The Biomechanics & Spine Research Group (BSRG) began in 2002 as the Paediatric Spine Research Group.  The collaborative research group was founded by Dr Geoffrey Askin and Professor Mark Pearcy who had the vision to bring together engineers and orthopaedic surgeons to study the biomechanics and surgical correction of paediatric spinal deformity. Under the fifteen year leadership of Associate Professor Clayton Adam the group performed high quality research into the prevention and management of spinal disorders, with an emphasis on directly impacting the clinical management of spinal deformities such as scoliosis. Our close collaboration with the Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeons at Qld Children’s Hospital (and formerly at the Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane) allowed us to apply our collective skills to real world scenarios and ensured our research activity was driven by clinical needs.

In 2017 under the leadership of Professor Peter Pivonka, our name changed to the BSRG to encompass the range of biomechanics, bone and spinal research to be conducted by the staff and students in the group.

First day of PSRG at Mater Hospital office in December 2002 for Professor Mark Pearcy, Maree Izatt and Associate Professor Clayton Adam
QUT Adjunct Professor Geoff Askin,(left) and Associate Professor Clayton Adam (right) with our guest Shuang (centre, a scoliosis sufferer) at the Media Launch of the Paediatric Spine Research Group in March 2003
Maree Izatt and Associate Professor Clayton Adam speaking on the Toowomba Train Platform during the Queensland tour of the QUT Smart Train in 2008.
The PSRG Team at the Adelaide Spine Symposium in 2015 – Dr Caroline Grant, A/Prof Clayton Adam, Prof Mark Pearcy, Maree Izatt and Dr Paige Little.


The newly structured Biomechanics and Spine Research Group attending the International Society of Biomechanics Meeting in Brisbane: Dr Paige Little, Prof Peter Pivonka, Maree Izatt, Dr Caroline Grant, Emeritus Prof Mark Pearcy.