About Dr Joanna Diong

I examine the mechanisms of impaired human movement after stroke or other clinical conditions to improve our understanding of how muscles work and optimise rehabilitation.

More than half of people with stroke or spinal cord injury develop joint stiffness, but little is known of why this happens or how to treat it. Dr Joanna Diong is a physiotherapist with a keen interest in the mechanisms of impaired human movement in stroke and other clinical conditions. Her research investigates how mechanical properties of muscles change after stroke and identifies ways to encourage people to exercise.

Dr Diong studied physiotherapy at The University of Sydney. She completed a PhD in clinical biomechanics and clinical epidemiology. The clinical research in her PhD work identified that musculoskeletal complications are a significant problem in neurological conditions, and her laboratory studies on whole muscle in humans provided the first tension-referenced measures of muscle length in spinal cord injury. Dr Diong is Lecturer in musculoskeletal anatomy at Sydney Medical School, and Honorary Research Fellow at both Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and The George Institute for Global Health. Her research investigates mechanical properties of muscles after stroke, physical performance in cerebral palsy and evidence based practice. She has close cross-disciplinary collaborations with clinicians, biomedical engineers and human movement scientists at NeuRA, the Prince of Wales Hospital and Westmead Children's Hospital. Her work is supported by the National Stroke Foundation of Australia and The University of Sydney.

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Selected publications

For a full list of Dr Diong's publications please see her Sydney Medical School Academic Profile.