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Championing precision medicine for children living with arthritis.

The largest study in Australia into the treatment of juvenile arthritis may pave the way for a unique approach to care for those with the disabling condition and dramatically improve outcomes. The Medical Research Future Fund will invest $2.5 million in the A3BC for Kids project which will involve researchers from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney in collaboration with t.....
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Category: Funding support, Musculoskeletal Research

Back pain treatments shouldn’t neglect the mind.

New research by a team from the Kolling Institute has found the best treatment for chronic low back pain doesn’t just focus on the physical, but combines physiotherapy treatments with those focusing on the mind. The study, involving Emma Ho, Professor Manuela Ferreira and Lingxiao Chen, analysed evidence from almost 100 trials worldwide involving over 13,000 patients. It found a combinat.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Neuroscience and Pain Research, Research Excellence

Kolling researcher to join prestigious Harvard Medical School program.

Congratulations to Kolling Institute researcher Dr Manasi Mittinty who has been selected for the Advanced Global Clinical Scholar Research training at Harvard Medical School. Dr Mittinty is a medical trained researcher with the Pain Management and Research Centre and a University of Sydney lecturer. She has a keen interest in translation research and the connections between musculoskelet.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Neuroscience and Pain Research

Research identifies swallowing problems following whiplash.

Research conducted by a team from Kolling Institute has found that swallowing difficulties after a whiplash injury appear to be an under-recognised consequence of the injury. The study investigated a group of 60 patients with low-grade whiplash, finding 50 per cent of patients reported swallowing problems within 12 months of their whiplash injury. In 31 of these patients, there was a sta.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Research Excellence

Researchers reject the use of plasma injections for knee joint osteoarthritis.

In what will be disappointing news for many, a large-scale clinical trial has found platelet-rich plasma injections for those with osteoarthritis knee pain are no better than a placebo. This type of injection has become an increasingly popular form of treatment for knee joint arthritis, despite its prohibitive cost at around $2,000 per injection. Plasma from a patient’s own blood is inje.....
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Category: Research Excellence

Kolling researcher takes out coveted award.

Congratulations to Kolling researcher Dr Jillian Eyles who’s been named one of the inaugural research translation fellows by Sydney Health Partners. Facing tremendous competition from a large group of outstanding researchers, Jillian is one of just five people to have been awarded a fellowship, which means they’ll be able to dedicate a greater amount of their time to research. Sydney Hea.....
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Category: Awards

Game-changing research partnership to ease musculoskeletal burden.

An important new partnership has been formed to dramatically improve care for musculoskeletal conditions by speeding up the translation of research to clinical practice. The Northern Sydney Local Health District has joined with the University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District to create Sydney Musculoskeletal Health which will link researchers from across the University with clin.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence

Talented, young Kolling researcher takes out prestigious national award.

Despite a tremendously competitive field, the Kolling Institute’s Dylan Ashton has won the 2021 Cooperative Research Australia Early Career Research competition. Dylan is part of the team investigating the effectiveness of kangaroo tendons to treat ACL injuries. He has worked on the project for several years and has welcomed the announcement. “I am extremely thankful for Cooperative Rese.....
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Category: Awards, Research Excellence

Living with Osteoarthritis.

At 16, Tom Buttel suffered a knee injury while playing rugby, and while that incident happened more than 40 years ago, it continues to impact his life today. At 60 Tom has advanced osteoarthritis in his right knee after the debilitating condition took hold in his mid-20s. Tom underwent several surgeries over a 15 year period and has now lived with osteoarthritis for many years. “It has a.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, Research Excellence

World Spine Day: Kolling researchers challenging old concepts to improve care.

To mark World Spine Day on October 16, the Back Pain Research team at the Kolling Institute is urging those who experience the condition to adopt the latest advice and keep moving. Spinal pain is extremely common, affecting around 800 million people globally. The condition compromises social, family and work activities, and is the main reason Australians retire involuntarily. The lower b.....
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Category: Musculoskeletal Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence