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Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Post-doctoral Research Fellow, La Trobe University

Dr Andrea Bruder is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM). Her research focuses on primary and secondary prevention of knee osteoarthritis, with a special interest in reducing gender disparity in musculoskeletal injury risk and long-term burden.

Andrea was the clinical coordinator of a collaborative study with the Australian Football League to co-design, implement and evaluate an injury prevention program (Prep-to-Play PRO) in elite women's Australian Rules Football (AFLW). She is currently a trial coordinator on an NHMRC-funded clinical trial (SUPER knee) investigating the effect of a supervised exercise and education program on symptoms, function and quality of life in young adults after an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Andrea is a physiotherapist, and her PhD thesis investigating the role of exercise in upper limb fracture rehabilitation was awarded the Nancy Millis Medal for completing a PhD thesis of exceptionally high quality in September 2018.

Andrea has more than 30 peer-review publications. She currently supervises 3 PhD students, and one Honours student.