Researcher biography

David M. Klyne PhD, MSc (MolBiol), DPhty, BAppSc) is a NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and Fulbright Scholar within the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. There he leads an international team that probe the bio-psycho-social mechanisms that underlie physiological and pathological pain. His niche is in understanding the neuro-immune pathways involved and how they can be targeted with interventions using a blend of basic and clinical sciences and his skills and knowledge gained through his four degrees – neuro-immunology (PhD), molecular biology (Master), physiotherapy (Doctorate) and applied sciences (Bachelor).

David has received numerous national and international research awards that span basic and clinical sciences. These include the premier international award for spine research (ISSLS Prize) on two occasions – in Basic Science (2019) and Clinical Science (2018). In 2019, he was awarded a postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship to continue his work elucidating the role of sleep in chronic pain at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (Temple University), in the USA. He was also one of ten Australian scientists to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 2019 and again in 2023, and has received more than $100K in research prize money and $15 million in research funding.