Seminar details

12.30pm—1.30pm, Friday 4 March 2016, QBP Auditorium (Building 80), UQ St Lucia campus

Please note: Seating is limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Professor Lorimer Moseley

Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy 
School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Senior Principal Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia


Pain: Do you really get it?

Ever wondered why major injuries are sometimes pain-free? Ever wondered how you got that bruise on your leg? Ever wondered why your legs hurt more one day on the bike than the other? Why 1 in 5 people have chronic pain but only some of them have evidence of chronic injury? Ever wondered why sadomasochists do what they do when it hurts so much? Ever wondered whether it really hurts at all?

These questions entertain pain scientists, who come in all shapes and sizes, from epidemiologists to molecular biologists, but they share one perspective—that pain is subserved by very complex biological events.

In this talk, Professor Moseley will present evidence, from anecdote to error bars, that pain is not a marker of tissue damage or pathology.

He will argue that such a conceptualisation of pain, although popular, is based on an outdated model, is unhelpful when it comes to taking on the burden of chronic pain, and would be a daft situation anyway, destined to drop us out of the gene pool quick smart.

Professor Moseley will outline some of the major advances in the clinical management and prevention of chronic pain, as he sees them, from the perspective of a clinical scientist working in interdisciplinary research and clinical teams.

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Speaker bio

Professor Lorimer Moseley is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of South Australia and Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia.

He leads the Body in Mind research group, which investigates the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain, undertaking both fundamental behavioural and neurophysiological experiments, and randomised controlled trials and prognostic studies.

Lorimer has written over 220 papers and several books including the two highest selling pain-related books internationally. He has won Australia’s most prestigious prize for Innovation and Potential Transformation in a Medical or Health related project, was runner-up in the Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Sciences and was the inaugural winner of the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Prize for Outstanding Clinical Science in a Pain-related field.

He has editorial roles with PAIN, the Journal of Pain and the European Journal of Pain. He is Chief Editor of, the most influential web and social media presence in the clinical pain sciences.

Seminar host

Professor Paul Alewood,

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