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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


Qualifications

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)

2014

Moseley, G.L., Vlaeyen, JW. (2014) Beyond nociception - The imprecision hypothesis of chronic pain. Pain, (accepted for publication, 24 October 2014)

von Piekartz, H., Wallwork, S.B., Mohr, G., Butler, D.S., Moseley, G.L. (2014) People with chronic facial pain perform worse than controls at a facial emotion recognition task; but it’s not all about the emotion. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, (accepted for publication, 4 October 2014)

Di Pietro, F., Stanton, T.R., Moseley, G.L., Lotze, M., McAuley, J.H. (2014) Interhemispheric somatosensory differences in chronic pain reflect abnormality of the healthy side. Human Brain Mapping (In press, published online 25 September 2014).

Berryman, C., Stanton, T.R., Bowering, K.J., Tabor, A., McFarlane, A., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Do people with chronic pain have impaired executive function? A meta-analytical review. Clinical Psychology Review, 34(7): 563–579.

Catley, M.J., O’Connell, N.E., Berryman, C., Ayhan, F.F., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Is tactile acuity altered in people with Chronic Pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis. The Journal of Pain, 15(10): 985-1000

Wiech, K., Edwards, R., Moseley, G.L., Berna, C., Ploner, M., Tracey, I. (2014) Dissociable neural mechanisms underlying the modulation of pain and anxiety? An fMRI pilot study. PLoS ONE, (accepted for publication, 19 September 2014).

Meulders, A., Harvie, D.S., Bowering, J.K., Caragianis, S., Vlaeyen, J.W.S., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Contingency learning deficits and generalization in chronic unilateral hand pain patients. The Journal of Pain, (published online 25 July 2014).

Gilpin, H.R., Bellan, V., Gallace, A., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Exploring the roles of body ownership, vision, and virtual reality on heat pain threshold. European Journal of Pain, 18(7):900-901.

Auld, M., Russo, R., Moseley, G.L., Johnston, L.M. (2014) Determination of interventions for upper extremity tactile impairment in children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 56(9): 815-832.

Bowering, K.J., Butler, D.S., Fulton, I.J., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Motor imagery in people with a history of back pain, current back pain, both, or neither. Clinical Journal of Pain (Epub ahead of print).

Traeger, A.C., Moseley, G.L., Hubscher, M., Lee, H., Skinner, I.W., Nicholas, M.K., Henschke, N., Refshauge, K.M., Blyth, F.M., Main, C.J., Hush, J.M., Pearce, G., McAuley, J.H. (2014) Pain education to prevent chronic low back paim: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 4: e005505.

Gallace A, Soravia G, Cattaneo Z, Moseley G.L., Vallar G (2014) Temporary Interference over the Posterior Parietal Cortices Disrupts Thermoregulatory Control in Humans. PLoS ONE 9(3): e88209.

Wand, B.M., Szpak, L., George, P.J., Bulsara, M.K., O’Connell, N.E., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Moving in an Environment of Induced Sensorimotor Incongruence Does Not Influence Pain Sensitivity in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomised Within-Subject Experiment. PLoS ONE, 9(4): e93701.

Gilpin, H.R., Moseley, G.L., Stanton,T.R., Newport, R. (2014) Evidence for Distorted Mental Representation of the Hand in Osteoarthritis. Rheumatology (published online 22 September 2014).

Wand, B.M., Stephens, S.E., Mangharam, E.I.M., Geroge, P.J., Bulsara, M.K., O’Connell, N.E., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Illusory touch temporaily inproves sensation in areas of chronic numbness: A brief communication. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. Available online, http://nnr.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/02/20/1545968314524827.

Harvie, D., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Exploring changes in the brain associated with recovery from phantom limb pain - the potential importance of telescoping. European Journal of Pain, 18: 601–602

Catley, M.J., Tabor, A., Miegel, R.G., Wand, B.M., Spence, C., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Show me the skin! Does seeing the back enhance tactile acuity at the back? Manual Therapy, 19(5): 461-466.

Wand, B.M., Catley, M.J., Luomajoki, H.A., O’Sullivan, K.J., Di Pietro, F, O’Connell, N.E., Moseley, G.L. (2014) Lumbar tactile acuity is near identical between sides in health pain-free participants. Manual Therapy, 19(5): 504-507.

Moseley, G.L., Herbert, R.D., Parsons, T., Lucas, S., Van Hilter, J.J., Marinus, J. (2014) Intense pain soon after wrist fracture strongly predicts who will develop complex regional pain syndrome: Prospective cohort study. Journal of Pain, 15(1): 16-23.

2013

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

Allen, H.G., Stanton, T.R., Di Pietro, F., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Social media release increases dissemination of original articles in the clinical pain sciences. PLOS One, 8(7): e68914.

Wand, B.M., Keeves, J., Bourgoin, C., George, P.J., Smith, A.J., Occonnell, N.E., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Mislocalization of sensory information in people with chronic low back pain. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29(8): 737-743.

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

Catley, M.J., O'Connell, N.E., Moseley, G.L. (2013) How good is the neurophysiology of pain questionnaire? A rasch analysis of psychometric properties. Journal of Pain, 14(8): 818-27.

Wand, B.M., Abbaszadeh, S., Smith, A.J., Catley, M.J., Moseley, G.L. (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.

Berryman, C., Stanton, T.R., Bowering, K.J., Tabor, A., McFarlane, A., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Evidence for working memnory deficits in chronic pain: A systematic review and meta analysis. Pain, 154(8): 1181-1196.

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

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

Di Pietro, F., McAuley, J.H., Parkitny, L., Lotze, M., Wand, B.M., Moseley, G.L., Stanton, T.R. (2013) Primary motor cortex function in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Pain, 14(11): 1270-88.

Catley, M.J., Tabor, A., Wand, B.M., Moseley, G.L. (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, S.B., Butler, D.S., Moseley, G.L. (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, A.D., Usichenko, T., Moseley, G.L., 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, T.R, Lin, C.W.C., Bray, H., Smeets, R.J.E.M., Taylor, D., Law, R.Y.W., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Tactile acuity is disrupted in osteoarthritis but is unrelated to disruptions in motor imagery performance. Rheumatology, 52(8): 1509-19

Bowering, K.J, O'Connell, N.E, Tabor, A, Catley, M.J, Leake, H.B, Moseley, G.L., Stanton, T.R. (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, S.B., Butler, D.S., Fulton, I., Stewart, H., Darmawan, I., Moseley, G.L. (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, G.L. (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, G.L. (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, G.L., 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, J.H., Di Pietro, F., Stanton, T.R., O'Connell, N.E., Marinus, J., Van Hilten, J.J., Moseley, G.L. (2013) Inflammation i complex regional pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology, (80):106-117.

2012

Mohan, R., Jensen, K.B., Petkova, V.I., Dey, A., Barnsley, N., Ingvar, M., McAuley, J., Moseley, G.L., & Ehrsson, H.H. (2012) No pain relief with the rubber hand illusion. PLOS One, 7(12): e52400.

Moseley, G.L., Gallace, A., Iannetti, G.D. (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, B.M., Bunce, D., Moseley, G.L., De Souza, L.H. (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, G.L. (2012) Spatially defined distruption of motor imagery performance in people with osteoarthritis. Rheumatology, 51: 1455-1464.

Auld, M.L, Boyd, R.N, Moseley, G.L., Ware, R.S, Johnston, L.M. (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, G.L., de C williams, A.C., 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, G.L. (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, G.L. (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, G.L., Flor, H. (2012) Targeting cortical representations in the treatment of chronic pain: A review. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 26(6): 646-652.

Auld, M.L., Ware, R.S., Boyd, R.N., Moseley, G.L., Johnston, LM. (2012) Reproducibilty of tactile assessments for children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 32(2): 151-166.

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

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

Wand, B.M., Tulloch, V.M.,George, P.J., Smith, A.J., Goucke, M.B., O'Connell, N.E., Moseley, G.L. (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, J.H., Walton, D., Pena Costa, L.O., Refshauge, K.M., Wand, B.M., Di Pietro, F., Moseley, G.L. (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, 65:189-198

Moseley, G.L., 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.

Auld, M.L., Boyd, R.N., Moseley, G.L., Ware, R.S., Johnston, L.M. (2012) Tactile function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy compared to typically developing children. Disability and Rehabilitation: 34(17): 1488-94

2011

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

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

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

Moseley, G.L. (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, G.L. (2011) The rubber hand illusion increases histamine reactivity in the real arm. Current Biology, 21(23): R945-946.

Marinus, J., Moseley G.L., 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, L.D., Moseley, G.L., Taylor, J.L., Gandevia S.C. (2011) Proprioceptive signals contribute to the sense of body ownership. Journal of Physiology, 589(Pt12): 3009-21.

Munts, A.G., Mugge, W., Meurs, T.S., Schouten, A.C., Marinus, J., Moseley, G.L., van der Helm, F CT., van Hilten, J.J. (2011) Fixed Dystonia in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: a Descriptive and Computational Modeling Approach. BMC Neurology, 11:53.

Auld, M.A., Boyd, R.N., Moseley, G.L., Johnston, L.M. (2011) Tactile assessment in children with cerebral palsy: a clinimetric review. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 31(4): 413-39

Gallace, A., Torta, D.M.E., Moseley, G.L., Iannetti, G.D. (2011) The analegesic effect of crossing the arms. Pain, 152(6): 1418-1423.

Rijn, M.A., Marinus, J., Putter, H., Bosselaar, S., Moseley, G.L., van Hilten, J.J. (2011) Spreading of complex regional pain syndrome: not a random process. Journal of Neural Transmission, 118: 1301-1309.

Auld, M., Boyd, R., Moseley, G.L., 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.

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

Luomajoki, H & Moseley, G.L. (2011) Tactile acuity and lumbopelvic motor control in patients with back pain and healthy controls. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 45(5):437-40.

Bray, H., Moseley, G.L. (2011) 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.

2010

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

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

2009

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

Moseley, G.L., 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, G.L., Hodges, P.W. (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, G.L., 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, G.L. & Hodges, P.W. (2009) Different ways to balance the spine: subtle changes in sagittal spinal curves affect regional muscle activity. Spine, 34(6): 208-214.

Moseley, G.L., 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, G.L., Flor, H. (2009) More than pills for neuropathic pain. British Medical Journal, 339: 3502

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

Moseley, G.L. & 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 G.L., 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, G.L. (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.


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