Biomedical Science News
Congratulations to Dr Joanna Diong being awarded a 2014 NSF research grant
Dr Joanna Diong was awarded a 2014 National Stroke Foundation (NSF) Small Project Grant ($18,308). This project will investigate changes in mechanical properties of the forearm and hand muscles after stroke to determine the mechanisms of contracture (loss of joint range of motion), a common secondary musculoskeletal complication in stroke and other neurological conditions. This project will be conducted in collaboration with Prof Simon Gandevia and Prof Rob Herbert at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).
A/Prof. Kay Double - Telegraph article and radio interviews about link between PD and insecticide sprays
Associate Professor Kay Double was quoted in a Parkinson's story in the front page of the Daily Telegraph 9th Dec 2013 - "Landmark legal case will probe the link between Parkinson's disease and insecticide sprays used on long-haul flights". Kay Double also gave two radio interviews on this issue on the same day.
Associate Professor Kay Double's work on developing ultrasound as a diagnostic method for Parkinson's disease was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) website on Friday Nov 1st. Click link to video below.
Many Parkinson's disease patients have told Kay that knowing that research is happening and making progress gives them hope.
Associate Professor Karen Ginn gave the Keynote Address in the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy stream of the Physiotherapy UK Conference in Birmingham on October 12th 2013.
In her presentation entitled “Exercise strategies to improve shoulder function – how can we improve on current practice?” she addressed the issue of dynamic stability in the shoulder region. Using electromyographic data collected on normal subjects she argued that the stabilising function of shoulder muscles is to prevent other shoulder muscles from destabilising the shoulder region. Rotator cuff muscles must counterbalance translation forces at the shoulder joint created by muscles moving the humerus & scapulothoracic muscles must prevent muscles attaching from the scapula to the humerus from moving the scapula instead of the humerus. This model of shoulder stability implies that in order to rehabilitate the “stabiliser” function of rotator cuff & scapulothoracic muscles exercises must train them to “react” to destabilising muscle forces.
At the invitation of the Neurology Group Dr Joanna Diong presented at the Australian Physiotherapy Conference 2013 in Melbourne in October on the topic of “Contracture: Short of moving forward?”
Joanna is Lecturer in anatomy at The Discipline of Biomedical Science, The University of Sydney. She has interests in muscle adaptation and neurological conditions such as stroke and spinal cord injury. Joanna gave an invited presentation at the national Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference in Melbourne on the incidence and mechanisms of contracture (loss of joint range of motion) after spinal cord injury.
Associate Professor Karen Ginn gave invited addresses at the Australian Physiotherapy Association ACT Research Symposium in Canberra on September 7th 2013. The topic of her addresses were Rotator cuff function – is common current understanding accurate? & Recommended shoulder exercises – which muscle are we actually targeting?