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Running for game-changing research.

Less than two years after a breast cancer diagnosis, Professor Gemma Figtree has completed the prestigious Boston Marathon while raising significant funds for cancer research. Gemma crossed the finish line in a sub four hour time as part of the talented team running for the internationally renowned Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Gemma ran her first marathon just after completing six months of chemot.....
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Category: Cardiovascular and Renal Research, Funding support, Research Excellence

Researchers inform next-gen space suit design.

Leading researchers from the Kolling Institute have welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with Metakosmos as it pioneers the development of a next-generation space suit. Led by CEO Kiriti Rambhatla, Metakosmos is working to revolutionise human spaceflight technology. Their Kosmosuit architecture has garnered acclaim and the interest of the Kolling Institute’s Academic Director Professor James Ell.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Research Excellence, World-leading technology

Recognition for emerging research leader.

We would like to congratulate our early career researcher Dr Nashwa Masnoon from the Kolling’s Ageing and Pharmacology Lab who has taken out the ATA Scientific Young Scientist Encouragement Award. Nashwa, who is a postdoctoral research pharmacist, clinched the $1500 prize for her assessment of the risks and benefits of using artificial intelligence in research. The award will enable her to attend a.....
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Category: Awards, Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Kolling Institute researchers instrumental in Australian first guidelines .

It has taken three years and many hours of careful work, but two researchers from the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research have developed the first clinical practice guidelines for physiotherapists to inform the care of people with life-changing spinal cord injuries. Physiotherapy is a key part of rehabilitation for people with a spinal cord injury, but until now, there has been no nationa.....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence

Research to improve postmenopausal women’s bone and muscle health.

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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Neuroscience and Pain Research

Professor Michael Cousins leaves extraordinary legacy.

We would like to acknowledge the remarkable life of pain medicine pioneer and former Royal North Shore Hospital specialist Professor Michael Cousins AO who has sadly passed away. Michael was a trailblazer in anaesthesia and pain medicine, and a mentor to many at the Kolling Institute and on the Royal North Shore Hospital campus. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Michael dedicated his life .....
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Category: Research Excellence

Digital technology to support those with long-standing pain.

Researchers based at the Kolling Institute have launched a clinical trial using digital health technology to help those with chronic pain reduce their use of opioids. Chief investigator and leading pain specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital Professor Paul Glare said many people with chronic pain are using opioid medications long-term, but research shows that in many cases, these medications are .....
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Category: Neuroscience and Pain Research, New Treatment

Australian researchers help astronauts tackle the health challenges of spaceflight.

As the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) progresses its ambitious Artemis spaceflight program, Australian researchers including the Kolling Institute’s Academic Director Professor James Elliott will tap into their scientific expertise to offer support. Professor Elliott attended a recent event at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Texas, which brought together leading clinicians and .....
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Category: Research Excellence, World-leading technology

269 million people to experience neck pain by 2050.

New research led by investigators from the Kolling Institute has identified a concerning global trend which will see the burden of neck pain dramatically increase over the next 30 years. The research analysed data from more than 200 countries, measuring the prevalence of neck pain from 1990 to 2020. It found 203 million people now experience neck pain across the globe, a figure which has remained s.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Research helping the community tap into the best osteoarthritis care.

While a large share of the community experiences osteoarthritis, many people are not receiving the latest, evidenced-based care leaving them with poorer and more painful outcomes. Health and government bodies are working to address the shortfall, investing resources to increase awareness of high-value care. As part of this national approach, Kolling Institute researcher and physiotherapist Dr Jilli.....
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Category: Funding support, Musculoskeletal Research, Research Excellence