontinence, breathing and rehabilitation.

 Ramakrishnan Mani

Dr Ramakrishnan Mani
Dr Ramakrishnan Mani is a senior lecturer at the Univerity of Otago. His current research focusses on three key areas: pain mechanisms; pain education and curriculum; and sedentary behaviour and physical activity.

 Stephanie Woodley

Dr Stephanie Woodley
Dr Stephanie Woodley is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago, based in the Department of Anatomy. Coming from a physiotherapy background, Stephanie has taught clinical anatomy to physiotherapy and science students for 15 years and also mentors postgraduate research students. Her research focuses on the hip and pelvic regions, with a particular interest in the anatomy of the gluteal muscles, hip pain, imaging and clinical assessment.

 Tania Pizzari

Dr Tania Pizzari
Dr Tania Pizzari has published over 60 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals since completing her PhD in 2002, with the majority of publications in the area of musculoskeletal medicine. Continuing to work as a physiotherapy clinician, she has a part-time academic role at La Trobe University, and is a research fellow of the Australia Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention.

Caroline Nicolson

Caroline Nicolson
Caroline Nicolson MPhysio (Cardio), Titled MAPA is an Honorary Research Fellow at Alfred Health in Melbourne. For the past 10 years she has worked as senior clinician at Alfred Health, providing the out-patient physiotherapy service in the bronchiectasis clinic. Previously she developed the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Epworth Hospital. In 2014 she was awarded the Pat Cosh Trust Grant to develop and educational website for the management of bronchiectasis. With Dr Annemarie Lee she developed the Bronchiectasis Toolbox. Her previous and current research is in bronchiectasis and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Annemarie Lee

Dr Annemarie Lee
Dr Annemarie Lee (BPhysio(Hons), MPhysio(Cardio), PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Monash University and a research fellow at the Institute for Breathing and Sleep. She has previously worked as a senior clinician in pulmonary rehabilitation and airway clearance therapy at Alfred Health and completed her international postdoctoral training at West Park Healthcare Centre, Toronto, Canada in 2016. She is the co-developer of the Bronchiectasis Toolbox. Her current research areas are physiotherapy for bronchiectasis, examining the clinical impact of comorbidities, including pain and postural abnormalities in chronic respiratory conditions and the role of adjuncts to pulmonary rehabilitation to maximise outcomes.


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