WABRC Team

The leadership team established WABRC in 2016 and continue to manage and build collaborations and collaborative projects in order to promote improved bone health.

Dr Nicolas Hart
Senior Research Fellow

His research focuses on exercise for advanced cancer patients with bone metastases; and musculoskeletal health of cancer patients and survivors. He also conducts research and consults to elite sports teams to screen, prevent and remediate stress fractures in athletes.

He is a co-founder of the WABRC, and the research lead for the collaboration.

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Clinical Prof Aris Siafarikas
Paediatric Endocrinologist

He specialises in bone metabolism working at Perth Children’s Hospital and holds adjunct positions with University of Western Australia, The University of Notre Dame Australia and Edith Cowan University.

He is a co-founder of the WABRC, and the clinical lead for the collaboration.

Profile @UWA @ECU @UNDA

Dr Paola Chivers
Senior Research Fellow

Her research focus centres on Developmental Coordination Disorder and the subsequent reduction in health outcomes for these individuals . Dr Chivers provides biostatistician consultancy and conducts research methods and statistical workshops.

She is a co-founder of the WABRC, and the academic / operations lead for the collaboration.

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Dr Timo Rantalainen
Senior Research Fellow

Based at the University of Jyväskylä with expertise in neuromuscular and skeletal systems, specifically skeletal adaptation to mechanical loading and neural control of muscles. Dr Rantalainen’s research interests include the effect of loading on bone geometry, neuromuscular function of muscle, muscle and bone adaptations with age, and the measurement of bone geometry using peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT).

He is a co-founder of the WABRC, and the international lead for the collaboration.

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The WABRC consists of an extended group of members, affiliates and higher degree research students.

Members and affiliates are engaged across a range of projects and include:

    • Dr Marc Sim, Edith Cowan University: Staff Profile
    • Prof Belinda Beck, Griffith University: Staff Profile
    • Dr Jodie Cochrane Wilkie, Edith Cowan University: Staff Profile
    • Prof Beth Hands, The University of Notre Dame Australia: Staff Profile
    • Clinical Prof Richard Prince, University of Western Australia: Staff Profile
    • A/Prof Fleur McIntyre, Consultant
    • A/Prof Benjamin Weeks, Griffith University: Staff Profile

Current higher degree research students include:

    • Ms Jocelyn Tan, The University of Notre Dame Australia (PhD)
    • Dr Kiranjit Joshi, University of Western Australia (Phd)
    • Mr Abdullah Altaf, University of Western Australia (MD)

Graduated WABRC students include: