Dr Ross Clark

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Research areas

  • clinical outcome measurement and registry creation
  • hardware and software design for physical function assessment
  • clinical trials and patient tracking
  • clinical biomechanics, gait and balance assessment
  • working with clinicians to improve the way they assess and monitor their patients

Profile

Dr Ross Clark is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) R.D. Wright Biomedical Fellow (2015-2018) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and an Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne. He completed his undergraduate and PhD degrees at Central Queensland University, and undertook a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Melbourne.

His research focuses on working with clinicians to improve the way they assess and treat their patients by creating custom hardware, software, web-based systems and smartphone apps that are usable in clinical settings. He has created a range of systems that have been used in hospitals throughout Australia and the world, including tools for assessing gait, balance and strength in Singapore General Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center and Cincinnati Childrens Hospital. He also has a background in elite sport, having created systems used by professional rugby league and AFL teams in Australia and worked as the international product tester for ASICS Oceania sports apparel.

He has published over 115 journal articles in a range of fields, including clinical populations such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, joint surgery, cancer, emphysema, Parkinson’s disease and children born very pre-term. He has also supervised over 15 Masters by Research or PhD and 25 Research Honours students. More information about his research and the people he works with are available at his website - www.rehabtools.org

Awards

  • 2014 International Society for Posture and Gait Research – Promising Young Scientist
  • 2013 VESKI Victoria Fellow – Life Science

Research Grants

2015-2019: Ross Clark. NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. A$420,000. Bridging the gap between the research laboratory and clinical setting

2016-2020: Gavin Williams, Meg Morris, Louise Ada, Adam Bryant, John Olver, Ross Clark, Leanne Hassett. NHMRC Project Grant. A$661,430. Improving mobility after traumatic brain injury with ballistic strength training.

2016-2020: Alicia Spittle, Peter Anderson, Lex Doyle, Jennifer McGinley, Ross Clark, Deanne Thompson, Katherine Lee, Jeanie Cheong. NHMRC Project Grant. A$687,068. Motor trajectories of children born <30 weeks' gestation from birth to 5 years: early predictors and functional implications.

2015-2017: Linda Denehy, Sanchia Aranda, Christine McDonald, Meinir Krishnasamy, Louis Irving, Linda Mileshkin, Ross Clark. NHMRC Project Grant. A$560,918. Project Grant - Benefits of home-based rehabilitation in lung cancer.

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