Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Peter Micalos

 Peter Micalos

Peter has over 12 years experience in academia and in health including working at the University of Sydney, the Northern Sydney Area Health Service, and at CSU. He has teacher education training and his teaching style is centered on applying ways in which to offer the learner a variety of sensory, social, and individualised learning contexts in order to enhance the learning experience. Peter has worked in cardiology and in outpatient clinics within the hospital context.

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Professional Activities

During his employment at CSU, Peter has sought to enhance his professional development through engaging in seminars in the First Year Experience, Small and Competitive grants, and Using Learning Technologies in building Frameworks. Other professional activities include being an academic journal manuscript reviewer for Brain Research, and the Chinese Journal of Physiology.

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Teaching

Peter has delivered university undergraduate subjects in first, second, and third year, and has supervised research based Honours projects. His rationale on teaching is that everyone learns differently. We have several ways in which information is processed by our sensory, perceptual, and intellectual systems. Hence it is important to apply ways in which to offer the learner a variety of sensory, social, and individualised learning contexts in order to enhance the learning experience. Using contemporary technologies and an array of delivery styles, a variety of auditory, proprioceptive, visual, interactive, and practical learning experiences can enhance the learning process in order to meet individual needs for today and the future.

Additionally, Peter's teaching emphasis is placed on promoting critical reason aided by observation and experimentation. This recognises the need to study nature systematically, using logical processes in thought, and deriving reason through a rigorous study of particulars. This approach has been the process of scientific reasoning and the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom of which Peter looks to impart to learners in subjects within the sciences. On this basis, a learner can begin to exercise analytical, reflective, and critical judgement and to appreciate learning as a lifelong, enriching process.

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Research

In order to gather and analyse data on pain and pain-related events, Peter has employed measurement procedures such as the nociceptive withdrawal reflex, sensory perceptual ratings, somatosensory cortical evoked potentials, and functional magnetic resonance imaging. During these procedures, Peter has collaborated with the Department of Radiology at Westmead Hospital, Brain Dynamics Centre, School of Psychology at CSU, and the Centre for Sensory Motor Research at the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

Peter is currently collaborating in research projects involving acupuncture with the University of Technology, Sydney and on motor pathway output on nociceptive reflexes with the School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health at CSU.

Presentations
Year Organisation Topic
2011 Seminar, School of Psychology, CSU Functional brain imaging in chronic pain disorder
2011 Presentation, Central West Physiotherapy group Effects of aerobic exercise rehabilitation for persons with chronic pain disorder
2011 3rd Place Research Focus Award: Cromer, M.,Escalona,A., Mayuresh Korgaonkar, M., and Micalos, P.S.. SMRT 20th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada The Use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Evaluation of Fibromyalgia.
2011 Community Presentation for Bathurst Running Inc, at CSU Nutrition strategies and exercise performance
2011 Workshop, Western Region Academy of Sport, at CSU Human Anatomy & Biomechanics
2010 Presentation, CSU Faculty of Education Research Forum Effects of acupuncture on experimental pain parameters
2009 Seminar, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, CSU Pain, Exercise, and Philosophy
2006 Seminar, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, Charles Sturt University Effects of exercise on pain thresholds
2004 Podium Presentation, Australian Sports Medicine Conference The electromyographical output during repeated isometric exercise
2002 Poster Presentation, Australian Sports Medicine Conference 'Effect of Short Sleep Nap on exercise performance parameters'
2001 Poster Presentation, Australian Sports Medicine Conference The electromyographical output associated with strength and aging
2000 Poster Presentation, American College of Sports Medicine conference Pain inhibition and exercise
2000 Seminar, Human Movement studies Unit Pain theories
1999 Poster Presentation, American College of Sports Medicine conference Ammonia and lactate responses to isokinetic arm and leg exercise
1998 Research Colloquium, CSU School of Teacher Education Research Colloquium School/Unit Seminar presentation on Testing anaerobic power

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Research Presentations

Year

Organisation

Topic

2014

Australian Sports Medicine conference, podium presentation

Efficacy of perceptually-mediated aerobic exercise rehabilitation for treatment of chronic pain: a pilot study

2013

School of Biomedical Sciences Research presentation, CSU

Exercise induced pain inhibition: Fact or artefact

2013

Symposium presentation: The 3rd Biennial Symposium on The Future of Fatigue – A Broad Concept

Pain and neurosensory modulation following aerobic exercise

2012

Presentation to the School Research Panel, School of Biomedical Sciences, CSU Bathurst,

Teaching-research nexus: The relationship between teaching and research

2012

Poster presentation, International Symposium on Acupuncture and Meridian Studies

Micalos, P.S.,  Zaslawski, C.J., Berle, C.,  Pak, S. C.

Methodology for assessing the effect of needle acupuncture compared to laser treatment on delayed onset muscle soreness: A proposed double-blind randomised controlled pilot study.

2012

CSU Bathurst half marathon, community seminar

The effects of dietary fat intake on exercise performance

2011

Pak SC, Micalos P. 20-22 May 2011. Australasian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Annual Conference, Perth, WA

Non-effect of manual needle acupuncture on experimental pain parameters in healthy young men.

2011

Seminar, School of Psychology, CSU

Functional brain imaging in chronic pain disorder

2011

Presentation, Central West Physiotherapy group

Effects of aerobic exercise rehabilitation for persons with chronic pain disorder

2011

3rd Place Research Focus Award: Cromer, M.,Escalona,A., Mayuresh Korgaonkar, M., and Micalos, P.S.. SMRT 20th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada

The use of functional magnetic resonance Imaging in evaluation of Fibromyalgia.

2011

Community Presentation for Bathurst Running Inc, CSU, Bathurst

Nutrition strategies and exercise performance

2011

Workshop, Western Region Academy of Sport (Coach he Coach), at CSU

Human Anatomy & Biomechanics

2010

Presentation, CSU Faculty of Education Research Forum, CSU Wagga Wagga

Effects of acupuncture on experimental pain parameters

2009

Seminar, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, CSU, Bathurst

Pain, Exercise, and Philosophy

2006

Seminar, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, CSU, Bathurst

Effects of exercise on pain threshold

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