Professor David Baxter is the Director of Ageing Well National Science Challenge and the Dean of the Graduate Research School at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
David previously led the University’s School of Physiotherapy as Dean (2005-2015) and was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences. He is the former Director of New Zealand’s National Science Challenge for Ageing Well, and Co-Director of the New Zealand-China Research Collaborating Centre. David is a Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, and Ulster University (UK), where he completed his undergraduate and doctoral training; he also holds an MBA from the Institute of Education at University College London.
David’s research expertise encompasses laser medicine, musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain; physical activity and health; men’s health; and complementary and alternative medicine. His current research projects include an evaluation of photobiomodulation for breast cancer-related lymphoedema, health and wellbeing in older men, and ageing well with chronic pain.
Professor Baxter has authored or co-authored over 270 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to various textbooks including DeLisa’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the Editor in Chief of Physical Therapy Reviews, and a member of the Editorial Boards of several other international peer-reviewed journals. He has presented multiple platform or poster presentations and educational workshops at national and international meetings.
David has been recognised for his research as a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, the International Academy of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He received a Presidential citation from ASLMS in 2015, and the Society’s Horace Furumoto Award for research in 2018. David is also an honorary life member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.