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Professor Lorimer Moseley 

Position: Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy Professor Lorimer Moseley
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Health Sciences
Campus: City East Campus
Office: C7-35
Telephone: +61 8 830 21416
Fax: +61 8 830 22853
Email: Lorimer_dot_Moseley_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Lorimer.Moseley

Other Contacts

Administrative Officer (Research): Tracy Jones +61 8 8302 2454

Works - Monday, Thursday & Friday

I am a clinical and research physiotherapist. After working clinically for six years, I undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney Pain Management Research Institute. I completed my PhD in 2002 and had research posts at the University of Queensland, University of Sydney and Oxford University, UK. I was appointed University of South Australia's Inaugural Chair in Physiotherapy, and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences, in 2011. I am supported by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship. I am the Chair of PainAdelaide Stakeholders' Consortium and I lead the Body in Mind Research Group, based here at the University of South Australia and at Neuroscience Research Australia, in Sydney.

The Body in Mind research group investigates the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain. Pain is a huge problem - it affects 20% of the population and costs western societies about as much as diabetes and cancer combined. His research group does experiments in humans - both healthy volunteers and people in pain, and clinical intervention studies and clinical trials of treatments for defined chronic pain conditions. Our research is supported by four NHMRC Project Grants and many of the group have scholarship or fellowship support. We have eight nationalities and several disciplines represented.

For those of you keen on 'metrics', my main metrics are: Total number of papers - about 150; H-index - about 42; competitive grant funding - about $11.5 million. I have given over 50 keynote talks at big international meetings, and I have spoken at the national meetings of relevant organisations (e.g. Pain Society, Physiotherapy, Medical or Psychological Association) in 27 countries. David Butler and I wrote Explain Pain, which is now in five languages, and with others we wrote The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook. I also wrote a small book called Painful Yarns - Metaphors and stories to help understand the biology of pain. I have won a few prizes, most recently the 2012 NHMRC Marshall & Warren Award for Innovation and Potential Transformation.

Like all researchers, I do my fair share of manuscript and grant reviewing. I am an Associate Editor for PAIN, the Journal of Pain, the European Journal of Pain & the British Journal of Sports Medicine. I am Chief Editor of BodyinMind.org, which pushes cutting clinical pain science research to over 6000 Facebook followers twice a week, and receives over 20,000 unique visitors from over 100 countries every month. According to the KLOUT score, BodyinMind.org is the most influential blog/social media presence in the clinical pain sciences.

At any one point in time, I am primary supervisor for about 10 PhD students and Associate or Co-supervisor for another 5 or 6. We regularly host post-doctoral fellows for between 1 - 3 years. Expressions of interest in joining our group should be directed in the first instance to tracy.jones@unisa.edu.au. We have many such expressions of interest each year so it is best to make contact at least 12 months in advance.

Links to other sites

Body In Mind

Teaching interests

  • Pain Sciences
    Lorimer gives lectures on pain sciences to undergraduate and post-graduate courses

Professional associations

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Association for Psychological Science

American College of Rheumatology

International Association for the Study of Pain

Australian Pain Society


B.App.Sc (Phty) (Hons), The University of Sydney, 1991

Ph.D. (Medicine), The University of Sydney, 2002

Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, 2011

Research publications

Recent Publications (last 5 years)

Parkitny, L., McAuley, JH., Kelly, PJ., Di Pietro, F., Cameron, B., Moseley, GL. (2013) Multiplex cytokine concentration measurement: How much do the medium and handling matter. Mediators of Inflammation, 2013: Article 890706.

Berryman, C., Stanton, TR., Bowering, KJ., Tabor, A., McFarlane, A., Moseley, GL. (2013) Evidence for working memnory deficits in chronic pain: A systematic review and meta analysis. Pain, 154(8): 1181-1196.

Di Pietro, F., McAuley, JH., Parkitny, L., Lotze, M., Wand, BM., Moseley, GL., Stanton, TR. (2013) Primary motor cortex function in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Pain, 14(11): 1270-88.

Wand, BM., Keeves, J., Bourgoin, C., George, PJ., Smith, AJ., Occonnell, NE., Moseley, GL. (2013) Mislocalization of sensory information in people with chronic low back pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(8): 737-743.

Wand, BM., Abbaszadeh, S., Smith, AJ., Catley, MJ., Moseley, GL. (2013) Acupuncture applied as a sensory discrimination training tool decreases movement-related pain in patients with chronic low back pain more than acupuncture alone: a randomised cross-over experiment. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(17): 1085-1089.

Moseley, GL., Gallace, A., di Pietro, F., Spence, C., Iannetti, GD. (2013) Limb-specific autonomic dysfunction in complex regional pain syndrome modulated by wearing prism glasses. Pain, (accepted for publication).

Catley, MJ., O'Connell, NE., Moseley, GL (2013) How good is the neurophysiology of pain questionnaire? A rasch analysis of psychometric properties. Journal of Pain, 14(8): 818-27.

Moseley, GL., Herbert, RD., Parsons, T., Lucas, S., Van Hilter, JJ., Marinus, J. (2013) Intense pain soon after wrist fracture strongly predicts who will develop complkex regional pain syndrome: Prospective cohort study. Journal of Pain. In press (published online 19th November 2013)

Allen, HG., Stanton, TR., Di Pietro, F., Moseley, GL. (2013) Social media release increases dissemination of original articles in the clinical pain sciences. PLOS One, 8(7): e68914.

Rio, E., Moseley, GL., Purdam, C., Samiric, T., Kidgell, D., Pearce, AJ., Jaberzadeh, S., Cook, J. (2013) The pain of tendinopathy; physiological or pathophysiological? Sports Medicine, In press (published online 12 September 2013)

Tabor, A., Catley, MJ., Gandevia, S., Thacker, MA., Moseley, GL. (2013) Perceptual bias in pain: A wtch looks closer when it will relieve pain than when it won't. Pain, 154(10): 1961-5.

Catley, MJ., Tabor, A., Wand, BM., Moseley, GL. (2013) Assessing tactile acuity in rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine - how reliable are two-point discrimination tests at the neck, hand, back and foot? Rheumatology, 52(8): 1454-61.

Wallwork, SB., Butler, DS., Moseley, GL. (2013) Dizzy people perform no worse at a motor imagery task requiring whole body mental rotation;a case-control comparison. Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, 7 article 258: 1-6.

Walz, AD., Usichenko, T., Moseley, GL., Lotze, M. (2013) Graded Motor Imagery and the Impact on Pain Processing in a Casd of CRPS. The Clinical Journal of Pain: 29(3): 276-279.

Stanton, RT., Lin, CWC., Bray, H., Smeets, R JEM., Taylor, D., Law, RYW., Moseley, GL. (2013) Tactile acuity is disrupted in osteoarthritis but is unrelated to disruptions in motor imagery performance. Rheumatology, 52(8): 1509-19

Bowering, KJ, O'Connell, NE, Tabor, A, Catley, MJ, Leake, HB, Moseley, GL, Stanton, TR. (2013) The effects of graded motor imagery and its components on chronic pain: a systematic review and meta analysis. The Journal of Pain, 14(1): 3-13.

Wallwork, SB., Butler, DS., Fulton, I., Stewart, H., Darmawan, I., Moseley, GL. (2013) Left/right neck rotation judgments are affected by age, gender, handedness and image rotation. Manual Therapy, 18: 225-230.

Gallagher, L., McAuley, J., Moseley, GL. (2013) A randomised controlled trial of using a book of metaphors to reconceptualise pain and decrease catastrophising in people with chronic pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(1): 20-25.

O’Connell, N., Wand, B., Bunce, D., Maskill, D., Marston, L., Cossar, J., DeSouza, L., Moseley, GL. (2013) Transcranial direct current stimulation of the motor cortex in the treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain. A randomised, double-blind exploratory study. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(1): 26-34.

Sambo, CF, Torta, DM, Gallace, A, Liang, M, Moseley, GL, Iannetti, GD. (2013) The temporal order judgement of tactile and nociceptive stimuli is impaired by crossing the hands over the body midline. Pain, 154(2): 242-7.

Parkitny, L., McCauley, JH., Di Pietro, F., Stanton, TR., O'Connell, NE., Marinus, J., Van Hilten, JJ., Moseley, GL. (2013) Inflammation i complex regional pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology, (80):106-117.

Mohan, R., Jensen, KB., Petkova, VI., Dey, A., Barnsley, N., Ingvar, M., McAuley, J., Moseley, GL., & Ehrsson, HH. (2012) No pain relief with the rubber hand illusion. PLOS One, 7(12): e52400.

Moseley, GL., Gallace, A., Iannetti, GD. (2012) Spatially-defined modulation of skin temperature and hand ownership of both hands, in people with unilateral complex regional pain syndrome. Brain, 135: 3676-3686.

O'Connell, NE., Cossar, J., Marston, L., Wand, BM., Bunce, D., Moseley, GL., De Souza, LH. (2012) Rethinking Cinical Trials of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation: Participant and Assessor Blinding Is Inadequate at Intensities of 2mA. PLOS One, 7(10): e47514.

Stanton, TR., Lin, C-W C., Smeets, RJEM., Taylor, D., Law, R., Moseley, GL. (2012) Spatially defined distruption of motor imagery performance in people with osteoarthritis. Rheumatology, 51: 1455-1464.

Auld, ML, Boyd, RN, Moseley, GL, Ware, RS, Johnston, LM. (2012) Impact of tactile dysfunction on upper-limb motor performance in children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93: 696-702.

Johnson, S., Hall, J., Barnett, S., Draper, M., Derbyshire, G., Haynes, L., Rooney, C., Cameron, H., Moseley, GL., de C williams, AC., McCabe, C., Goebel, A. (2012) Using graded motor imagery for complex regional pain syndrome in clinical practice: Failure to improve prian. European Journal of Pain, 16: 550-561.

Moseley, GL. (2012) Teaching people about pain: why do we keep beating around the bush? Pain Management, 2(1): 1-3.

Dey, A., Barnsley, N., Mohan, R., McCormick, M., McAuley, J., Moseley, GL. (2012) Are children who play a sport or musical instrument better at motor imagery than children who do not? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46: 923-926.

Moseley, GL., Flor, H. (2012) Targeting cortical representations in the treatment of chronic pain: A review. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 26(6): 646-652.

Auld, ML., Ware, RS., Boyd, RN., Moseley, GL., Johnston, LM. (2012) Reproductivity of tactile assessments for children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 32(2): 151-166.

Thacker, MA., Moseley, GL. (2012) First-person neuroscience and the understanding of pain. The Medical Journal of Australia, 196(6): 410-411.

Moseley, GL., Gallagher, L., Gallace, A. (2012) Neglect-like tactile dysfunction in chronic back pain. Neurology, 79(4): 327-332.

Giummarra, MJ., Moseley, GL. (2011) Phantom limb pain and bodily awareness: current concepts and future directions. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, 24(5): 524-531.

Moseley, GL. (2011) Pain while you are out of your body - a new appraoch to pain relief? European Journal of Pain, 15: 773-774.

O'Connell, NE., Wand, BM., McAuley, J., Marston, L., Moseley, GL. (2011) Interventions for treating pain and disability in adults with complex regional pain syndrome. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11, Art No: CD009416.

Moseley, GL. (2011) A new direction fo the fear avoidance model? Pain, 152(11): 2447-8.

Barnsley, N., McAuley, J., Mohan, R., Dey, A., Thomas, P., Moseley, GL. (2011) The rubber hand illusion increases histamine reactivity in the real arm. Current Biology, In press(date of acceptance 21 October 2011)

Wand, BM., Tulloch, VM.,George, PJ., Smith, AJ., Goucke, MB., O'Connell, NE., Moseley, GL. (2012) Seeing it helps: movement-related back pain is reduced by visualisation of the back during movement. Clinical Journal of Pain, 28(7): 602-608.

Parkitny, L, McAuley, JH, Walton, D, Pena Costa, LO, Refshauge, KM, Wand, BM, Di Pietro, F, Moseley, GL. (2012) Rasch analysis supports the use of the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scales to measur emood in groups but not in individuals with chronic low back pain. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, In press (date of acceptance 23 May 2011).

Moseley GL, Gallace A, Spence C. (2012) Bodily illusions in health and disease: physiological and clinical perspectives and the concept of a cortical body matrix. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36(1): 34-46.

Moseley, GL. (2011) Swapping bodies in the brain. Current Biology, 21(15): R583-R585.

Marinus, J., Moseley GL., Birklein, F., Baron, R., Maihofner, C., Kingery, WS. and van Hilten, JJ (2011) Clinical features and pathophysiology of complex regional pain syndrome - current state of the art. Lancet Neurology, 10: 637-648.

Walsh, LD., Moseley, GL., Taylor, JL., Gandevia SC. (2011) Proprioceptive signals contribute to the sense of body ownership. Journal of Physiology, 589(Pt12): 3009-21.

Munts, AG., Mugge, W., Meurs, TS., Schouten, AC., Marinus, J., Moseley, GL., van der Helm, F CT., van Hilten, JJ. (2011) Fixed Dystonia in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: a Descriptive and Computational Modeling Approach. BMC Neurology, 11:53.

Auld, MA., Boyd, RN., Moseley, GL., Johnston, LM. (2011) Tactile assessment in children with cerebral palsy: a clinimetric review. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 31(4): 413-39

Gallace, A, Torta DME, Moseley, GL, Iannetti, GD. (2011) The analegesic effect of crossing the arms. Pain, 152(6): 1418-1423.

Rijn, MA, marinus, J, Putter, H, Bosselaar, S, Moseley, GL, van Hilten, JJ. (2011) Spreading of complex regional pain syndrome: not a random process. Journal of Neural Transmission, 118: 1301-1309.

Auld, M, Boyd, R, Moseley, GL, Johnston, L. (2011) Seeing the gaps: a systematic review of visual perception tools for children with hemiplegia. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(19-20): 1854-65.

MacDonald, D, Moseley, GL & Hodges, PW. (2010) People with recurrent LBP respond differently to trunk loading despite remission from symptoms. Spine, 35(7): 818-824.

Moseley, GL, Thacker, M & Flor, H. (2010) Enhancing the Neurologist’s Role in CRPS. Annals of Neurology, 67(3): 414.

Luomajoki, H & Moseley, GL (2010) Tactile acuity and lumbopelvic motor control in patients with back pain and healthy controls. British Journal of Sports Medicine, [epub 10.1136/bjsm.2009.060731.

Bray, H & Moseley, GL. (2009) Disrupted working body schema of the trunk in people with back pain. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45(3): 168-173* This was the focus of popular media articles in Germany, Netherlands & the UK.

Moseley, GL & Barnett, C (2009) Motor imagery after flexor tendon repair. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 90(8): 1443.

Moseley, GL & Wiech, K. (2009) The effect of tactile discrimination training is enhanced when patients watch the reflected image of their unaffected limb during training. Pain, 144(3): 314-9.

MacDonald, D, Moseley, GL & Hodges, PW. (2009) Why do some patients keep hurting their back? Evidence of ongoing back muscle dysfunction during remission from recurrent back pain. Pain, 142(3): 183-188.

Moseley, GL, Birklein, F, van Hilten, J & Marinus, H. (2009) Reply to Hall et al. Arthritis Care & Research, 61(1): 140-141.

Claus, A, Hides, J, Moseley, GL & Hodges, PW. (2009) Different ways to balance the spine: subtle changes in sagittal spinal curves affect regional muscle activity. Spine, 34(6): 208-214.

Moseley, GL, Gallace, A & Spence C (2009) Space-based, but not arm-based, shift in tactile processing in complex regional pain syndrome and its relationship to cooling of the affected limb. Brain, 132: 3142-3151.

Thacker, M, Moseley, GL & Flor, H. (2009) More than pills for neuropathic pain. British Medical Journal, 339: 3502

Moseley, GL. (2009) British Pain Society manoeuvres, Why the desperation? British Medical Journal, 339: 3345.

Moseley, GL & Brugger, P. (2009) The interdependence of movement and anatomy persists when amputees learn a physiologically impossible movement of their phantom limb. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences USA (track 2 – direct submission), 106(4): 18798-18802 *This paper was discussed as a highlight in Neuroscience/Psychology in Nature 462(5), 15 and generated over 40 interviews from USA, Canada, Europe & Australia, including NewScientist, ABC News.

Claus A, Hides J, Moseley GL, Hodges P., (2009) Is ‘ideal’ sitting posture real? Measurement of spinal curves in four sitting postures. Manual Therapy, 14(4): 404-408.

Van Damme, S, Gallace, A, Spence, C, Crombez, G & Moseley, GL. (2009) Does the sight of physical threat induce a tactile processing bias? Modality-specific attentional facilitation induced by viewing threatening pictures. Brain Research, 1253: 100-106.

Moseley, GL. (2008) Pain, brain imaging and physiotherapy -opportunity is knocking. Manual Therapy 13(6) 475-77.

Moseley, GL, Gallace, A & Spence, C. (2008) Topical Review: Mirror Therapy: Is it all it is cracked up to be? Pain, 138(1) 7-10.

Moseley, GL, Parsons, T & Spence, CJ (2008) Visual distortion modulates pain and swelling evoked by movement. Current Biology, 18(22): R1047-1048 *This paper generated over 30 interviews and gained popular and lay scientific coverage in Europe, North America and Australia.

Moseley, GL (2008) I can’t find it! Distorted body image and tactile dysfunction in patients with back pain. Pain, 140(1) 239-243.

Moseley, GL, Olthof, N, Wijers, M, Venema, A, Don, S, Gallace, A & Spence, CJ (2008) Psychologically induced cooling of a specific body-part caused by the illusory ownership of an artificial counterpart. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences USA (track 2), 105,35 13169-73 *This paper generated over 50 interviews and gained popular and lay scientific coverage in Europe, North America, Asia & Australia.

Moseley, GL (2008) Reconceptualising placebo. British Medical Journal, 336:1086.

Moseley, GL, Zalucki, N, Weich, K (2008) Tactile discrimination, but not tactile stimulation alone, reduces chronic limb pain. Pain, 137(3): 600-608.

Moseley, GL, Zalucki, N, Birklein, F, Marinus, J, van Hilten, J, Luomajoki, H (2008) Thinking about movement hurts. Evidence that motor imagery increases pain and swelling in people with chronic upper limb pain. Arthritis Care & Research, 59(5): 623-31.

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