Transforming our world through research and technology

Read about some of the inspiring journeys and life-changing stories, directly from our clinicians, patients and volunteers.

Professor Mark Hancock, with an anatomical model of a spinal column.

Back pain — research story

Back pain is the number one cause of disability globally but doesn’t get the attention or funding it deserves, says Professor Hancock. That gap is one of the main motivations for his research. With about 30 other international back pain researchers,...

Read more
Professor Helen Rizos, smiling, in a labcoat and gloves.

Cancer diagnosis — research story

“Currently, the technology is used to detect late-stage melanoma,” Professor Helen Rizos said. By analysing liquid biopsies – blood samples instead of conventional tissue biopsies – Rizos' team investigates patients' response to ce...

Read more
Bridget Dean, a physiotherapist, with her patient.

Physio's dream job — clinical story

From a young age, Bridget Dean played sport which lead her to competing in Oztag, hockey and athletics at international, national and representative level. Her love of sport motivated her to train as a high school PE teacher, and while she was teaching, s...

Read more
Associate Professor Sumit Raniga with his orthopaedic shoulder simulator.

Shoulder biomechanics lab — clinical story

As a New Zealander, Associate Professor Sumit Raniga sub-specialised in shoulder and elbow surgery with an aim to work with the All Blacks. But when MQ Health asked him to develop an orthopaedic research program and set up a Shoulder and Elbow clinical pr...

Read more
Associate Professor Blake Dear, a smiling man in a suit, standing in front of a MindSpot sign.

Online pain clinic — clinical story

Associate Professor Blake Dear is co-director of Macquarie University’s not-for-profit eCentreClinic, the psychology research unit that came up with a new online pain course as part of its role to develop and evaluate treatments for common health co...

Read more