Position Title: Professor, NHMRC Investigator Fellow, Principal Research Fellow
Organisation: Kolling Institute, The University of Sydney
Expertise/How are they recognised: Professor Ferreira is Principal Research Fellow and NHMRC Investigator Fellow at the Kolling Institute, School of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney. She holds an NHMRC Investigator Fellowship and leads the clinical back pain research theme at The Kolling Institute, where she conducts research on the mechanisms, prognosis and management of back pain. She also co-chairs the Musculoskeletal Priority Research Area of the Kolling Institute. With +270 scientific publications, and +AUD25M in research funding, she is the 2nd highest ranked researcher in the world for ‘low back pain’ (of a total of 33,000 authors worldwide – Expertscape). She currently leads multiple randomised controlled trials of musculoskeletal interventions, including the first placebo randomised controlled trial of spinal surgery, an NHMRC-funded study that will establish the efficacy of decompressive surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis.