2022 - Year in Review

The Kolling announces new academic director

Professor Jim Elliott has been appointed the Kolling Institute’s Academic Director. Jim has had a successful research career over more than 20 years. He is recognised as a global expert in neck pain and whiplash injuries and leads large scale, multicentre projects involving collaborators from across the globe. During the period as the Kolling’s acting executive director in 2021, Jim led the development of the institute’s new research plan and provided key leadership for the research team. He helped to steer the Kolling during an important time for the institute, and strengthened its position as a centre for world-leading translational research.

As a Professor of Allied Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney and NSLHD, Jim is highly respected across the national and international research community. He has directly improved health practices around neck pain, broadened our understanding of whiplash injuries and adopted cutting-edge technology to progress research in the complex fields of trauma and pain. Jim is also an adjunct Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and Principal Investigator at the Neuromuscular Imaging Research Laboratory.

Jim will continue in his role as Academic Director for the Northern Precinct, alongside fellow Academic Directors Associate Professor Margaret Schnitzler and Professor Robyn Gallagher. He is leading a program of research discovery around the neurophysiological mechanisms for poor functional recovery following acute spinal trauma. With an international team of collaborators, he is driving this multidisciplinary project. Jim has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in top ranked journals and secured large-scale funding from the National Institutes of Health and the NSW Health Spinal Cord Injury Research program. His expertise has been recognised with a host of awards, including the Catherine Worthingham Fellowship from the American Physical Therapy Association.

Professor Jim Elliott

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