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.