On behalf of the clinical scientists I would like to congratulate Professor Lorimer Moseley and collaborators for an outstanding recent grant and award achievement.
Out of 3800 submissions, chief investigators Lorimer and Professor Johan Vlaeyen have won a NHMRC (i.e. National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia) grant for a project called ‘The imprecision hypothesis of chronic pain’. They will carry out a series of experiments that will test the idea that it is not the nociceptive load that predisposes one to chronic pain, but the way in which the brain encodes all the other, non-nociceptive, characteristics of a painful event. This project won the Marshall & Warren Award for the Best Innovative and Potentially Transformative Project. Now this is a really posh award in Australia and it’s the first time a physio has won it.
Lorimer has also won a NHMRC grant for a project called ‘Explaining pain to prevent chronic pain, along with James McAuley, Mike Nicholas and collaborators. This project is a randomised controlled trial in which people who sustain acute low back pain and are high risk for chronicity, according to the best risk model we have, participate in Explain Pain or a sham control.
The two grants were worth a combined $1.4million.
This is just awesomely good news and welcome support for a rehabilitation area that has perhaps been a bit missed in the past.
And Lozzie – dear friend and sharer of the weekly custard and prune pastry – you really have lifted the expectation of clinical outcome bar for all of us and for many people with pain states who had no answer in the past. And I know he doesn’t like me saying such things but would like to repeat Pat Wall’s comment to me over 10 years ago “Who is this Moseley guy? He is the smartest Australian I have ever met”.