Professor Paul Hodges

Professor Paul Hodges1994 Menzies Scholar in the Allied Health Sciences

PhD (Physiotherapy), PhD (Neuroscience)

Current position
Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow in the Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. Paul has doctorates in both physiotherapy and neuroscience and his work blends neurophysiological and biomechanical methods to understand the control of movement and stability and how this changes when people have pain.

2006: Awarded the ISSLS Prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. This is the premier international prize for back pain research.


Areas of Research Interest
Primary research interests include investigation the relationship between pain and motor control; the coordination of the multiple functions of the trunk muscles; the effect of exercise in interventions on musculoskeletal pain; and the biomechanical mechanisms for control of the spine. In addition to his research in Brisbane, Paul has ongoing collaborations with laboratories in Sydney, Melbourne, Sweden, USA, the Netherlands, Denmark and South Africa.

Publications & Grants
Published more that 130 peer reviewed papers and book chapters.
Received more that $AU10 million in research grants from the NHMRC, ARC and International research funds.