Dr Joanna Diong

Lecturer
Biomedical Science, Sydney Medical School

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Biographical details

Joanna Diong PhD BAppSc(Physio)(HonsI) is a physiotherapist and lecturer in anatomy at Sydney Medical School. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of impaired human movement after stroke and other clinical conditions. Her laboratory studies on whole muscle in humans provided the first tension-referenced measures of muscle length in spinal cord injury, and her epidemiological studies identified that musculoskeletal complications are a significant problem after spinal cord injury.

Jo is passionate about scientific validity and transparency, and is a keen advocate for using computing tools to improve reproducibility in research.

Research interests

Mechanisms of impaired human movement in clinical conditions

Stroke rehabilitation

Data management

Research integrity

Teaching and supervision

Musculoskeletal anatomy

Body system structure, function and disease

Data management and integrity

Current projects

Impaired hand function after stroke

Associations

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

Selected grants

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

  • 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]
  • 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 and 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

  • 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]
  • 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 and 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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