Tania Pizzari

Tania Pizzari graduated from La Trobe University with honours in 1997 and with a PhD in 2002. Tania lectures and conducts research part-time in the La Trobe University Department of Physiotherapy. She regularly conducts lectures and practical sessions for the Australian Physiotherapy Association on shoulder, knee and hamstring injuries and is a member of the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia. She is a regular speaker at National and international Sports Medicine conferences. Tania is able to provide particular expertise in the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of shoulder conditions as well as the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in children.

Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges PhD MedDr DSc BPhty(Hons) FACP is an NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) Senior Principal Research Fellow and the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. Paul has three doctorates; one in Physiotherapy and two in Neuroscience. His research blends these skills to understand pain, control of movement, and the interaction between multiple functions of the trunk muscles including spine control, continence, respiration and balance. The large multidisciplinary Research Centre that Paul leads aims to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical practice. He has received numerous international research awards (2006 and 2011 ISSLS Prize [premier international prize for spine research from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine]; Suzanne Klein-Vogelbach Prize), leadership awards (Emerging leader in Health [Next 100 Awards], Future Summit Australian Leadership Award). Paul has published >280 scientific papers and book chapters, presented >120 invited lectures at major conferences in 30 countries, and received >$AU23 million in research grants. He is the author of 3 clinical texts that have sold over 30,000 copies internationally. He has presented workshops for more than 5000 physiotherapists and medical practitioners in more than 40 countries. He is the lead chief investigator on the first physiotherapy based NHMRC Program Grant (~$AU8 million) and received the 2011 NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked NHMRC Research Fellow across disciplines in Australia.

Igor Tak

My current PhD is on hip and groin pain in athletes, especially football. Just submitted a review on hip rom (all available evidence) and groin pain, a case control series on sport specific hip rom (new developed test, practical physio stuff), some work on groin pain and cam deformity (Am J Sports Med) and cam deformity and loading in youth (Br J Sports Med) and two papers on kicking biomechanics (J Phys Fitness Sports Med), all 2015-2016. 

Another ongoing project is on sports biomechanics, explaining athletic performance and injury. We work on understanding physical movement in high speed actions, trying to further answer on how the body works and explain ongoing impairment in performance. The emphasis here is on soccer but can be extrapolated towards other sports. One of the very new things we have is the development of an "on site" motion capture system based on integrated video and wireless (active 9 axis) sensors. This all functions on an iOS platform (kind of "on site movement laboratory"). We have been developing this over the last three years and Q2 2016 we will get the first version working probably. It can be used for (tele) tracking of movement of our patient in as well as outside the clinic and will (we assume) strengthen the relation between therapists, clientele and referring doctors. We think that further specialization of PT, integrating knowledge and skills from adjacent domains (like biomechanics and technology) will give PT a unique proposition. This is were our project may suit your theme.

Dylan Morrissey

Dr Dylan Morrissey completed an MSc at University College London in 1998 and a PhD in 2005 at King's College London. He is now a consultant physiotherapist at Bart's Health NHS trust, London and senior clinical lecturer in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL. QMUL is a Russell group university ranked in the top ten in the UK, and top 120 in the world. He leads a unique intercalated BSc in sports and exercise medicine, MSc modules relating to sports injury assessment and physiotherapy, and is academic lead for the Human Performance Laboratory. He has gained £2.5m in research funding, with the majority as first applicant, and has authored 50 peer reviewed full papers. His main research interests are tendinopathy, evidence translation and the link between movement and pathology. His overarching career objective as a clinical academic is to combine the best of educational, clinical and research practice in order to develop and deliver high quality evidence based physiotherapy for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.