Adventist lecturer featured in famous journal

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Wahroonga, New South Wales

A front-page article on the Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) website has described an Australian Adventist educator as the world’s “most-published authority” on stitches.

It is kind of exciting to be considered the world expert, even if it is about a pain in the side!

The health feature, published online on Sunday in the lead up to the New York City marathon, discusses the “medical mystery” of stitches, with Avondale College senior lecturer Dr Darren Morton’s research serving as the main contributor to the conversation.

“A senior editor from the WSJ contacted me following a Google search on the stitch, and my name and research kept coming up,” said Dr Morton, who holds a doctorate in human physiology. “He had been frustrated by his sports medical contacts that seemed to know nothing about the condition.” 

Stitches have garnered very little attention from the scientific and medical community. According to the article, clinicians historically have been more concerned about what alleviates a stitch instead of working out its cause.

This lack of information prompted a then 20-something Dr Morton to begin his research. The education and science lecturer and health presenter has since authored eight key studies on stitches—a remarkable achievement as only 14 in-depth studies—including Dr Morton’s—have been published in the past 100 years.

Dr Morton is also credited for the renaming of the “stitch” to its accepted scientific term, “exercise-related transient abdominal pain” (ETAP).

While having his work published is nothing new to Dr Morton, he admitted it was “really nice” to have his research acknowledged in a public forum like the Wall Street Journal.

“It is kind of exciting to be considered the world expert, even if it is about a pain in the side!” said Dr Morton. “I have already received many international emails from people commenting on the article. That kind of exposure is priceless.”

To see the WSJ article, click HERE.