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Siobhan Schabrun

Current Appointments

Senior Research Scientist and Group Leader, NeuRA
Director, Centre for Pain IMPACT, NeuRA R.D Wright Biomedical Fellow, NHMRC
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Dr Siobhan Schabrun trained as a physiotherapist before completing a PhD in neuroscience at The University of Adelaide in 2009. Supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, she undertook post-doctoral training in pain neuroscience at The University of Queensland. In 2014, she received a Fulbright scholarship to further her interest in the neuroplasticity of pain in the USA and was awarded a QLD Young Tall Poppy Science Award. In 2018 she moved to NeuRA where she leads a program of research that seeks to understand why some people recover after an episode of musculoskeletal pain while others develop long-lasting, disabling pain. She is the 2020 Ulf Lindblom Award Recipient for an outstanding young clinical investigator in the field of pain.

Research interests include the discovery of biomarkers that can predict who will develop chronic pain – even before pain begins, investigation of the neurobiological mechanisms that underpin the transition from acute to chronic pain and the development and testing of non-invasive brain stimulation treatments for chronic pain. She is also passionate about improving the translation of research evidence into clinical practice. Follow Siobhan’s work on Google Scholar.

Siobhan is deputy lead of the low back pain working group of the SPHERE musculoskeletal clinical academic group, a nominated member of the Global Young Academy and is one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM.


2023 Apr

Human assumed central sensitization in people with acute non‐specific low back pain: A cross‐sectional study of the association with brain‐derived neurotrophic factor, clinical, psychological and demographic factors

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2022 Oct

The Effect of Acute and Sustained Pain on Corticomotor Excitability: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Group and Individual Level Data

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2022 Jul

Interhemispheric Inhibition Between Primary Sensory Cortices is not Influenced by Acute Muscle Pain

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2022 Jul

It’s safe to move! A protocol for a randomised controlled trial investigating the effect of a video designed to increase people’s confidence becoming more active despite back pain

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2022 Mar

Low Somatosensory Cortex Excitability in the Acute Stage of Low Back Pain Causes Chronic Pain

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2021, 18 Jul

Cortical function and sensorimotor plasticity predict future low back pain after an acute episode: the UPWaRD prospective cohort study

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2021, 26 Apr

Aberrant plasticity in musculoskeletal pain: a failure of homeostatic control?

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2021, 20 Mar

Low somatosensory cortex excitability in the acute stage of low back pain causes chronic pain

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2020, 07 Aug

Corticomotor reorganization during short‐term visuomotor training in the lower back: A randomized controlled study

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2020 Jul

Implementation of a community-based, physiotherapy-led, multidisciplinary model of care for the management of knee osteoarthritis: protocol for a feasibility study

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