Researcher

Dr Saurab Sharma

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Pain

Biography

Dr Saurab Sharma is an IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain) John J. Bonica Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying pain conditions.  He completed his PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand which was marked as a thesis of exceptional quality. He also received the University of Otago Emerging Pain Researcher Award in 2021. He has published >55 peer-reviewed papers and has received more than Australian $ 400,000 worth of...view more

Dr Saurab Sharma is an IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain) John J. Bonica Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying pain conditions.  He completed his PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand which was marked as a thesis of exceptional quality. He also received the University of Otago Emerging Pain Researcher Award in 2021. He has published >55 peer-reviewed papers and has received more than Australian $ 400,000 worth of research grants. He is one of the Commissioners for the Lancet Commission on Osteoarthritis. He has also contributed to two World Health Organisation (WHO) initiatives and two book chapters on pain and osteoarthritis. He is also an active member of three IASP committees. He has presented invited talks at premier conferences including World Pain Congress, World Physiotherapy Congress and Osteoarthritis Research Society International Conference. 

Dr Sharma aims to improve the lives of people living with pain and other long-term conditions by developing interventions that are culturally appropriate, inexpensive, effective and safe. His current research focuses on understanding the role of culture in chronic pain, developing global strategies to improve musculoskeletal health, developing and testing interventions for complex pain conditions, and developing interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and low-resourced settings/countries. 

Dr Sharma is currently leading a consortium for low back pain in low- and middle-income countries (learn more, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35536248/)


My Grants

2021                         Co-Investigator, Research Grant from the International Association for the Study of Pain to develop pain education resources and train physiotherapists on pain in Nepal, July 2021 [funding: US$ 9900]

2020 - 2022              Fellowship, John J. Bonica Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), 31st July, 2020 [funding: US$ 100,000]

2020                         University of Otago Publishing Bursary, February – April 2020 [funding: NZ$ 6750]

2019                         Grant, Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Travel Grant to attend Back and Neck Pain Forum to present a paper, 3 – 6 July 2019 [NZ$ 1000 toward travel support and registration]

2019                         Scholarship, North American Pain School (NAPS) Scholarship to attend Pain Training in Montebello, Quebec, Canada; 23 – 28 June 2019 [Can$ 1500]

2018 – 2020             Research Grant(s), Global Challenge Research Funds (x2) from the University of Dundee to collaborate on chronic pain and neuropathic pain research in Nepal [GBP 21,500]

2019                         Travel grant from Pain, Mind, and Movement Special Interest Group of International Association for the Study of Pain to attend and present at Pain Science in Motion Conference on 1 – 2 June 2019, in Savona, Italy [US$ 1000]

2019                         Grant, Pain@Otago (Pain Research theme of University of Otago) Conference travel grant, 7th March 2019 [NZ$1000]

2019                         Conference travel grant from University of Otago to present at the World Physiotherapy Conference, 10 – 13 May 2019 [NZ$ 2000]

2018                         Financial award, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) to attend World Pain Congress in Boston, the USA; 12 – 16 September 2018 [US$ 1,600 and registration waiver]

2017                         Bursary, World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) to attend and present papers at World Physical Therapy Congress 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa; 2 – 4 July 2017 [US$ 950 and registration waiver].

2017                         Scholarship, International Federation of Physiotherapy Regulator Authorities (INPTRA) to deliver a talk at INPTRA conference; 30th June and 1st July 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa [US$ 2,500 and registration waiver].

2017 – 2020             The University of Otago Doctoral Research Scholarship to pursue a PhD in Medicine at the Otago Medical School, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand; February 2017 to January 2020 [NZ$ 79,000 in Stipend and NZ$ 29,000 tuition fee scholarship].

2016                         Financial award, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) to attend World Pain Congress in Yokohama, Japan; 26 – 30 September 2016 [US$ 1,000 and registration waiver]

2016                         Bursary, International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT), IFOMPT Congress in Glasgow, Scotland; 4th – 8th July 2016 [GBP 2,000 and registration waiver]

2015 – 2019             Developing Countries Collaborative Research Grant, International Association for Study of Pain (IASP); July 2015 – December 2019 [US$ 15,000].

2014                         Bursary, Developing country stipend for attending Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad, India, September 2014.


My Qualifications

2020           PhD in Medicine (University of Otago, New Zealand)

2013          Master of Physiotherapy, Musculoskeletal (Manipal University, India)


My Awards

2021                         Most Promising Emerging Pain Researcher Award from Pain Research Theme at the University of Otago, New Zealand judged by an independent international review team, 9th November 2021.

2020                         Exceptional PhD thesis award (top 10% theses) titled, “Improving pain assessment, management, and research in low-income countries: An example of Nepal”, at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2015                         First Prize, Poster Presentation at Pain Adelaide Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia, 29 March 2015 [Aus$ 500].


My Research Supervision


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