Back pain at the Local

The Blue Mountains-based Science at the Local talks series resumed its online program on 25 October, with a talk by Dr Charles Cranfield on the science of cell membranes, subtitled “The walls between us”. Next up on 15 November at 2:30pm is Professor Steven Kamper on the topic: “Pain in the backpack: musculoskeletal pain in children”.

Both speakers are Lower Mountains locals, with Professor Kamper based partly at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Dr Cranfield fulfilling the role of treasurer for Springwood High School P&C.

“As the name suggests, Science at the Local is about bring local communities together around science,” said co-founder Kevin Joseph. “So it’s been rough this year not being able to come together like we usually do. But it’s terrific that we’ve got two locals speaking our webinar series.”

Dr Cranfield is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at UTS. He is interested in the biophysics of cell membranes, lipid-antimicrobial peptide interactions and the creation of new membrane-based devices for the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease and acute pancreatitis. Dr Cranfield was previously at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute along with stints in England, Ireland and Germany.

Professor Kamper is a physiotherapist and clinical researcher supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with over 160 publications. He is currently Professor of Allied Health at University of Sydney, supporting and increasing research activity among healthcare professionals across the Nepean Blue Mountains district. His main research interest is in chronic pain, in particular empowering people through improving understanding of their pain.

November speaker Professor Kamper is a physiotherapist and clinical researcher.

“We’ve still got a couple more events planned, plus we’ve recently done a couple of great podcasts with a public health scientist and an ethnolinguist,” co-founder Hamish Clarke said.

November event details

What: Pain in the backpack: musculoskeletal pain in children.
When: 2.30 pm, Sunday 15 November 2020.

Cost: FREE.

Register to attend and find out more at

Science at the Local is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.