Dr David Klyne

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
d.klyne@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54569

Overview

David M. Klyne PhD, MSc (MolBiol), DPhty, BAppSc) is a NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and Fulbright Scholar within the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. There he leads an international team that probe the bio-psycho-social mechanisms that underlie physiological and pathological pain. His niche is in understanding the neuro-immune pathways involved and how they can be targeted with interventions using a blend of basic and clinical sciences and his skills and knowledge gained through his four degrees – neuro-immunology (PhD), molecular biology (Master), physiotherapy (Doctorate) and applied sciences (Bachelor).

David has received numerous national and international research awards that span basic and clinical sciences. These include the premier international award for spine research (ISSLS Prize) on two occasions – in Basic Science (2019) and Clinical Science (2018). In 2019, he was awarded a postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship to continue his work elucidating the role of sleep in chronic pain at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (Temple University), in the USA. He was also one of ten Australian scientists to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2019 and again in 2023, and has received more than $100K in research prize money and $15 million in research funding.

Research Interests

  • Acute to chronic pain
  • Neuro-immunology
  • Sleep
  • Chronic pain prevention and rehabilitation

Research Impacts

Klyne's research has attracted 15M ($6M as CIA/PI) from local, national and international funding bodies, been adopted by the world’s leading forum on pain (IASP) in the form of an online Fact Sheet (2021; >50K online visits), informed clinical guidelines and policies relating to the management of pain (e.g., American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists), and formed the basis of a chapter in one of the world’s leading physiotherapy textbooks – Grieve's (2024). His reputation is exemplified by his >40 national/international presentations (>20 funded invited and/or Keynote) and invitations to provide expertise on global matters such as at the 2019 Opioid Epidemic Consortium in Kentucky, USA. The significance of Klyne's program of research to the broader public is evidenced by features in the media, including 9 News Australia (interview), the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Academy of Science. In 2021, 9 News released a mini-documentary about Klyne's workon sleep and pain, which ranked in the top 5 stories nationally on NineMSN. From this program of work, Klyne is consitently ranked in the top 1% of experts globally in back pain (Expertscape).

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Physiotherapy Studies, Bond University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • We are seeking PhD students with a background in biomedical and/or rehabilitative sciences to join our team to contribute to a body of work that aims to identify if and how sleep influences pain. Projects will involve the measurement and analysis of sleep in the “real world” to understand how daily variations in sleep – one of the most important, yet modifiable health behaviors – drive the day-to-day “waxing and waning” of back pain. The work will involve a multidisciplinary team to address this challenging issue.

    Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with first or second class division 1 Honours in biomedical science, physiotherapy or a related discipline; eligibility for admission to the PhD program at The University of Queensland; knowledge of pain physiology; experience with statistical programs for data analysis; excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • We are seeking PhD students with a background in biomedical and/or rehabilitative sciences to join our team to contribute to a body of work that aims to identify if and how sleep influences pain. Projects will involve the measurement and analysis of sleep in the “real world” to understand how daily variations in sleep – one of the most important, yet modifiable health behaviors – drive the day-to-day “waxing and waning” of back pain. The work will involve a multidisciplinary team to address this challenging issue.

    Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with first or second class division 1 Honours in biomedical science, physiotherapy or a related discipline; eligibility for admission to the PhD program at The University of Queensland; knowledge of pain physiology; experience with statistical programs for data analysis; excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English.