About Professor Joshua Burns

Professor Burns focuses on the musculoskeletal consequences of nerve, muscle and brain disorders. He leads therapeutic research into the care of children and adults with neuromuscular disorders (e.g. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy), congenital deformities (e.g. clubfoot, pes cavus), brain injury (e.g. Cerebral Palsy), diabetes (e.g. lower limb amputation prevention), joint disease (e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis) and pain (e.g. heel pain, muscle cramp, ankle sprains), as well as understanding normal human variation (e.g. 1000 Norms Project).

Selected publications

  1. Cornett KMD, Menezes MP, Bray P, Halaki M, Shy R, Yum SW, Estilow T, Moroni I, Foscan M, Pagliano E, Pareyson D, Laura M, Bhandari T, Muntoni F, Reilly MM, Finkel RS, Sowden J, Eichinger K, Herrmann DN, Shy ME and Burns J for the Inherited Neuropathies Consortium. Phenotypic variability of childhood Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. JAMA Neurology 1;73(6):645-51, 2016.
  2. McKay MJ. Baldwin JN. Ferreira P. Simic M. Vanicek N. Hiller CE. Nightingale JE. Moloney N. Quinlan K. Pourkazemi F. Sman AD. Nicholson LL. Mousavi SJ. Rose K. Raymond J. Mackey M. Chard A. Hübscher M. Wegener C. Fong Yan A. Refshauge K. Burns J. 1000 Norms Project: protocol of a cross-sectional study cataloging human variation. Physiotherapy 102(1):50-6, 2016.
  3. Sanmaneechai O. Feely S. Scherer SS. Herrmann DN. Burns J. Muntoni F. Li J. Siskind CE. Day JW. Laura M. Sumner CL. Lloyd TE. Ramchandren S. Shy R. Grider T. Bacon C. Finkel RS. Yum SW. Moroni I. Piscosquito G. Pareyson D. Reilly M. Shy ME. Genotype-phenotype characteristics and baseline natural history of heritable neuropathies caused by mutations in the MPZ gene. Brain 138(Pt 11):3180-92, 2015.
  4. Sman AD, Hiller CE, Rae K, Linklater J, Black DA, Nicholson LL, Burns J, Refshauge KM. Diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests for ankle syndesmosis injury. British Journal of Sports Medicine 49:323-329, 2015.
  5. Gray K, Pacey V, Gibbons P, Little D, Burns J. Interventions for congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD008602. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008602.pub3.
  6. Foley AR. Menezes MP. Pandraud A. Gonzalez MA. Al-Odaib A. Abrams AJ. Sugano K. Yonezawa A. Manzur AY. Burns J. Hughes I. McCullagh BG. Jungbluth H. Lim MJ. Lin JP. Megarbane A. Urtizberea JA. Shah AH. Antony J. Webster R. Broomfield A. Ng J. Mathew AA. O'Byrne JJ. Forman E. Scoto M. Prasad M. O'Brien K. Olpin S. Oppenheim M. Hargreaves I. Land JM. Wang MX. Carpenter K. Horvath R. Straub V. Lek M. Gold W. Farrell MO. Brandner S. Phadke R. Matsubara K. McGarvey ML. Scherer SS. Baxter PS. King MD. Clayton P. Rahman S. Reilly MM. Ouvrier RA. Christodoulou J. Züchner S. Muntoni F. Houlden H. Treatable childhood neuronopathy caused by mutations in riboflavin transporter RFVT2. Brain 137(Pt 1):44-56, 2014.
  7. Burns J. Ouvrier R. Estilow T. Shy R. Laurá M. Pallant J. Lek M. Muntoni F. Reilly M. Pareyson D. Acsadi G. Shy M. Finkel R. Validation of the CMT Pediatric Scale as an outcome measure of disability. Annals of Neurology 71(5), 642-652, 2012. 
  8. Najafi B. Barnica E. Wrobel JS. Burns J. Dynamic Plantar Loading Index: Understanding the benefit of Custom Foot Orthoses for Painful Pes Cavus. Journal of Biomechanics 45(9), 1705-1711, 2012.
  9. Blyton F. Ryan MM, Ouvrier RA. Burns J. Muscle cramp in paediatric Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A: prevalence and predictors. Neurology 77:2115-2118, 2011. 
  10. Burns J. Begg L. Optimizing the offloading properties of the total contact cast for plantar foot ulceration. Diabetic Medicine 28 (2), 179-185, 2011.
  11. Burns J, Ramchandren S, Ryan MM, Shy M, Ouvrier RA. Determinants of reduced health-related quality of life in pediatric inherited neuropathies. Neurology 75(8):726-31, 2010.
  12. Burns J. Ouvrier RA. Yiu EM. Joseph PD. Kornberg AJ. Fahey MC. Ryan MM. Ascorbic acid for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A in children: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, safety and efficacy trial. Lancet Neurology. 8 (6) 537-544, 2009.
  13. Burns J. Ryan MM. Ouvrier RA. Evolution of foot and ankle manifestations in children with CMT1A. Muscle & Nerve 39(2) 158-66, 2009.
  14. Wegener C. Burns J. Penkala S. Effect of neutral-cushioned running shoes on plantar pressure loading and comfort in athletes with cavus feet: A crossover randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 36(11):2139-2146, 2008. 
  15. Burns J. Crosbie J. Hunt A. Ouvrier R. Novel Award: The effect of pes cavus on foot pain and plantar pressure. Clinical Biomechanics 20(9):877-82, 2005.