Dr Joanna Diong

Lecturer
Biomedical Science, Sydney Medical School

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Biographical details

Joanna trained as a physiotherapist and seeks to understand what makes human movement normal and why it is impaired in clinical conditions. Her research focuses on mechanisms of impaired movement after stroke, motor control during daily activities, and is beginning to investigate human perception and muscle-nerve physiology. She has a research background in kinematics and kinetics, ultrasound imaging, and electromyography (EMG) and transducer signal analysis, and her research interests are extending into neuroscience and neurophysiology. Jo is passionate about good science and research reproducibility. She co-created and writes for the blog Scientifically Sound to provide a resource for people interested in good science. She is always keen to speak with potential collaborators and research students interested in these research areas and how to make science better.

Research interests

Mechanisms of normal and impaired human movement

Muscle activity and joint range of motion

Stroke and neurological rehabilitation

Motor control during functional tasks

Human perception and proprioception

Research reproducibility

What makes good science?

Teaching and supervision

Functional musculoskeletal anatomy

Research methods and data management

Current projects

  • Accurate measurement of joint range of motion
  • Muscle activity in pain
  • Perception of body weight

Associations

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Australasian Neuroscience Society

Awards and honours

2014 Sydney Medical School Early Career Researcher Travel Grant

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

In the media

Co-creator and co-writer of the blog Scientifically Sound as a resource for people interested in good science.

Selected grants

2017

  • The effect of muscle activity on nominally passive joint range of motion: a stimulation study; Diong J; University of Sydney/Kickstart Grants Program.

2014

  • 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.

2009

  • 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.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Gomes, A., Campos, T., Beckenkamp, P., Diong, J., Clarke, E., Clarke, J., Herbert, R. (2016). Effects of Isokinetic Eccentric Training on the Human Achilles Tendon. Journal of Exercise Physiology, 19(2), 46-54.
  • Diong, J., Allen, N., Sherrington, C. (2016). Structured exercise improves mobility after hip fracture: A meta-analysis with meta-regression. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(6), 346-355. [More Information]
  • Tan, B., Double, K., Burne, J., Diong, J. (2016). Tension-referenced measures of gastrocnemius slack length and stiffness in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 31(12), 1914-1918. [More Information]
  • Stubbs, P., Diong, J. (2016). The effect of strengthening interventions on strength and physical performance in people with cerebral palsy (PEDro synthesis). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(3), 189-190. [More Information]
  • Herbert, R., Heroux, M., Diong, J., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Lichtwark, G. (2015). Changes in the length and three-dimensional orientation of muscle fascicles and aponeuroses with passive length changes in human gastrocnemius muscles. The Journal of Physiology, 593(2), 441-455. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Boswell-Ruys, C. (2015). Exercise training programmes to improve hand-rim wheelchair propulsion capacity. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(19), 1284-1285. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2015). Is Ankle Contracture After Stroke Due to Abnormal Intermuscular Force Transmission? Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 31(1), 13-18. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Kamper, S. (2014). Cold water immersion (cryotherapy) for preventing muscle soreness after exercise. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(18), 1388-1389. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Diong, J. (2014). Exercise reduces pain and improves physical function for people awaiting hip replacement surgery. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(6), 477-478. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Diong, J. (2014). National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS). Journal of Physiotherapy, 60(1), 61-61. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Herbert, R. (2013). Gastrocnemius Muscle Contracture After Spinal Cord Injury: A Longitudinal Study. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 92(7), 565-574. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2013). Models containing age and NIHSS predict recovery of ambulation and upper limb function six months after stroke: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 59(3), 189-197. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Pinto, R., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2013). Reliability and validity of ultrasound measurements of muscle fascicle length and pennation in humans: a systematic review. Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(6), 761-769. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2012). Half of the adults who present to hospital with stroke develop at least one contracture within six months: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58(1), 41-47. [More Information]
  • Harvey, L., Chu, J., Bowden, J., Quirk, R., Diong, J., Batty, J., Thompson, A., Barratt, D. (2012). How much equipment is prescribed for people with spinal cord injury in Australia, do they use it and are they satisfied 1 year later? Spinal Cord, 50(9), 676-681. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2012). Incidence and predictors of contracture after spinal cord injury-a prospective cohort study. Spinal Cord, 50(8), 579-584. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Harvey, L. (2012). Mechanisms of increased passive compliance of hamstring muscle-tendon units after spinal cord injury. Clinical Biomechanics, 27(9), 893-898. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Herbert, R., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Clarke, J., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Hoang, P., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2012). Passive Mechanical Properties of Gastrocnemius Muscles of People With Ankle Contracture After Stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(7), 1185-1190. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Hoang, P., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2012). Passive mechanical properties of the gastrocnemius after spinal cord injury. Muscle and Nerve, 46(2), 237-245. [More Information]
  • Herbert, R., Clarke, J., Kwah, L., Diong, J., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2011). In vivo passive mechanical behaviour of muscle fascicles and tendons in human gastrocnemius muscle-tendon units. The Journal of Physiology, 589(21), 5257-5267. [More Information]
  • Waddington, G., Diong, J., Adams, R. (2006). Development of a Hand Dynamometer for the Control of Manually Applied Forces. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 29(4), 297-304. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2013). Incidence and predictors of contracture after spinal cord injury. 16th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2011). Incidence and prognosis of contracture after spinal cord injury. Australian Physiotherapy Association National Conference-APA 2011.
  • Diong, J., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Harvey, L., Hoang, P., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Herbert, R. (2011). Passive mechanical properties of gastrocnemius muscles in people with spinal cord injury and ankle contracture. 16th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2016

  • Gomes, A., Campos, T., Beckenkamp, P., Diong, J., Clarke, E., Clarke, J., Herbert, R. (2016). Effects of Isokinetic Eccentric Training on the Human Achilles Tendon. Journal of Exercise Physiology, 19(2), 46-54.
  • Diong, J., Allen, N., Sherrington, C. (2016). Structured exercise improves mobility after hip fracture: A meta-analysis with meta-regression. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(6), 346-355. [More Information]
  • Tan, B., Double, K., Burne, J., Diong, J. (2016). Tension-referenced measures of gastrocnemius slack length and stiffness in Parkinson's disease. Movement Disorders, 31(12), 1914-1918. [More Information]
  • Stubbs, P., Diong, J. (2016). The effect of strengthening interventions on strength and physical performance in people with cerebral palsy (PEDro synthesis). British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(3), 189-190. [More Information]

2015

  • Herbert, R., Heroux, M., Diong, J., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Lichtwark, G. (2015). Changes in the length and three-dimensional orientation of muscle fascicles and aponeuroses with passive length changes in human gastrocnemius muscles. The Journal of Physiology, 593(2), 441-455. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Boswell-Ruys, C. (2015). Exercise training programmes to improve hand-rim wheelchair propulsion capacity. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(19), 1284-1285. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2015). Is Ankle Contracture After Stroke Due to Abnormal Intermuscular Force Transmission? Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 31(1), 13-18. [More Information]

2014

  • Diong, J., Kamper, S. (2014). Cold water immersion (cryotherapy) for preventing muscle soreness after exercise. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(18), 1388-1389. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Diong, J. (2014). Exercise reduces pain and improves physical function for people awaiting hip replacement surgery. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(6), 477-478. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Diong, J. (2014). National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS). Journal of Physiotherapy, 60(1), 61-61. [More Information]

2013

  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Herbert, R. (2013). Gastrocnemius Muscle Contracture After Spinal Cord Injury: A Longitudinal Study. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 92(7), 565-574. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2013). Incidence and predictors of contracture after spinal cord injury. 16th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Kwah, L., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2013). Models containing age and NIHSS predict recovery of ambulation and upper limb function six months after stroke: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 59(3), 189-197. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Pinto, R., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2013). Reliability and validity of ultrasound measurements of muscle fascicle length and pennation in humans: a systematic review. Journal of Applied Physiology, 114(6), 761-769. [More Information]

2012

  • Kwah, L., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Herbert, R. (2012). Half of the adults who present to hospital with stroke develop at least one contracture within six months: an observational study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 58(1), 41-47. [More Information]
  • Harvey, L., Chu, J., Bowden, J., Quirk, R., Diong, J., Batty, J., Thompson, A., Barratt, D. (2012). How much equipment is prescribed for people with spinal cord injury in Australia, do they use it and are they satisfied 1 year later? Spinal Cord, 50(9), 676-681. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2012). Incidence and predictors of contracture after spinal cord injury-a prospective cohort study. Spinal Cord, 50(8), 579-584. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Harvey, L. (2012). Mechanisms of increased passive compliance of hamstring muscle-tendon units after spinal cord injury. Clinical Biomechanics, 27(9), 893-898. [More Information]
  • Kwah, L., Herbert, R., Harvey, L., Diong, J., Clarke, J., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Hoang, P., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2012). Passive Mechanical Properties of Gastrocnemius Muscles of People With Ankle Contracture After Stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(7), 1185-1190. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Herbert, R., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Hoang, P., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2012). Passive mechanical properties of the gastrocnemius after spinal cord injury. Muscle and Nerve, 46(2), 237-245. [More Information]

2011

  • Herbert, R., Clarke, J., Kwah, L., Diong, J., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S. (2011). In vivo passive mechanical behaviour of muscle fascicles and tendons in human gastrocnemius muscle-tendon units. The Journal of Physiology, 589(21), 5257-5267. [More Information]
  • Diong, J., Harvey, L., Kwah, L., Eyles, J., Ling, M., Ben, M., Herbert, R. (2011). Incidence and prognosis of contracture after spinal cord injury. Australian Physiotherapy Association National Conference-APA 2011.
  • Diong, J., Kwah, L., Clarke, J., Harvey, L., Hoang, P., Martin, J., Clarke, E., Bilston, L., Gandevia, S., Herbert, R. (2011). Passive mechanical properties of gastrocnemius muscles in people with spinal cord injury and ankle contracture. 16th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2006

  • Waddington, G., Diong, J., Adams, R. (2006). Development of a Hand Dynamometer for the Control of Manually Applied Forces. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 29(4), 297-304. [More Information]

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