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Distinguished Professors Chad Cook and Nadine Foster will visit Dunedin in March 2024 as Visiting Fellows awarded and supported by the Stanley Paris Musculoskeletal and Manual Therapy Fund.  Both Professors are international leaders in their field.

Professor Cook is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a history of clinical care excellence and service. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice.

Prof Foster's clinical research program is internationally renowned for establishing the effectiveness of interventions through randomised controlled trials and evidencing new models of care (eg. stratified & stepped care) that has widely influenced health policy and practice.

Both visiting fellows will be presenting a number of seminars and workshops during their time in Dunedin. This will be of broad appeal to researchers, as well as physiotherapists and other clinicians involved in the management of people with musculoskeletal conditions. Their work bridges the gap between research and practice by considering the importance of implementation, and how evidence can be used to improve healthcare delivery.

Contact: Dr Cathy Chapple

Activities and Events

Tuesday 5 March

12 pm CHARR lunchtime seminar:
Enhancing Clinical Trials through clinical mass (Professor Nadine Foster)

5.30 to 8.30 Evening Research symposium:
Musculoskeletal research: mining the evidence base and innovating clinical trials

Wednesday 6 March

12 pm CHARR lunchtime seminar
Precision medicine: matching disease mechanisms to treatment mechanisms (Professor Chad Cook)

Professor Nadine Foster is a Professor and Director of the STARS Research and Education Alliance between the University of Queensland and Metro North Health in Queensland, Australia (STARS is the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service, the newest public hospital in Brisbane). Her research focuses on musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain, osteoarthritis and shoulder problems, and she has a particular interest in developing, testing and implementing treatments and health services.

For more information on Professor Nadine Foster

Professor Chad Cook is a Professor in Division of Physical Therapy, in the Department of Orthopaedics at Duke University in the United States. He also has a secondary appointment in Population Health Sciences and a Class A affiliation with the Duke Clinical Research Center and the Director of the Duke Center of Excellence in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (CEMMT). Dr. Cook’s research specialties include diagnostic accuracy, outcomes and manual therapy.

For more information on Professor Chad Cook

About the fund

Stanley Paris Musculoskeletal and Manual Therapy Fund, named after Stanley G and Stanley V Paris, father and son graduates of the School of Physiotherapy at Otago. The fund is specifically intended to support and strengthen activities in the area of musculoskeletal and manual therapy (OMT) at the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy, to further enhance its national and international profile and leadership role in research and in clinical practice.

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