Dr Katie De Luca

Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Public Health


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Biographical details

Katie de Luca is an honorary postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School. Katie is a practicing, registered chiropractor, graduating from Macquarie University in 2008. In March 2016 she was awarded her PhD in Medicine/Public Health from the University of Newcastle. Her thesis explored the profile of pain in women with arthritis, making substantial contributions to fields of rheumatology, pain and ageing research. Her research interest is in the epidemiology and management of musculoskeletal conditions in older people, with expertise in osteoarthritis and low back pain.

Research interests

Dr. de Luca is currently involved in research projects that willreport the social impact and economic cost of low back pain in older Australians, as well as projects that investiagte the risk factors and determinants of multi-site joint pain in adults. She has additional research interests in osteoarthritis, injury management and surveillance and spinal pain and comorbidity.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MANUELA FERREIRA

Associate Professor
Medicine, The George Institute for Global Health

Telephone 9657 0343
Fax 96570301
Email manuela.ferreira@sydney.edu.au

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Associate Professor Ferreira completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2005 and is Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health and the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, the University of Sydney. She holds a Sydney Medical Foundation Fellowship and currently leads a program of research on theburden, mechanisms and management ofspinal pain in older people. Her work includes establishing the causes and prognosis of back pain in the older person, as well as identifying the effectiveness of surgical and conservative care for back pain - she is lead investigator in the first placebo-controlled randomised trial of surgery of back pain – SucceSS. A/Prof Ferreira leads extensive research collaborations in this field with the UK, USA, Brazil, the Netherlands and Denmark. She has published over 130 papers and secured more than $6 million in both competitive and non-competitive research grants. She currently supervises 7 PhD students, and has supervised other 10 post-graduate students to completion.

Research interests

A/Prof Ferreira currently leads a research team investigating the mechanisms and management of low back pain in older people. She also has a parallel research interest in the design and interpretation of clinical trials in low back pain.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MANUELA FERREIRA

Associate Professor
Medicine, The George Institute for Global Health

Telephone 9657 0343
Fax 96570301
Email manuela.ferreira@sydney.edu.au

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Biographical details

Associate Professor Ferreira completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2005 and is Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health and the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, the University of Sydney. She holds a Sydney Medical Foundation Fellowship and currently leads a program of research on theburden, mechanisms and management ofspinal pain in older people. Her work includes establishing the causes and prognosis of back pain in the older person, as well as identifying the effectiveness of surgical and conservative care for back pain - she is lead investigator in the first placebo-controlled randomised trial of surgery of back pain – SucceSS. A/Prof Ferreira leads extensive research collaborations in this field with the UK, USA, Brazil, the Netherlands and Denmark. She has published over 130 papers and secured more than $6 million in both competitive and non-competitive research grants. She currently supervises 7 PhD students, and has supervised other 10 post-graduate students to completion.

Research interests

A/Prof Ferreira currently leads a research team investigating the mechanisms and management of low back pain in older people. She also has a parallel research interest in the design and interpretation of clinical trials in low back pain.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MANUELA FERREIRA

Associate Professor
Medicine, The George Institute for Global Health

Telephone 9657 0343
Fax 96570301
Email manuela.ferreira@sydney.edu.au

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Biographical details

Associate Professor Ferreira completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2005 and is Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health and the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, the University of Sydney. She holds a Sydney Medical Foundation Fellowship and currently leads a program of research on theburden, mechanisms and management ofspinal pain in older people. Her work includes establishing the causes and prognosis of back pain in the older person, as well as identifying the effectiveness of surgical and conservative care for back pain - she is lead investigator in the first placebo-controlled randomised trial of surgery of back pain – SucceSS. A/Prof Ferreira leads extensive research collaborations in this field with the UK, USA, Brazil, the Netherlands and Denmark. She has published over 130 papers and secured more than $6 million in both competitive and non-competitive research grants. She currently supervises 7 PhD students, and has supervised other 10 post-graduate students to completion.

Research interests

A/Prof Ferreira currently leads a research team investigating the mechanisms and management of low back pain in older people. She also has a parallel research interest in the design and interpretation of clinical trials in low back pain.

Current projects

Older women's perceptions of pain in arthritis

Awards and honours

  1. Louis Sportelli 1st Prize for Research Excellence : $7,500 USD - de Luca K, et al. Is spinal pain associated with comorbidity? A cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between spinal pain and lifestyle diseases. World Federation on Chiropractic Biennial Conference, Washington US, March 2017.
  2. ACC Prize for Research Excellence: $1,00 USD - de Luca K, et al. The efficacy of manual therapy on pain and quality of life in older persons with chronic low back pain: A systematic review. World Federation on Chiropractic Biennial Conference, Washington US, March 2017.
  3. FICS First prize for International Research Excellence - Adams J, Lauche R, de Luca K, Swain M, Peng W, Sibbritt D. Characteristics of Australian chiropractors treating athletes: Results from a practice based research network. FICS Research Symposium. Washington DC, USA. March 12, 2017
  4. Best regional poster : $500 USD - de Luca K, et al. Is spinal pain associated with comorbidity? A cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between spinal pain and lifestyle diseases. World Federation on Chiropractic Biennial Conference, Washington US, March 2017.
  5. Prize for Research Excellence : $2000 AUD - de Luca K, et al. Is spinal pain associated with comorbidity? A cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between spinal pain and lifestyle diseases. Chiropractic Australia National Conference, Sydney, Australia, October 2016.
  6. CAA National Grand Prize for Research Excellence : $7,000 AUD - de Luca K, et al. Three subgroups of pain phenotypes in 227 older, community-dwelling women with arthritis: a cross-sectional study. CAA National Conference. Melbourne, Australia 13-15 October 2015.
  7. Best Poster Asia Pacific Region : $500 USD - de Luca K, et al. The prevalence and impact of neuropathic pain in older women with arthritis. WFC 12th Biennial Conference. Greece, May 2015.
  8. Best postgraduate student poster : $500 AUD - de Luca K, et al. A cross sectional survey of pain in older women with arthritis: A study protocol. COCA National Conference, Sydney, October 2012
  9. Best overall poster & Best undergraduate student poster : $1,000 AUD - Hardy K, et al. Chiropractic management of the lower limb kinetic chain in the treatment of hip osteoarthritis: an Australian case series. COCA 8th Biennial Conference, Sydney, Australia 2009.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • De Luca, K., Parkinson, L., Hunter, S., Byles, J. (2018). Qualitative insights into the experience of pain in older Australian women with arthritis. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37(3), 210-216. [More Information]
  • Minkalis, A., Vining, R., Long, C., Hawk, C., De Luca, K. (2017). A systematic review of thrust manipulation for non-surgical shoulder conditions. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, 25(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Ferreira, M., De Luca, K. (2017). Spinal pain and its impact on older people. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology, 31(2), 192-202. [More Information]
  • De Luca, K., Parkinson, L., Haldeman, S., Byles, J., Blyth, F. (2017). The Relationship Between Spinal Pain and Comorbidity: A Cross-sectional Analysis of 579 Community-Dwelling, Older Australian Women. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 40(7), 459-466. [More Information]
  • De Luca, K., Parkinson, L., Byles, J., Lo, T., Pollard, H., Blyth, F. (2016). The Prevalence and Cross-Sectional Associations of Neuropathic-like Pain Among Older, Community-Dwelling Women with Arthritis. Pain Medicine, 17(7), 1308-1316. [More Information]
  • De Luca, K., Tuchin, P., Bonello, R. (2015). A web-based survey of the motivations and challenges faced by emerging researchers in the chiropractic profession. The Journal of Chiropractic Education, 29(2), 151-158. [More Information]
  • De Luca, K., Parkinson, L., Pollard, H., Byles, J., Blyth, F. (2015). How is the experience of pain measured in older, community-dwelling people with osteoarthritis? A systematic review of the literature. Rheumatology International, 35(9), 1461-1472. [More Information]

2018

  • De Luca, K., Parkinson, L., Hunter, S., Byles, J. (2018). Qualitative insights into the experience of pain in older Australian women with arthritis. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37(3), 210-216. [More Information]

2017

  • Minkalis, A., Vining, R., Long, C., Hawk, C., De Luca, K. (2017). A systematic review of thrust manipulation for non-surgical shoulder conditions. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, 25(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Ferreira, M., De Luca, K. (2017). Spinal pain and its impact on older people. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology, 31(2), 192-202. [More Information]
  • De Luca, K., Parkinson, L., Haldeman, S., Byles, J., Blyth, F. (2017). The Relationship Between Spinal Pain and Comorbidity: A Cross-sectional Analysis of 579 Community-Dwelling, Older Australian Women. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 40(7), 459-466. [More Information]

2016

  • De Luca, K., Parkinson, L., Byles, J., Lo, T., Pollard, H., Blyth, F. (2016). The Prevalence and Cross-Sectional Associations of Neuropathic-like Pain Among Older, Community-Dwelling Women with Arthritis. Pain Medicine, 17(7), 1308-1316. [More Information]

2015

  • De Luca, K., Tuchin, P., Bonello, R. (2015). A web-based survey of the motivations and challenges faced by emerging researchers in the chiropractic profession. The Journal of Chiropractic Education, 29(2), 151-158. [More Information]
  • De Luca, K., Parkinson, L., Pollard, H., Byles, J., Blyth, F. (2015). How is the experience of pain measured in older, community-dwelling people with osteoarthritis? A systematic review of the literature. Rheumatology International, 35(9), 1461-1472. [More Information]

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