PROF. TOBY LONG
Prof Toby Long, PhD, PT, FAPTA is Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University, Director of Professional Development at the Center for Child and Human Development, Director of the Georgetown University Certificate in Early Intervention Program and Director of the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development for the District of Columbia’s early intervention program. She is on faculty of the GU Minor in Education, Inquiry and Justice and the Disability Studies Initiative. Dr. Long received her physical therapy degree from Boston University, a master’s degree in early childhood special education from George Washington University and a doctoral degree in human development from University of Maryland. Dr. Long collaborates with colleagues on serving infants and toddlers with disabilities and delays using contemporary, evidenced based practices throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Gulf region, and Asia.
She is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Early Intervention, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, and Infants and Young Children. She is the author of 60 peer-reviewed publications including The Handbook of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Second Edition. Dr. Long is the recipient of a variety of prestigious awards including, the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Jeanne Fisher Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Section on Pediatrics, and the Bud Dehaven Award from the Section on Pediatrics. She was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2009. Dr. Long can be reached at email@example.com
DR. ANNINA SCHMID
Dr. Annina Schmid PhD, MManipTher, PT OMT svomp®, MCSP Associate Professor is a Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and an Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University in the UK. She obtained her Physiotherapy undergraduate training in Switzerland in 2001 and completed a Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology in Perth in 2005 and a PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia in 2011. Her research consists of a unique combination of both basic science and clinical studies, which aim to further our understanding of the pathophysiology of entrapment neuropathies with the ultimate aim to improve management of these conditions.
Annina has published widely in leading clinical and basic science journals (e.g, Manual Therapy, Brain, European Journal of Pain, E-life, Nature Genetics) and has won numerous competitive fellowships, grants and awards. She regularly teaches international postgraduate courses to disseminate the latest evidence to clinicians. Further information on Annina and her work can be found at www.neuro-research.ch
DR. SINEAD HOLDEN
Dr. Sinead Holden BSc, PhD completed her BSc. in Exercise Science, after which she secured a prestigious scholarship from the Irish Research Council (IRCSET) to embark on her research career. She was awarded her PhD from the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin in 2016. Her main research interest is in improving musculoskeletal (MSK) health in adolescents.
Sinead currently works as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Research Unit for General Practice in Aalborg, Denmark, where she plays a key role in coordinating the research agenda for the research group focused on ‘optimising physical health in youth’ (the OptiYouth Group). Her research aims to understand the mechanisms of musculoskeletal injuries and pain in youth, to identify those at increased risk for developing chronic MSK problems. Her goal is to decrease the consequences of youth MSK pain on future health and physical activity by preventing, and improving the management of MSK pain during adolescence.
PROF. SALLIE LAMB
Prof. Sallie Lamb PhD, DSc, MSc, Dip (Physio), MCSP, FMedSci (UK) is Co-Director, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU) – University of Oxford, Kadoorie Professor of Rehabilitation, University of Oxford
Professor of Rehabilitation, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick.
She has a long standing interest in clinical trials, medical statistics and, from a clinical perspective, rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal and chronic conditions. She works with clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to develop pragmatic clinical trial designs to capture the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of health technologies. She is the Chief Investigator for a number of trials of rehabilitation interventions, and Head of the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculo-skeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford. Prior to taking up the post of Co-Director of OCTRU, Professor Lamb was the Foundation Director of the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Warwick. She continues to work collaboratively with the Warwick Unit.
Professor Lamb has a particular interest in older people, and has served as a member of the American Geriatric Society/ British Geriatric Society Fall Guideline Panel, and more recently, as a member of the NICE guideline panel of hip fracture management. She collaborates with a range of US and European Investigators interested in frailty, sarcopenia and disability in older people.
PROF. NADINE FOSTER
Prof. Nadine Foster BSc(Hons) DPhil PGCert FCSP is an NIHR Professor of Musculoskeletal Health in Primary Care and the Director of Keele Clinical Trials Unit. She leads the Musculoskeletal Health and Pain research programme within the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre in the Research Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences at Keele University and is an NIHR Senior Investigator. Her research focuses on the commonest pain conditions in primary care, including low back pain and osteoarthritis and whilst her research programme utilises many research methods she has a particular interest in developing, testing and implementing treatments and services for patients with musculoskeletal pain. She has led or collaborated on more than 16 randomised trials, with funding support from Arthritis Research UK, the Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
She is currently leading an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research on stratified primary care for patients with musculoskeletal pain (STarT MSK) and an NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) funded trial testing stratified care for patients consulting in primary care with sciatica (SCOPiC). Nadine is the lead NIHR training advocate for physiotherapy and President of the Society of Back Pain Research. She chairs the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funding panel in the West Midlands, and has previously served on HTA funding committees and the Arthritis Research UK Pain Clinical Studies Group.
PROF. BRIAN CAULFIELD
Prof. Brian Caulfield PhD qualified as a Physiotherapist following his Bachelor’s degree in University College Dublin 25 years ago this year. Following a few years of clinical work in the USA he embarked on a career in academia. His early research career focussed on laboratory-based evaluation of human performance in health and sport, with particular emphasis on understanding the neurophysiological contributions to repeated musculoskeletal injuries in sport. He has gradually shifted his research focus away from laboratory-based analysis towards field measurement in health and sport, where contextual relevance is significantly enhanced. His work with wearable and mobile sensing measurement/intervention applications opens up a new vista for human performance evaluation and enhancement across the spectrum from elite sport to chronic disease. To achieve this he has developed cross cutting collaborations with researchers in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering across the globe and has a wide network of industry and clinical collaborators.
Previously the Director of the Intel-GE funded TRIL Centre, and a PI in the CLARITY CSET, he is currently a Director of the INSIGHT Centre, Ireland's €85m Data Analytics Research Centre, where he leads the Personal Sensing Group, as well as the Dean of Physiotherapy in UCD. He also lead the establishment of Ireland’s national Connected Health Technology Centre (ARCH), is Chair of the European Network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technology Cost Action (ENJECT), and coordinator for both the CHESS and CATCH H2020 projects. Brian is currently working across a number of research initiatives that leverage digital technologies for human performance measurement, understanding and enhancement in health and sport.