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Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy, University of South Australia

Professor Lorimer Moseley is a clinician and researcher with a special interest in pain and brain sciences. He is author of Painful Yarns. Metaphors & stories to help understand the biology of pain, and co-author of Explain Pain, which is a key text for pain sciences at universities throughout the world, Explain Pain Supercharged. The Clinician's Handbook, Explain Pain Handbook: Protectometer, and the Graded Motor Imagery Handbook.

He completed his doctorate in medicine at the University of Sydney and post-doctorates at the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. In 2004, he was appointed Nuffield Medical Research Fellow at Oxford University, UK.

He has over 300 scholarly works including articles in Lancet Neurology, JAMA Internal, and multiple papers in PNAS, Current Biology, Brain, PAIN and Neurology. He is Associate Editor of PAIN, the Journal of Pain, the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and the European Journal of Pain.

In 2007, he received the Ulf Lindblom Award, given by the International Association for the Study of Pain to the outstanding mid-career clinical scientist working in a pain-related field. He won the 2012 Marshall & Warren Award for Innovation and potential transformation from the NHMRC and has been recognised with awards for service from physiotherapy or pain societies on every continent. He is now NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & the Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, and Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Science, an Honorary Fellow of the ANZCA Faculty of Pain Medicine, and an Honoured Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.


  • 2011–present
    Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy, University of South Australia


  • 2002 
    The University of Sydney, PhD