Musculoskeletal: Jones & Ding Group

Research in the Musculoskeletal Group is aimed at utilising Tasmania's unique population characteristics to investigate musculoskeletal epidemiology, with a particular emphasis on fractures, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Clinical trials are also a key feature of this group.

We are currently focusing on the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as an assessment technique to determine environmental factors (such as physical activity from childhood to adults) and genetic factors on knee structural changes in osteoarthritis. We are also interested in exploring the roles of inflammatory cytokines and obesity-related hormones (eg. Leptin) in osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

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Senior Members

  • Professor Graeme Jones (Professorial Research Fellow)


  • Professor Changhai Ding (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Professor Tania Winzenberg (Research Fellow)

Team Members

  • Associate Professor Leigh Blizzard (Senior Biostatistician)
  • Bronwyn Archer (Radiographer)
  • Catrina Boon (Study Coordinator/Research Officer)
  • Joan Clough (Data Entry)
  • Dr Dawn Aitken (PhD Student)
  • Margie Green (Research Officer)
  • Dr Laura Laslett (PhD Student)
  • Dr Fiona Scott (Honorary Research Fellow)
  • Robert Warren (MRI Reader)
  • Dr Kathryn Squibb (Junior Research Fellow)

Internal Collaborators

  • Professor Alison Venn
  • Professor John Burgess

External Collaborators

  • Professor Matthew Brown
  • University of Queensland
  • Professor Flavia Cicuttini
  • Monash University
  • Professor Terry Dwyer
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Associate Professor Catherine Hill
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide
  • Associate Professor Lyn March
  • Sydney University
  • Dr Susanna Proudman

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