Meet the people behind PEDrinho

Since 2015 PEDro has communicated to users via newsletters, blogs, Facebook and Twitter in both English and Portuguese. This September 2020 issue is our 61st newsletter! The Portuguese communication channels are called “PEDrinho”, or “little PEDro” (a term of endearment often used for soccer players). A succession of physiotherapists have made important contributions to producing PEDrinho. In this post we introduce some of the key players.

Bruno Tirotti Saragiotto and Tiê Parma Yamato created PEDrinho when they were working for PEDro while undertaking their doctoral studies at The University of Sydney. Upon receiving their PhD awards in 2017, Bruno and Tiê returned to Brazil and took up important teaching and research positions at the Universidade Cidade de São Paulo (UNICID) in Brazil. The focus of Bruno’s work is telehealth for people with chronic pain. Tiê is supported by the Sao Paulo Research Foundation and holds a fellowship to investigate musculoskeletal pain in children and adolescents.

Bruno and Tiê passed custodianship of PEDrinho onto Giovanni Ferreira. Giovanni was working for PEDro while researching how back pain is treated in primary care and in emergency departments for his PhD at The University of Sydney. With his PhD under examination, Giovanni is leaving PEDro to take on a post-doctoral fellowship in ANZBACK, the Australia and New Zealand low back pain research network.

We are now excited to introduce Mariana Leite and Junior Vitorino Fandim, who have volunteered to coordinate and write for PEDrinho from September 2020. Mariana and Junior are both PhD scholars in the Universidade Cidade de São Paulo (UNICID) in Brazil. While Mariana is new to the PEDro team, Junior has already had a long association with PEDro as a volunteer rater (over the past 5 years he has rated over 200 trials). We look forward to working with them both.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us locate and rate trials, reviews and guidelines. If you think you might like to assist in this way, please contact us. You can be a volunteer from anywhere in the world.

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