Professor of Physiotherapy and Director of the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute
Professor Peter McNair’s work is focused on biomechanics of lower limb pathologies, particularly joint injuries and osteoarthritis, where he has a specific interest in exercise rehabilitation, and the extensibility of the soft tissues such as muscle and tendon. His research has been published extensively with over 130 refereed papers and book chapters.
Peter established the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute in 1998, which fosters collaborative health and rehabilitation research into prevention restoration and adaption associated with illness and injury. The institute undertakes innovative research that integrates the physical and psychosocial dimensions of rehabilitationwith the goal of enhancing activities of daily living, work and sports - particularly in patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.
Currently Peter is co-editing the book “Chronic clinical conditions of the Foot and Lower Leg” to be published in 2013. This highlights the impact of conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, and Cerebral Palsy on peoples’ ability to function effectively in their daily lives.
Peter is the Chair of the Research Committee of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy and is an expert advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner. He also has Editorial and Advisory Board roles on five international journals in areas related to biomechanics and rehabilitation. Over the past five years, Peter has been a member of five research teams that have received international awards for their work.
Peter completed his PhD in Biomechanics at the University of Western Australia.
Professor McNair's extended academic profile