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Predictors of chronic pain

Research areas

Psychosocial factors, cultural aspects, and pain behaviour. Brain adaptations and activity, and brain connectivity changes.

Current research projects

Predictors of pain chronicity- post surgical pain and complex regional pain syndrome.

Lead: Professor Ted Shipton
Dr Jessica Smith, Psychologist, Burwood Hospital
Post graduate students:
Tracey Pons, PhD Student, University of Otago, Christchurch


Pons T, Shipton EA, Williman J, Mulder RT. Physiotherapy interventions and the outcomes for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type 1 on the South Island of New Zealand – a longitudinal, prospective case series. The Open Pain Journal 2017; 10: inpress.
Pons T, Shipton EA, Mulder RT. Beliefs and clinical practice for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) managed by Physiotherapists on the South Island of New Zealand. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2017, 8, 42-54.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Pons T, Shipton EA. Williman J, Mulder R. Physiotherapy management of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) on the South Island of New Zealand – a 6 month case series. Rapid Presentation. Australian Pain Society 37th Annual Scientific Meeting, 9-12 April 2017, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide.

Clustering pain phenotypes in patients with musculoskeletal pain

Project Lead: Dr Ram Mani, Physiotherapy
Professor Dirk De Ridder, Neurosurgery
Professor David Baxter, Physiotherapy
Mr Andrew Gray, Biostatistician, Preventive and social medicine.
Dr Simon Stebbings, Rheumatologist
Professor Ted Shipton, Anaesthesiology
Dr Nicola Swain, Psychological medicine.


International pain congress, Japan
New Zealand Pain Society- Annual Scientific Meeting, 2017
Pain@Otago Research theme meeting NZ Pain Society
Online pain conference-2016.
Otago Medical Forum, 26th July, 2017  'Impaired descending pain modulation, central sensitisation, and neuropathic pain in adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain' Presented by Dr Ram Mani

Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability- Phase-45: Dunedin Multidisciplinary Longitudinal Study

Lead: Professor David Baxter
Dr Ram Mani, Physiotherapy
Professor Nadine Foster, Keele University, UK
Funding: Health Research Council Programme Grant

Ageing well and chronic pain

Lead: Professor David Baxter
Dr Ram Mani, Physiotherapy
Dr Cath Smith, Physiotherapy and
Dr Poonam Mehta, Physiotherapy
Funding: Lottery Health Research


  • Anaesthesia
  • Physiotherapy
  • Preventive and Social Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Surgical Sciences
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Management of pain


The sub-theme leader of Predictors of Chronic Pain is Prof Ted Shipton.  For enquires contact: