Joshua Burns is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Health Sciences, Director of the Paediatric Gait Analysis Service of NSW and Head of Clinical Research at the Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
Associate Professor Burns combines research and clinical training in Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Neurology. During 2000 he received a 1st Class Honours Degree with the University Medal for Podiatry. His Honours research established risk factors for lower limb injury in amateur to elite triathletes. During 2006 he received a PhD in Physiotherapy. His thesis established assessment and treatment methods for foot problems of adults with nerve and muscle disorders. During 2009 he completed a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the field of Neurology evaluating therapies for children with nerve and muscle diseases such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. During this time he received the Young Tall Poppy Science Award for excellence in Podiatry and Paediatric Neurology in 2008 and was awarded the National Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship for 2009 to work in the USA. In 2011, Associate Professor Burns was awarded a 4-year NHMRC Career Development Fellowship to improve the measurement and management of children and adults with nerve and muscle disorders at The University of Sydney.
Associate Professor Burns has led seven randomised controlled trials and conducted six systematic reviews. In these trials he has evaluated diverse interventions such as orthoses, footwear, stretching, strengthening, ascorbic acid and botulinum toxin. He is an editor of the Cochrane Collaboration, and regularly reviews for 30 journals and international granting bodies.