peter O'sullivan

Peter O’Sullivan

Peter O’Sullivan is Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. In addition to his teaching and research at Curtin University, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2005) in Perth, Australia. He is recognised internationally as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in the management of complex musculoskeletal pain disorders.

Wim Dankaerts

Wim Dankaerts

Wim Dankaerts is Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Leuven, Belgium. In addition to his teaching and research at the University of Leuven, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in Tienen, Belgium.

Kjartan Vibe Fersum

Kjartan Vibe Fersum

Kjartan Vibe Fersum is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway. In addition to his teaching and research at the University of Bergen, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in Bergen, Norway.

Kieran O'Sullivan

Kieran O’Sullivan

Kieran O’Sullivan is a lecturer at the University of Limerick, Ireland. In addition to his teaching and research at the University of Limerick, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in Limerick, Ireland.



  • The costs of treating pain have massively increased.
  • The disability, chronicity and impact of pain is getting worse.
  • Some say that current practice is making the problem worse.
  • To inform both the public and health care practitioners about the latest pain research.
  • To dispel common myths about pain and provide hope for change.
To bridge the gap between the science and clinical practice in musculoskeletal pain.
This information on this website does not replace advice from your health care practitioner. The information provided is based on the current best practice evidence. If in doubt, check with your healthcare professional.
The Health Research Board of Ireland is supporting this online platform through their Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Award which aims to maximise the uptake of research findings into policy and/or practice (HPF/2009/27). In addition, the Pain-Ed team use funding obtained from training healthcare professionals in the management of chronic pain to support this site.