Dr Joanna Diong
Biomedical Sciences, Sydney Medical School
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Joanna Diong PhD BAppSc(Physio)(HonsI) is a physiotherapist by background and completed a PhD in clinical epidemiology and clinical biomechanics at The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Medical School in 2012. Her clinical 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. She also contributed to development of NHMRC clinical guidelines for the management of hip fracture in older adults, and supported the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro). She is Lecturer in musculoskeletal anatomy at Biomedical Sciences and is Honorary Research Fellow at both Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and The George Institute where she continues to extend her research on the mechanical properties of muscles after stroke and on the effects of physical interventions in rehabilitation. Jo is an Early Career Researcher with a strong research track record and 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 a NSW Health Human Ethics Scientific Committee, and promotes science through CSIRO’s Scientists in Schools.
Muscle adaptation in neurological conditions
Effects of physical interventions in rehabilitation
Clinical epidemiology and evidence based practice
Teaching and supervision
Functional musculoskeletal anatomy
Structure, function and disease
Muscle adaptation after stroke
Muscle stiffness in Parkinson's disease
Physical interventions after hip fracture
Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics
Australian Physiotherapy Association
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.