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Contact Details

Phone
+64 3 556 5036
Email
jerin.mathew@otago.ac.nz
Position
Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy
Department
Department of Anatomy
Qualifications
BPhty (India) PhD (Otago)
Research summary
Neural correlates of pain and non-invasive neuromodulation for chronic musculoskeletal pain
Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • PHTY250 (Physiotherapy 2nd year)
  • Early Learning in Medicine (ELM2 and ELM3)
  • Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM5)
  • Introdution to Pain (ELM2)

Postgraduate:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy (SUAN)
  • Basic Surgical Sciences Course (for candidates taking FRACS)
  • Pain and Pain Management Programmes, University of Otago, Christchurch
Memberships
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS)
  • Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine (Point-of-care technologies)
  • International Society for Neuroregulation & Research (ISNR)
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA)
  • Clinical Anatomy Research Group (CARG)
  • Neuroscience Research Group (NRG)
  • Otago Pain Mechanisms and Neuromodulation (OPaMeN)
  • Pain at Otago Research Theme
  • Brain Health Research Centre (BHRC)
  • Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR)
  • Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP)
Clinical
  • Investigating neural correlates (EEG biomarkers) of pain hypersensitivity
  • Clinical anatomy and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system

Research

Dr Jerin Mathew's research primarily focuses on chronic pain and non-invasive neuromodulation. With a background in physiotherapy and neuroscience, he conducts applied and clinical research to investigate the 'brain-pain' mechanisms driving chronic musculoskeletal pain and to enhance clinical pain outcomes through non-invasive neuromodulation. Dr Mathew utilises a range of techniques, including Electroencephalography, Neuroimaging, Ultrasound, Quantitative Sensory Testing, Energy Expenditure Index, and Kinematic Movement Analysis, to investigate the interaction between the musculoskeletal system and the brain.

In addition to his core research areas, Dr Mathew is involved in various collaborative research in professional clinical education, dissection/cadaveric research, brain-organ interaction, rehabilitation, and clinical sonoanatomy. He serves as a principal investigator for various interdisciplinary research programmes, including:

Additionally, he supervises postgraduate students in medicine, anatomy and neuroscience, fostering research within his areas of expertise.

Publications

O'Sullivan, P., Harris, I., Emerson, A., Mathew, J., Ashton-James, C., & Belton, J. (2024, March). Empowering MSK pain management. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Annual Scientific Meeting: Empowering Pain Management in New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mathew, J. (2024). Neurofeedback: An emerging and experimental top-down approach for pain management [Invited]. Proceedings of the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Annual Scientific Meeting: Empowering Pain Management in New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.nzps2024.nz/ Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mathew, J. (2024). Alterations in brain-pain mechanisms among individuals with chronic painful knee osteoarthritis: Insights from a neuroimaging investigation [Invited]. Proceedings of the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Annual Scientific Meeting: Empowering Pain Management in New Zealand. Retrieved from https://www.nzps2024.nz/ Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mani, R., Adhia, D. B., Awatere, S., Gray, A. R., Mathew, J., Wilson, L. C., Still, A., Jackson, D., Hudson, B., … De Ridder, D. (2024). Self-regulation training for people with knee osteoarthritis: A protocol for a feasibility randomised control trial (MiNT Trial). Frontiers in Pain Research, 4, 1271839. doi: 10.3389/fpain.2023.1271839 Journal - Research Other

Mathew, J., Perez, T. M., Adhia, D. B., De Ridder, D., & Mani, R. (2024). Is there a difference in EEG characteristics in acute, chronic, and experimentally induced musculoskeletal pain states? A systematic review. Clinical EEG & Neuroscience, 55(1), 101-120. doi: 10.1177/15500594221138292 Journal - Research Article

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