Scott FarrellDr Scott Farrell is a Research Fellow at the RECOVER Injury Research Centre. He has a clinical background as a physiotherapist, with a research focus on using basic science and clinical methods to explore the mechanisms underpinning chronic neck pain, particularly after whiplash injuries.

Current research

  • Investigation of small sensory nerve fibre degeneration and dysfunction in chronic whiplash, using skin biopsies and quantitative sensory testing.
  • Assessment of radiologic evidence of injury in symptomatic spinal joints in chronic whiplash (supported by a UQ Early Career Researcher grant).
  • Use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to examine nervous system biochemistry in chronic whiplash.
  • Exploring systemic inflammatory processes in people with neck pain.
  • Part of the team for the Pregabalin for Acute Whiplash randomised controlled trial.

Career highlights

  • PhD from The University of Newcastle (2016).
  • Awarded a UQ Early Career Researcher grant (2019).
  • Research awards include Best Paper Early Career Researcher (Musculoskeletal) at Australian Physiotherapy Association conference, 2017; Best Poster Early Career Researcher Brisbane Pain Symposium, 2018. 
  • Collaborations with University of Oxford, Australian National University, University of Otago, The University of Newcastle, and Griffith University.
  • Conference presentations in Geneva, London, Glasgow, Beijing, Auckland and throughout Australia.