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64 3 479 7455
Associate Professor
Research summary
Musculoskeletal disorders, clinical trials
Supervision of research students: summer students, honours, master's and PhD
  1. National
    - Physiotherapy New Zealand
    - New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapy Association
  2. International
    - Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network
    - Global Burden of Disease Collaborator Network
    - International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
    - International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology
    - International Society of Biomechanics


Dan Ribeiro is a researcher interested in improving clinical outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

The goal of his research is to develop and test novel treatment strategies for patients with musculoskeletal disorders through lab-based studies to clinical trials (including outcome and process evaluation studies).

His research programme focuses on understanding underlying mechanisms of musculoskeletal disorders and testing interventions for improving healthcare services.

Recent and current projects include:

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Awards and funding

Dan Ribeiro was awarded the prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship (HRC) in 2017 and the University of Otago Early Career Award for Distinction in Research in 2018. He has secured more than $1 million in research grants as Principal Investigator. His research has been supported by a number of funding agencies, including: Health Research Council NZ, Lottery Grants Board, NZ Manipulative Physiotherapy Association, Physiotherapy NZ, Otago Medical Research Foundation, Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust.


Ribeiro, D. C., Lamb, S. E., & Abbott, J. H. (2024). Mediators of the effects of exercise and manual therapy for people with knee and hip osteoarthritis: A secondary, exploratory analysis of the MOA trial. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage Open, 6, 100431. doi: 10.1016/j.ocarto.2023.100431 Journal - Research Article

Milne, T., Anwar, M., Burga, L., Harcombe, H., Garelja, M., Middleton, A., Ribeiro, D. C., Fleming, N., Ogbuehi, K., & Bahn, A. (Eds.). (2023). Proceedings of the 268th Otago Medical School Research Society (OMSRS) Meeting: Masters/Honours/Postgraduate Diploma Student Speaker Awards. Dunedin, New Zealand: OMSRS. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Edited volume of conference proceedings

Wang, S., Chapple, C., Farrell, G., Quinn, D., Tumilty, S., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2023). Dosage of joint mobilization for the management of patients with rotator cuff-related shoulder pain: A scoping review. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2023.102903 Journal - Research Other

Dacombe-Bird, M., Dassanayake, S., Beck, S., Ribeiro, D. C., Nixon, G., Bryant, K., Stokes, T., Wilkins, G., Johnstone, C., Kennedy, E., … Dixon, D. (2023). Musculoskeletal chest pain prevalence in emergency department presentations: A retrospective case notes review. Emergency Medicine Australasia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.14352 Journal - Research Article

GBD 2021 Other Musculoskeletal Disorders Collaborators, including Ribeiro, D. C. (2023). Global, regional, and national burden of other musculoskeletal disorders, 1990–2020, and projections to 2050: A systematic analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2021. Lancet Rheumatology, 5(11), 670-682. doi: 10.1016/S2665-9913(23)00232-1 Journal - Research Article

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