Flavia Cicuttini


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1988 …2024
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Professor Flavia Cicuttini is the Head of the Musculoskeletal Unit, Monash University and Head of Rheumatology, Alfred Hospital. She graduated in Medicine from Monash University in 1982, completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1993, and then a MSc (Epidemiology) at University of London in 1995, and DLSHTM at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1996. She holds specialist medical fellowships from the College of Physicians (Rheumatology) and Faculty of Public Health. Her principle research interests are the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, in particularly osteoarthritis. Professor Cicuttini has made major contributions to the management of osteoarthritis, validating the method now used internationally in clinical trials of osteoarthritis. This method has facilitated her epidemiological studies that have resulted in new knowledge on the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis which has underpinned a program of clinical trials testing novel treatment for osteoarthritis. She has published 526 peer-reviewed manuscripts and supervised 18 doctoral students to completion. She sits on the board of Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) and is currently on the editorial board of a number of journals including Arthritis Research & Therapy and Medical Journal of Australia. She has been on the scientific organising committee for many international conferences and given numerous invited presentations. She currently serves on the Repatriation Medical Authority.

In 2019 she was elected to the Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in recognition for her work. She was awarded the 2015 Australian Rheumatology Association President’s award for collaborative research and the 2010 Australian Rheumatology Association Parr prize for best research in the previous 3 years.

December 2019 update:

The Altmetric top 100 globally (17 Dec 2019): Flavia's senior authorsed BMJ paper (BMJ. 2019 Jan 30;364:l42) was the 50th most discussed scientific report (of 2.7 million papers) globally of any field in 2019 (https://www.altmetric.com/top100/2019/). 

Best of JAMA Network 2019. JAMA Most Viewed Articles. Her senior author paper informed the debate in the second of the most viewed articles (web address): Does Skipping Breakfast Lead to Weight Loss or Weight Gain? JAMA | Medical News & Perspectives | May 1, 2019.

Research area keywords

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Low Back Pain
  • Clinical trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Joint replacement

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Projects 2000 2024

Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Disease (CRE WaND): Prevention and Detection

Mishra, G., Hickey, M., Dobson, A. J., Gannon, B., Doust, J., Fisher, J., Cicuttini, F., Huxley, R., Tooth, L. & Brown, H.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

ANZMUSC: Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network

Buchbinder, R., Maher, C., March, L., Day, R. O., Hinman, R., Harris, I. A., Ferreira, M., Glaziou, P., Green, S., Billot, L., Latimer, J., Whittle, S. L., Cicuttini, F., Hill, C. L., Lin, C., Taylor, W., Hunter, D., Harris, A., Winzenberg, T. M. & McAuley, J.


Project: Research

Research Output 1988 2020

Correspondence: Reply to Hopayian

Lim, Y. Z., Chou, L., Au, R. TM., Seneviwickrama, KL. M. D., Cicuttini, F. M., Briggs, A. M., Sullivan, K., Urquhart, D. M. & Wluka, A. E., 2020, In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 66, 1, p. 65-65 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterOther

Open Access

Identifying subgroups of community-dwelling older adults and their prospective associations with long-term knee osteoarthritis outcomes

Munugoda, I. P., Pan, F., Wills, K., Mattap, S. M., Cicuttini, F., Graves, S. E., Lorimer, M., Jones, G., Callisaya, M. L. & Aitken, D., 8 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Rheumatology. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Ambulatory activity interacts with common risk factors for osteoarthritis to modify increases in MRI-detected osteophytes

Zhu, Z., Aitken, D., Cicuttini, F., Jones, G. & Ding, C., Apr 2019, In : Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 27, 4, p. 650-658 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Antiphospholipid syndrome: a clinical review

Mezhov, V., Segan, J. D., Tran, H. & Cicuttini, F. M., Aug 2019, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 211, 4, p. 184-188 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Association between metformin use and disease progression in obese people with knee osteoarthritis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative - A prospective cohort study

Wang, Y., Hussain, S. M., Wluka, A. E., Lim, Y. Z., Abram, F., Pelletier, J. P., Martel-Pelletier, J. & Cicuttini, F. M., 24 May 2019, In : Arthritis Research and Therapy. 21, 1, 6 p., 127.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 1989 2019

Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress in conjunction with the Australian Rheumatology Association

Flavia Cicuttini (Organiser)
8 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

World Congress on Controversies, Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases 2018

Flavia Cicuttini (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Club Melbourne Fellowship Judging

Flavia Cicuttini (Fellow)

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

World Congress on Controversies, Debates & Consensus in Bone, Muscle & Joint Diseases 2017

Flavia Cicuttini (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference