Hopin is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit and Centre for Statistics in Medicine – University of Oxford. Hopin’s research is focused in understanding the mechanisms of complex interventions (mostly in rehabilitation). That is, understanding how treatments work, or why they fail. He is also applying this work to find efficient ways of implementing research findings in the prevention and management of chronic pain conditions.
Hopin has published more than 30 papers in general medical and discipline specific journals. He has presented on more than 30 occasions at local and international conferences. He has secured national-level fellowships throughout all his postgraduate and post-doctoral training to support his research. Hopin has also received funding from the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Science to conduct methodological research that aims to improve the transparency and accuracy of reporting mechanism studies in healthcare.
Dr. Noel is passionate about partnering with people with lived experience to transform how we understand and treat people with pain. She is an advocate for the use of developmentally tailored interventions for pediatric pain management and serves on committees to promote and implement evidence-based interventions within her children’s hospital and beyond. As an evidence lead on the Help Eliminate Pain in Kids and Adults team, Dr. Noel co-authored clinical practice guidelines for pain and fear management for vaccine injections. Many of these recommendations were adopted by the World Health Organization.
Theodore (Ted) Price PhD is the Ashbel Smith Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at University of Texas (UT) at Dallas. He is the Director of the Center for Advanced Pain Studies. His lab is interested in molecular mechanisms driving the transition to chronic pain with a focus on drug development for chronic pain. He has won numerous awards including the Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Award from IASP. Ted has published more than 160 peer reviewed studies, and has been continuously funded by NIH for more than 10 years. He is co-founder of many companies, including 4E Therapeutics and Doloromics.
Professor JP Caneiro is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2013) and a PhD in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. JP is a researcher at Curtin University, where he also lectures in the Clinical Masters in Physiotherapy. He has published several research papers and presented his work internationally.
Ian Harris is a clinician and researcher based in Sydney. His is an orthopaedic surgeon with a clinical interest in trauma care where his practice is based at Liverpool Hospital in southwest Sydney. He is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the South Western Sydney Clinical School of UNSW Sydney and Honorary Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. His research activities are based at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research in Liverpool and the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown. His research training includes a Master of Clinical Epidemiology, a PhD in surgical outcomes and a Master of Health Data Science.
Professor Harris’s research interests are in surgical outcomes and the appropriateness of medical care. He conducts randomised trials, systematic reviews, cohort studies and methods studies. He is involved in several clinical registries, including co-chair of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry and Deputy Director of the AOA National Joint Replacement Registry.
Professor Harris has approximately 300 publications and has received over $32 million in grant funding since 2012. He is a critic of many aspects of modern medical practice and is a campaigner for more science in medicine and in society. He published the book Surgery, the Ultimate Placebo in 2016 and a second book, Hippocrasy: How Doctors Are Betraying Their Oath, in 2021.
Professor Denise Harrison is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and a Professor at the Department of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Australia. She leads the Be Sweet to Babies program of research which focuses on improving pain management for neonates, infants and young children in partnership with parents, clinicians, interdisciplinary researchers and students.
From 2008 to 2019 this work was conducted in Canada, firstly, during a postdoctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, then while holding the Nursing Research Chair at the University of Ottawa and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). During this time her team co-produced a series of publicly accessible knowledge translation videos in multiple languages. These include: i) a parent-targeted newborn pain video, showing ease and effectiveness of performing heel lancing or venipuncture while babies are being breastfed, held skin-skin and given sucrose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L43y0H6XEH4&feature=youtu.be); ii) a series of vaccination videos showing breastfeeding and sucrose during vaccination, and iii), a clinician-targeted video demonstrating best ergonomics for performing heel lancing while babies are being breastfed or held skin-skin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpZNwP7bnkg&feature=youtu.be). Denise continues her work in Australia, in partnership with parent groups, including the Miracle Babies Foundation (https://www.miraclebabies.org.au/), professional organizations and healthcare organizations. She is a Faculty member of Pain in Child Health (PICH) and supports graduate students’ participation in this international research training consortium.
Richelle Mychasiuk is a Professor within the Department of Neuroscience at the Central Clinical School, Monash University. She oversees an internationally recognized laboratory for the study of neurodevelopmental plasticity. Her laboratory uses extensive behavioural, epigenetic, imaging, and neuropathological techniques to examine the influences of early experiences on long-term outcomes. We are particularly interested in understanding how early environmental manipulations (i.e. stress, drug exposure, diet) modify brain development and recovery from brain injury, as well as the risk for chronic pain and mental health disorders. In addition, she is the lead Neuroscientist in an extensive collaboration with the departments of Gastroenterology and Immunology which forms the exciting GIN Hub initiative. The GIN Hub is designed to further understanding of the brain-gut-immune axis and rapidly translate research from the bench to the bedside.
Joshua W. Pate, PhD, is a physiotherapy lecturer, a senior physiotherapist, and soon-to-be pain science children’s book author. His research focus is on a child’s concept of pain; the way that pain’s definition/purposes/mechanisms are understood. Josh is fascinated by how re-conceptualizing pain according to contemporary science may change the way pain is treated. As part of his PhD he developed the Concept of Pain Inventory (COPI) and he is now working on developing and testing educational resources, particularly in schools. Josh worked with TED-Ed to make two online animations with millions of views, he co-founded a pain science interview platform (‘One Thing’), and he is now working with a publisher and illustrator on a series of children’s books each targeting a particular learning outcome for pain science education. Josh dreams of generational conceptual and behaviour change regarding the complexity of pain.
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