2017 ASM Invited Speakers


Ms Ornella Clavisi

Research and Knowledge Manager

MOVE muscle, bone and joint health, Australia

Ornella Clavisi is the Chair of the ANZMUSC consumer advisory group and is currently the Research and Knowledge Manager at MOVE muscle, bone & joint health, a consumer organisation representing people with musculoskeletal conditions.  In her role Ornella manages MOVE’s research program which funds researchers through project grants and scholarships as well as fostering consumer involvement in all aspects of research. She also has expertise in research methods, systematic reviews and evidence based practice and policy.  She has previously worked for a number of organisation and institutes including the National Trauma Research Institute as  program manager working on large scale knowledge translation trials in traumatic brain injury and managing an Evidence Service for the Victorian Transport Accident Commission and WorkSafe Victoria; Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) as the Research Manager of the ANZCA Trials Group; and the Monash Institute of Health Services Research developing evidence based reviews for the Medicare Benefits Advisory Committee and Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.



Associate Professor Justine Naylor

Senior Principal Research Fellow, Orthopaedics, South Western Sydney Local Health District

Justine is the senior principal research fellow for Orthopaedics in South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). She is also the Director of the Whitlam Orthopaedic Research Centre located at Liverpool Hospital and Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She has a broad research background, but specifically has research expertise in the areas of outcome after knee or hip arthroplasty, and rehabilitation after knee or hip arthroplasty.  She has obtained over 2.5 M in research grants since 2012, and has published widely in the orthopaedic field. She is one of the few females on the Editorial board for Journal of Arthroplasty and is a member of the STREAM Health, a research collaborative across SWSLHD and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) which aims to improve the musculoskeletal health of the population in the associated regions.



Prof Maria Makrides

Theme Leader, Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children, SAHMRI, Adelaide

Maria Makrides is the Theme Leader for Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and leads the Child Nutrition Research Centre which is based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. As a research dietician, Maria is committed to improving the nutrition and health of mothers and their babies through the conduct and translation of high quality research.  She has over 200 peer reviewed publications including in the prestigious journals the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal.  Maria’s group has conducted some of the key intervention trials involving omega-3 supplements in perinatal nutrition, and has been recognised with a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence in Foods for Future Australians.



Prof Steve Wesselingh

Executive Director, SAHMRI

 In October 2011 Professor Wesselingh took up the position as the inaugural Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Professor Wesselingh has also been appointed as the Infection and Immunity Theme Leader for the institute. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, from 2007-2011.  Prior to taking up the Deanship, he was Director of the Burnet Institute an independent medical research institute specialising in infectious diseases, immunology and public health. Professor Wesselingh undertook his undergraduate and doctoral training at Flinders University/Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia and his post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins in the United States. He is an Infectious Diseases Physician and researcher in Neurovirology, HIV and vaccine development. Professor Wesselingh has consistently worked towards the integration of high quality medical research with health-care delivery, leading to improved health outcomes for Australia and the poorly resourced countries of the region.



Associate Professor Christine Lin

Senior Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney

Christine Lin is Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney and an NHMRC Career Development Fellow. She is a clinical researcher whose research interests focus on investigating treatment effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in musculoskeletal conditions. She has published >100 scientific publications and received>$3.7M in competitive research funding. Christine has a background in physiotherapy.



Prof Rana Hinman

Professor and ARC Future Fellow, Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Victoria

 Rana is a physiotherapist, Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Centre for Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on musculoskeletal health, primarily osteoarthritis, of the knee and hip joints. A major area of her research is the development and/or evaluation of non-drug non-surgical treatment strategies for osteoarthritis, in particular exercise and biomechanical interventions such as orthoses, footwear and gait modification. Her clinical trials have been published in leading medical journals, including JAMA, BMJ and Ann Int Med. Rana has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and has received over $11 million in grant funding, including from multiple grants from both the NHMRC and ARC. She is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Physical Therapy.



Dr Xingzhong Jin

Research Fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

Dr Xingzhong Jin, is a Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, and a certified health informatician by Health Informatics Society of Australia. He received his PhD at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. Dr Jin has published 34 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals of clinical medicine, including JAMA, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, and Arthritis & Rheumatism. He has also published one Oxford Textbook chapter and has a h-index of 9. Dr Jin’s PhD project examined the effects of vitamin D supplementation on cartilage volume and knee pain in patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis and low 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in a randomised controlled trial. He has research interests in finding effective prevention for the development of osteoarthritis through early disease detection and innovative treatment adherence strategies.



Prof Michele Sterling

Director – NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries

Associate Director and Director Rehabilitation Sciences Program – Recover Injury Research Centre, Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute Queensland

Michele Sterling is Professor in the School of Allied Health, Director of NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Road Traffic Injury, and Associate Director of the Recover Injury Research Centre all at the Menzies health Institute Queensland, Griffith University.  She is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.  Michele’s research focusses on the mechanisms underlying the development of chronic pain following injury; developing predictive models and clinical algorithms for outcome after whiplash injury and developing effective interventions for musculoskeletal injury and pain.  She has received over $13M in competitive research funding and has published over 130 scientific papers and book chapters as well as three books in the areas of whiplash injury and musculoskeletal pain.  Michele is a member of the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Australian Pain Society.



Professor Ian Harris AM

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UNSW,

Director, Whitlam Orthopaedic Research Centre, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research

Professor Ian Harris is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of new South Wales. He maintains a clinical orthopaedic practice and directs a research unit based at Liverpool, in Sydney’s south west. His research activities include registries, clinical trials, systematic reviews and methodological studies in the fields of surgical outcomes, trauma (fractures), joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation after surgery. His aims are to improve the evidence base for orthopaedic surgery and to better align clinical practice with that evidence base.