Musculoskeletal Health and Persistent Pain Research Lab

About the Project

One in five people in Australia experience persistent pain. Musculoskeletal disorders (such as back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis) are the leading contributor to disability worldwide.  Needless to say that the newly established Musculoskeletal Health and Persistent Pain Research Lab at the Griffith University campus in Nathan is highly relevant.

Pain is also an important limiting factor in neurological conditions (e.g., stroke and spinal cord injury), systemic conditions (e.g., diabetes) or an important side effect of treatment (e.g., chemotherapy induced neuropathic pain). Our research lab therefore doesn’t limit itself to study the more traditional musculoskeletal conditions, but is interested in all conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. For example, we are currently recruiting people with diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapy induced neuropathy and neuropathic pain in people with spinal cord injury. The ultimate aim of the lab is to develop and test novel and effective (non-pharmacological) interventions for people with pain. The lab has state-of-the art equipment to study pain and nerve function, and advanced medical imaging systems. The research lab is led by Prof. Michel Coppieters, and is home to many staff, postdocs, and HDR students of the School of Allied Health Sciences. They are either part of or have strong links with The Hopkins Centre.


If you are interested in what we do or like to collaborate, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are also always looking for healthy control participants for our research projects. So how about visiting the lab while participating in a study, or refer a patient. You can express your interest at:

The lab could not have been established without the substantial (financial) support from Griffith University’s Health Group, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, the School of Allied Health Sciences and The Hopkins Centre.

Read more about our current Musculoskeletal Health and Persistent Pain Project.
Read more about the Musculoskeletal Health & Persistent Pain Research Group

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