Dr Joanna Diong
Biomedical Sciences, Sydney Medical School
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Joanna Diong PhD BAppSc(Physio)(HonsI) is a physiotherapist with shared interests in mechanics of human movement and physical activity. She is Lecturer in musculoskeletal anatomy at Sydney Medical School, and Honorary Research Fellow at both Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and The George Institute for Global Health. Jo is an Early Career Researcher with a strong research track record in clinical biomechanics and clinical epidemiology. The clinical research in her PhD work research identified that musculoskeletal complications are a significant problem after spinal cord injury, and her laboratory studies on whole muscle in humans provided the first tension-referenced measures of muscle length in spinal cord injury. Her work is generating national and international interest, evidenced by scientific publications, invited-speaker presentations, grants and awards. She also peer-reviews for clinical and physiological journals, serves on the SESLHN Scientific Review Committee of the Human Ethics Scientific Committee, supported the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and promotes science through CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools program.
Muscle architecture and adaptation
Physical activity in stroke and clinical populations
Teaching and supervision
Functional musculoskeletal anatomy
Structure, function and disease
Mechanical interactions between muscles after stroke
Ankle muscle stiffness in Parkinson's disease
Physical interventions after hip fracture
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Australia and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics
Awards and honours
2008 Australian Postgraduate Award
2003 The University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences International Merit Scholarship
2002 The University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences International Merit Scholarship
Honours project opportunities
- Hand contractures after stroke: Changes in fascicle and tendon compliance of the forearm muscles; Diong J, Gandevia S, Herbert R; National Stroke Foundation Australia/Research Support.
- Does rigidity in Parkinson’s disease change the passive mechanical properties of muscle?; Diong J, Double K; University of Sydney/Internal Research Grant Allocations.
- Contracture after spinal cord injury - A prospective cohort study; Diong J, Herbert R, Harvey L, Ling M; Physiotherapy Research Foundation/Tagged Jill Nosworthy Research Grant.