Dr Claire Jones

Claire Jones
Research Fellow
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Head, Biomechanics Laboratory, Adelaide Spinal Research Group & Centre for Orthopaedics & Trauma Research
NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Centre for Orthopaedics & Trauma Research, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Using a variety of in vitro and in vivo laboratory techniques and medical imaging modalities, Dr Jones studies the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems in normal, diseased and injured states. A better understanding of such biomechanics contributes to improved disease and injury prevention strategies, diagnostic tests and conservative and surgical treatments. Dr Jones' research primarily focuses on orthopaedic and injury biomechanics of the spine and spinal cord, as well as upper and lower limb biomechanics and associated orthopaedic devices. She has expertise in the development of novel large animal and cadaver models for biomechanics research.

The biomechanics laboratory at the ACSR is equipped with an Instron 6-axis material testing machine, Optotrak Certus motion capture system, High speed camera system, National Instruments signal conditioning and data acquisition system, Gaeltec needle pressure transducers, Wacom tablet monitor, digital x-ray and cadaver preparation facilities. Through collaborations within SA Pathology and Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Centre also has access to microCT, DEXA, and clinical imaging facilities, a biaxial materials testing machine and animal facilities.

The laboratory has active collaborations with researchers and clinicians from the Royal Adelaide and Modbury Hospitals, University of Adelaide School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health and Discipline of Orthopaedics & Trauma, UniSA, Flinders University, and the University of British Columbia.

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Dr Claire Jones

Head, Biomechanics Laboratory, Adelaide Spinal Research Group & Centre for Orthopaedics & Trauma Research
NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Centre for Orthopaedics & Trauma Research, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Using a variety of in vitro and in vivo laboratory techniques and medical imaging modalities, Dr Jones studies the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems in normal, diseased and injured states. A better understanding of such biomechanics contributes to improved disease and injury prevention strategies, diagnostic tests and conservative and surgical treatments. Dr Jones' research primarily focuses on orthopaedic and injury biomechanics of the spine and spinal cord, as well as upper and lower limb biomechanics and associated orthopaedic devices. She has expertise in the development of novel large animal and cadaver models for biomechanics research.

The biomechanics laboratory at the ACSR is equipped with an Instron 6-axis material testing machine, Optotrak Certus motion capture system, High speed camera system, National Instruments signal conditioning and data acquisition system, Gaeltec needle pressure transducers, Wacom tablet monitor, digital x-ray and cadaver preparation facilities. Through collaborations within SA Pathology and Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Centre also has access to microCT, DEXA, and clinical imaging facilities, a biaxial materials testing machine and animal facilities.

The laboratory has active collaborations with researchers and clinicians from the Royal Adelaide and Modbury Hospitals, University of Adelaide School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health and Discipline of Orthopaedics & Trauma, UniSA, Flinders University, and the University of British Columbia.

Using a variety of in vitro and in vivo laboratory techniques and medical imaging modalities, Dr Jones studies the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems in normal, diseased and injured states. A better understanding of such biomechanics contributes to improved disease and injury prevention strategies, diagnostic tests and conservative and surgical treatments. Dr Jones' research primarily focuses on orthopaedic and injury biomechanics of the spine and spinal cord, as well as upper and lower limb biomechanics and associated orthopaedic devices. She has expertise in the development of pre-clinical and cadaver models for biomechanics research.  

The biomechanics laboratory of the Adelaide Spinal Research Group (ASRG) and the Centre for Orthopaedic & Trauma Research (COTR) is equipped with an Instron 6-axis material testing machine, Instron 8874 biaxial materials testing machine, Optotrak Certus motion capture system, Olympus high speed camera system, National Instruments signal conditioning and data acquisition system, Gaeltec needle pressure transducers, Wacom tablet monitor, digital x-ray and cadaver preparation facilities. The laboratory also has access to microCT, DEXA, pQCT, clinical imaging facilities, and pre-clinical surgical and imaging facilities.

The laboratory has active collaborations with researchers and clinicians from the Royal Adelaide and Flinders Hospitals, University of Adelaide School of Mechanical Engineering, UniSA, Flinders University, University of Ottawa, and University of British Columbia.

Current areas of research:

  • Dislocation and fracture mechanisms of the cervical and lumbar spine
  • Biomechanics of neurotrauma (spinal cord injury and brain injury)
  • Musculoskeletal modelling for estimating spinal loads
  • Strategies for reducing low back pain associated with every day activities
  • Cadaveric models to investigate spinal cord injury mechanisms
  • Use of medical imaging for quantitative description of spinal injury
  • Neck injury criteria used for crashworthiness testing
  • Spine simulation in paramedic mannequins
  • Spinal immobilisation for first responders
  • Design and testing orthopaedic implants
  • Mechanical behaviour of tissues related to skeletal maturation
  • Surgical strategies for rotator cuff repair
  • Tibial plateau fracture fixation

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 Adjunct Research Fellow South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute
2015 NHMRC Research Fellow University of Adelaide
2013 Affiliate Senior Lecturer, Centre for Orthopaedic & Trauma Research, School of Medicine University of Adelaide
2012 Adjunct Lecturer, School of Mechanical Engineering University of Adelaide
2011 - 2017 Senior Biomedical Engineer, Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research SA Pathology

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2017 Research Award Medtronic Spinal Research Prize (Student: Ryan Quarrington) Spine Society of Australia
2017 Award Travel Award Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide
2017 Award Dependent Travel Award University of Adelaide
2016 Research Award Young Investigator Best Paper Prize (Student: Ryan Quarrington) Australia & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society
2016 Research Award Best Scientific Presentation (Student: Erica Beaucage-Gauvreau) Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research
2015 Award Medtronic Spinal Research Prize, Spine Society of Australia Spine Society of Australia
2014 Award Early Career Research Prize Australian & and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society
2014 Fellowship Early Career Research Fellowship (Biomedical) NHMRC
2014 Award Early Career Research Prize Australian Neurotrauma Symposium
2013 Fellowship Australian Federation of University Women - South Australia Postdoctoral Award Australian Federation of University Women
2012 Award Travel Bursary Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society
2011 Research Award Medtronic Spinal Research Prize Spine Society of Australia 10000
2011 Award ICORD Travel Bursary ICORD, University of British Columbia
2011 Award 2nd Place, Best Podium Presentation International Conference on Spinal Cord Medicine and Rehabilitation (ISCOS)
2010 Award Aaron Moser PhD Poster Prize International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
2010 Award Vinod Modi Endowment Travel Award Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia
2010 Award Rising Star Award Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
2010 Research Award Margaret H. Hines Award (best oral presentation/paper) Ohio Injury Biomechanics Symposium
2009 Award Society for Neuroscience Travel Grant Society for Neuroscience
2009 Research Award Orthopaedics Research Day Graduate Student Award Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia
2008 Teaching Award Killam Graduate Teaching Award University of British Columbia
2008 Research Award Orthopaedics Research Day Graduate Student Award Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia,
2008 - 2009 Fellowship University Graduate Fellowship University of British Columbia,
2006 - 2011 Scholarship International PhD Tuition Award University of British Columbia
2004 - 2005 Scholarship Commonwealth Scholarship Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
2002 Scholarship Clough Engineering Scholarship Clough Engineering Ltd./ University of Western Australia

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2006 - 2011 University of British Columbia Canada PhD
2004 - 2005 University of Leeds United Kingdom MSc
1998 - 2002 University of Western Australia Australia BSc
1998 - 2002 University of Western Australia Australia BE

Research Interests

Ageing, Frailty and Mobility, Musculoskeletal Health, Neuroscience, Behaviour and Brain Health, Surgical and Health Systems Innovation, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Bone and Bones, Brain injury, Mechanical Engineering, Orthopaedics, Spinal cord, Spine

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Quarrington, R., Jones, C., Tcherveniakov, P., Clark, J., Sandler, S., Lee, Y. ... Freeman, B. (2017). Traumatic subaxial cervical facet subluxation and dislocation: Epidemiology, radiographic analyses, and risk factors for spinal cord injury. Spine Journal, -.
10.1016/j.spinee.2017.07.175
2017 Thewlis, D., Fraysse, F., Callary, S., Verghese, V., Jones, C., Findlay, D. ... Solomon, L. (2017). Postoperative weight bearing and patient reported outcomes at one year following tibial plateau fractures. Injury, 48, 7, 1650-1656.
10.1016/j.injury.2017.05.024
2016 Farhoudi, H., Oskouei, R., Pasha Zanoosi, A., Jones, C. & Taylor, M. (2016). An Analytical Calculation of Frictional and Bending Moments at the Head-Neck Interface of Hip Joint Implants during Different Physiological Activities. Materials, 9, 12, 982-982.
10.3390/ma9120982
2016 Freeman, B., Kuliwaba, J., Jones, C., Shu, C., Colloca, C., Zarrinkalam, M. ... Howell, S. (2016). Allogeneic mesenchymal precursor cells promote healing in postero-lateral annular lesions and improve indices of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration in an ovine model. Spine, 41, 17, 1331-1339.
10.1097/BRS.0000000000001528
2015 Farhoudi, H., Oskouei, R., Jones, C. & Taylor, M. (2015). A novel analytical approach for determining the frictional moments and torques acting on modular femoral components in total hip replacements. Journal of Biomechanics, 48, 6, 976-983.
10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.02.010
2015 Van De Pol, G., Iselin, L., Callary, S., Thewlis, D., Jones, C., Atkins, G. & Solomon, L. (2015). Impaction bone grafting has potential as an adjunct to the surgical stabilisation of osteoporotic tibial plateau fractures: early results of a case series. Injury, 46, 6, 1089-1096.
10.1016/j.injury.2015.02.019
2014 Awwad, G., Eng, K., Bain, G., McGuire, D. & Jones, C. (2014). Medial grasping sutures significantly improve load to failure of the rotator cuff suture bridge repair. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 23, 5, 720-728.
10.1016/j.jse.2013.08.004
2013 Jones, C., Lee, J., Burstyn, U., Okon, E., Kwon, B. & Cripton, P. (2013). Cerebrospinal fluid pressures resulting from experimental traumatic spinal cord injuries in a pig model. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 135, 10, 101005-1-101005-10.
10.1115/1.4025100
2013 Lee, J., Jones, C., Okon, E., Anderson, L., Tigchelaar, S., Kooner, P. ... Kwon, B. (2013). A novel porcine model of traumatic thoracic spinal cord injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 30, 3, 142-159.
10.1089/neu.2012.2386
2012 Zhu, Q., Itshayek, E., Jones, C., Schwab, T., Larson, C., Lenke, L. & Cripton, P. (2012). Kinematic evaluation of one- and two-level Maverick lumbar total disc replacement caudal to a long thoracolumbar spinal fusion. European Spine Journal, 21, Suppl. 5, S599-S611.
10.1007/s00586-012-2301-4
2012 Jones, C., Kwon, B. & Cripton, P. (2012). Mechanical indicators of injury severity are decreased with increased thecal sac dimension in a bench-top model of contusion type spinal cord injury. Journal of Biomechanics, 45, 6, 1003-1010.
10.1016/j.jbiomech.2012.01.025
2012 Jones, C., Newell, R., Lee, J., Cripton, P. & Kwon, B. (2012). The pressure distribution of cerebrospinal fluid responds to residual compression and decompression in an animal model of acute spinal cord injury. Spine, 37, 23, E1422-E1431.
10.1097/BRS.0b013e31826ba7cd
2012 Jones, C., Cripton, P. & Kwon, B. (2012). Gross morphological changes of the spinal cord immediately after surgical decompression in a large animal model of traumatic spinal cord injury. Spine, 37, 15, E890-E899.
10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182553d1d
2012 Jones, C., Lee, J., Kwon, B. & Cripton, P. (2012). Development of a large-animal model to measure dynamic cerebrospinal fluid pressure during spinal cord injury: laboratory investigation. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 16, 6, 624-635.
10.3171/2012.3.SPINE11970
2009 Kroeker, S., Morley, P., Jones, C., Bilston, L. & Cripton, P. (2009). The development of an improved physical surrogate model of the human spinal cord - tension and transverse compression. Journal of Biomechanics, 42, 7, 878-883.
10.1016/j.jbiomech.2009.01.036
2008 Jones, C., Kroeker, S., Cripton, P. & Hall, R. (2008). The effect of cerebrospinal fluid on the biomechanics of spinal cord: an ex vivo bovine model using bovine and physical surrogate spinal cord. Spine, 33, 17, E580-E588.
10.1097/BRS.0b013e31817ecc57
2004 Jones, C. F., Stoffel, K. K., Ozturk, H. E. & Stachowiak, G. W. (2004). The effect of surface active phospholipids on the lubrication of osteoarthritic sheep knee joints: wear. Tribology Letters, 16, 4, 291-296.
10.1023/B:TRIL.0000015209.68635.3b
2004 Ozturk, H. E., Stoffel, K. K., Jones, C. F. & Stachowiak, G. W. (2004). The Effect of Surface-Active Phospholipids on the Lubrication of Osteoarthritic Sheep Knee Joints: Friction. Tribology Letters, 16, 4, 283-289.
10.1023/B:TRIL.0000015204.41674.d3

Conference Items

Year Citation
2017 beaucage-gauvreau, , thewlis, , robertson, W. S. P., fraser, R. D., freeman, & jones, C. F. (2017). Biomechanical investigation of a braced arm-to-thigh lifting technique for occupational tasks, with kinematic analysis and computer modeling approaches. ANZORS-RSA Joint Conference. Adelaide.
2017 Jones, C. F., Robertson, W. S. P., Callary, S., Mulaibrahimovic, A., Kuliwaba, J., Gunzburg, R. ... Freeman, B. J. (2017). Radiographic, Mechanical and Histological Evaluation of Fusion in an Ovine Model: Peek Interbody Cages With and Without a Porous Titanium Alloy Coating. XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane, Australia.
2017 Jones, C. F., robertson, W. S. P., gayen, M. & freeman, B. J. C. (2017). An articulated, instrumented, neck for a paramedic training mannequin: proof-of-concept design and testing. ANZORS-RSA Joint Conference. Adelaide.
2017 Beaucage-Gauvreau, E., Thewlis, D., Graham, R., Robertson, W. S. P., Fraser, R. D., Freeman, B. J. & Jones, C. F. (2017). Validation of Full Body OpenSim Model With Detailed Lumbar Spine to Evaluate Biomechanics of Lifting Tasks. XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane, Australia.
2017 Jones, C. F., Robertson, W. S. P., Gayen, M. & Freeman, B. J. C. (2017). Proof-of-concept design and testing of an articulated and instrumented neck for a paramedic mannequin. Spine Society of Australia 28th Annual Scientific Meeting. Hobart.
2017 Jones, C. F., Robertson, W. S. P., Callary, S., Mulaibrahimovic, A., Kuliwaba, J., Gunzburg, R. ... Freeman, B. J. C. (2017). Evaluation of fusion with a porous titanium alloy coated peek interbody cage in an ovine model. Spine Society of Australia 28th Annual Scientific Meeting. Hobart.
2017 Beaucage-Gauvreau, E., Thewlis, D., Robertson, W. S. P., Fraser, R. D., Freeman, B. J. C. & Jones, C. F. (2017). Biomechanical Investigation of a Braced Arm-To-Thigh Lifting Technique for Occupational Tasks, With Kinematic Analysis and Computer Modeling Approaches. XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane, Australia.
2017 Quarrington, R. D., Costi, J. J., Freeman, B. J. C. & Jones, C. F. (2017). Quantitative evaluation of facet deflection, strain and failure load during simulated cervical spine trauma. ANZORS-RSA Joint Conference. Adelaide.
2017 Jones, C. F., Robertson, W. S. P., Gayen, M. & Freeman, B. J. C. (2017). An Articulated, Instrumented Neck for a Paramedic Training Mannequin: Proof-of-Concept Design and Testing. XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane, Australia.
2017 Quarrington, R. D., Costi, J. J., Freeman, B. J. C. & Jones, C. F. (2017). Quantitative evaluation of facet deflection, strain and failure load during simulated cervical spine trauma. XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane.
2017 Jones, C. F., Robertson, W. S. P., Callary, S., mulaibrahimovic, , Kuliwaba, , Gunzburg, R. ... Freeman, (2017). Radiographic, mechanical and histological evaluation of fusion using PEEK interbody cages with and without a porous titanium alloy coating, in an ovine model. ANZORS-RSA Joint Conference. Adelaide.
2017 Beaucage-Gauvreau, E., Thewlis, D., Graham, R., Robertson, W. S. P., Fraser, R., Freeman, B. J. C. & Jones, C. F. (2017). Validation of full body OpenSim model with detailed lumbar spine to evaluate biomechanics of lifting tasks. ANZORS-RSA Joint Conference. Adelaide.
2008 Ming, K., Abugharbieh, R., Jones, C. F., Greaves, C., Yung, A., Kozlowski, P. ... Cripton, P. A. (2008). In vivo and non-invasive analysis of spinal cord deformations for rodent research using magnetic resonance imaging. 26th Annual National-Neurotrauma-Society Symposium. Orlando, FL.
2008 Jones, C. F., Kwon, B. K. & Cripton, P. A. (2008). Cerebrospinal fluid pressures associated with spinal cord injury: Pilot study in a large animal model. 26th Annual National-Neurotrauma-Society Symposium. Orlando, FL.

Competitive Grants:

Medtronic Research Grant (2017) "Instruments and implants to support the advancement of research in spinal cord injury"(Principal Investigators: Jones, Leonard, Freeman)

AOSpine Australia New Zealand Project Grant (2017) “A new tool for improving and evaluating neck immobilisation devices and techniques: articulated, instrumented neck for paramedic training mannequin” (Principal Investigators: Robertson, Jones, Freeman)

AOSpine Australia New Zealand Project Grant (2017) "Validation of a full-body musculoskeletal model with detailed lumbar spine, for estimating spinal muscle and joint loads in bending and lifting tasks” (Principal Investigators: Jones, Beaucage-Gauvreau, Thewlis, Robertson, Fraser, Freeman)

AOSpine Australia New Zealand Project Grant (2016) “Non-invasive biomechanics of intervertebral disc using dynamic MRI methods” (Principal Investigators: Clarke, Costi, Jones, Bilston, Tsourtos, Qiu)

Conquer Paralysis Now Collaboration Grant (2016-17) "Evaluation of duraplasty surgical intervention following traumatic SCI in a pre-clinical model." (Principal Investigators: Leonard, Jones, Freeman)

Flinders University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Equipment Grant (2015) "Motion capture system for biomechanical evaluation of the efficacy of neck immobilisation techniques utilised by paramedics in the out-of-hospital setting" (Principal Investigators: Pointon, Rayner, Grantham, Jones, Freeman)

DePuy-Synthes Spine (Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd) Research Grant (2015-16) "Develop and characterize a pre-clinical model of traumatic spinal cord injury." (Principal Investigators: Freeman, Jones, Leonard)

University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Dentistry, Equipment Grant (2015) “1kN biaxial load cell for Instron 8874” (Principal Investigators: Richards, Marino, Jones)

AOSpine Australia & New Zealand Research Project Grant (2015) “Towards improved understanding of the mechanisms underlying cervical facet fracture and dislocation: quantitative evaluation of facet deflection and loading” (Principal Investigators: Jones, Freeman, Costi)

Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Fund, Clinical Project Grant (2015). "Quantitative evaluation of facet deflection and loading in the human cervical spine." (Principal Investigators: Jones, Freeman, Costi)

Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Fund, Mary Overton Project Grant (2014). "A novel 'arm-to-thigh' bracing technique for one-handed reaching and lifting tasks in patients with chronic low back pain and degenerative spondylolisthesis: biomechanical evaluation of spine and knee loads, and patient reported pain." (Principal Investigators: Fraser, Jones, Thewlis)

Northern Communities Health Foundation (2013-2014). “Rotator cuff repairs mode of failure; a video, biomechanical and microstructure assessment .” (Principal Investigators: Bain, Jones, Awwad)

Northern Communities Health Foundation (2012-2013). “A biomechanical comparison of suture bridge double row fixation and suture bridge double row fixation with an additional medial grasping suture.” (Principal Investigators: Bain, Eng, Jones, Awwad, Mclean, Keogh)

Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Fund, Mary Overton Project Grant (2012). “Investigating the mechanical response of the developing spine to spondylolysis loading patterns with a novel strain measurement technique.” (Principal Investigators: Jones, Freeman, Moore)

Start-up Grant, AO Foundation (2012-2013). “Understanding the biomechanical origins of pars defects – towards a biofidelic in vitro model of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis” (Principal Investigators: Jones, Cripton, Freeman, Moore)

University of Adelaide, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), Research Equipment and Infrastructure Funding & ECMS Faculty Funding (2012) . “High speed cameras for biomechanics research” (Investigators: Codrington, Grimshaw, Jones)

Contract:

Defence Science and Technology Group (2017). “Investigating the influence of head-worn mass during frontal vehicle impacts.”  Collaboration with Centre for Automotive Safety Research (Principal Investigators: Dutschke, Jones, Hutchinson, Doecke, Anderson, Woolley)

  • Biomechanical Engineering (MECH4101), University of Adelaide (2017)
  • Sports Materials (MECH3108), University of Adelaide  (2012 - 2015)
  • Introduction to Sports Engineering (MECH1104), University of Adelaide [Guest Lecturer] (2012 - current)
  • Fundamentals of Injury Biomechanics (MECH436), University of British Columbia (2010)
      Current Students

      PhD

      • Ryan Quarrington, University of Adelaide. "Investigating the injury mechanisms of cervical facet dislocation" (Supervisor) [Recipient of APA & Dawes Top-up Scholarship, Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation]
      • Érica Beaucage-Gauvreau, University of Adelaide. "Bending and lifting techniques for low back pain" (Supervisor) [Recipient of Endeavour Scholarship & SafeWork SA Supplementary Scholarship]
      • Fawzia AlZahrani, University of Adelaide. "Fracture Resistance and Micro-CT Evaluation of Endodontically Treated Teeth Restored with New Short Glass Fibre Reinforced Composite Used As Post and Core" (Co-supervisor)
      • Hamidreza Farhoudi, Flinders University. "Fretting and corrosion of hip joint implants" (Adjunct Supervisor)
      • Tim Pointon, Flinders University. "Paramedic cervical spine immobilisation techniques"(Adjunct Supervisor)

      Honours / Undergraduate

      • Rachael Killian (2017 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide) "Accelerometer array for pre-clinical model of chronic traumatic encephalopathy"
      • Danika Hunt and Tsuen-Zern Lee (2017 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide) "Design and test frame to simulate car ingress-egress for spinal loading estimation."
      • Matthew Ramm (2017 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide) "Passive spinal flexibility apparatus"
      • Joshua De Bricassart-Brown and Lochlan Campbell (2017 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide) "Neck for paramedic training mannequin".
      Previous students
      • Amie Van Antwerpen (2016/17 Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide)
      • Warwick Langman (2016/17 Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide)
      • Sarah Burton (2015/16 Summer Research Project & 2016 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): "Microstructure of rotator cuff tendon and interaction with suture during tearing".
      • Alexander Coventry (2015/16 Summer Research Project): "Passive spine testing rig".
      • Hannah Andrews (2015/16 Summer Research Project): "Passive spine testing rig".
      • Margaret Gayen (2015 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): "Design of a paramedic training mannequin neck". Recipient of the Mechatronics Prize & the Best Themed Project across Faculty Prize, Ingenuity 2015, University of Adelaide;  2015 IMechE Speak out for Engineering Competition: 1st Prize South Australia, 2nd Prize National.
      • Maria Guerin (2014/15 Summer Research Project, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): "Design of a paramedic training mannequin neck".
      • Raja Baksi (2014/15 Summer Research Project, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): "Design of a paramedic training mannequin neck". Recipient of the 2014/15 University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship.
      • Shabnam Torabiardakani (2014/15 Summer Research Project, School of Medicine, University of Adelaide): "Case note review of cervical spine injuries at the RAH".
      • Thomas Neadley (2014 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): “Developing a validated biomechanical model of the paediatric spine”. Recipient of the Materials and Structures Prize, 2014 Mech Expo, University of Adelaide.
      • Kirsty Tanner (2014 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): Developing a validated biomechanical model of the paediatric spine”. Recipient of the 2013/14 University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship. Recipient of the Materials and Structures Prize, 2014 Mech Expo, University of Adelaide.
      • Wan Norwadi (2014 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): "Biomechanical evaluation of a novel 'arm-to-thigh' bending and lifting technique". Recipient of the Sports Engineering & Biomechanics Prize, 2014 Mech Expo, University of Adelaide.
      • Louise Thomas (2014 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): "Biomechanical evaluation of a novel 'arm-to-thigh' bending and lifting technique". Recipient of the Sports Engineering & Biomechanics Prize, 2014 Mech Expo, University of Adelaide.
      • Alex Martin (2014 Research Project, Mechatronics Engineering, University of Adelaide): "Custom software for quantitative evaluation of cervical facet dislocation".
      • Susie Hui Zhao (2013 Honours Project, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide) “Biomechanical evaluation of a novel suture anchor design for rotator cuff tendon repair” (co-supervised with Mr William Robertson).
      • Amy Lewis (2012/13 Summer Research Project, University of Adelaide): “Comparison of radiographic measures of vertebral slip”.
      • Jack King (2012/13 Summer Research Project, University of Adelaide): “Biomechanical testing of a novel rotator cuff repair suture anchor”.
      • Justin DeBlasio (2012/13 Summer Research Project, University of Adelaide): “Detailed design of an apparatus for spinal flexibility testing with step-wise pure moment application”.
      • Petar Tcherveniakov (2012 BMedSci Hon (1st Class), School of Medicine, University of Adelaide): Biomechanical assessment of the Spinous Process Osteotomy (SPO) technique for decompression of lumbar degenerative spinal canal stenosis” (co-supervised with Professor Brian Freeman). Recipient of Medtronic Spinal Research Prize, Spine Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting 2013.
      • Scott Caddick (2012/13 Honours, Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): “Design and commissioning of an apparatus for spinal flexibility testing with step-wise pure moment application” (co-supervised with Mr William Robertson). Recipient of 2012 Mech Expo Best Poster Prize, University of Adelaide.
      • Bartholomew Scicchitano (2012 Honours (1st Class), Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): “Development and validation of digital image correlation technique for strain measurement on pars interarticularis” (co-supervised with Mr William Robertson).
      • Ryan Quarrington (2012 Honours (1st Class), Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide): “Mechanical testing of bones subjected to intrauterine growth restriction” (co-supervised with Mr William Robertson). Recipient of 2011/12 University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship; 2012 Mech Expo ARI Research Impact Award, University of Adelaide; and, 2nd Prize at the Engineers Australia (SA) and Society for Medical and Biological Engineering Biomedical Engineering Student Papers Night.
      • Cheequn Liu (2009 Summer and graduate project, University of British Columbia):  “Mechanical testing of porcine dura mater and development of a surrogate dura with electrospinning methods” (co-supervised with Prof. Frank Ko).
      Prospective Students (PhD, Masters)

      PhD and Masters (by research) students that are highly motivated, have a strong background in mechanical, mechatronic or biomedical engineering, or medical sciences, and have a strong interest in biomechanics or neurotrauma, are welcome to contact me, after reading the following.

      • Students must apply for, and obtain, a scholarship prior to commencing a Masters or PhD degree, unless they are able to fully self-fund tuition fees and living expenses.
        • International students: you will require a scholarship to support living expenses and tuition fees. Please review the closing dates for the scholarship and admission rounds on the University website. Please note that scholarships are extremely competitive. For international scholarships offered by University of Adelaide, you will need at least 3 peer-reviewed journal papers as first-named author in highly ranked journals, an Undergraduate or Masters (highly preferred) degree from a highly ranked University, with a good GPA. If you already have an international scholarship, we are likely to be able to offer you a position.
        • Domestic (Australian) students: please review the closing dates for the Australian Research Training Program awards (previously named Australian Postgraduate Award) on the University website. Tuition fees are waived for domestic students. You will likely need to have 1st Class Honours to obtain a scholarship.
      • You will need a very good standard of written and spoken English (e.g. an IELTS score of 7.0)
      • You must have an undergraduate or masters degree in mechanical engineering, medical sciences, or a related field, with a reasonable GPA, and with subjects relevant to your proposed research area.

      Academic research will require you to think, synthesise, design, experiment, and write. Your skills in these areas will be developed during individual and group research meetings, for which you will need to be prepared and on time.  My expectation is that you will have good technical engineering skills, and an ability to apply these meticulously and rigorously. You must be keen to learn and improve if you are lacking skills required for your research. I will put in what you put in: if you work hard, I will work hard to assist you; the reverse will also apply.

      If you are interested in pursuing a PhD, Masters/honours under my supervision, contact me by email and include:

      • your CV (including the Universities/schools you have attended, past jobs, details of any publications etc)
      • your transcripts, in English (either a copy or a listing of your grades, not the official transcript)
      • a topic, or experimental technique, that you find of interest

      Editorial Boards

      Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
      2017 - ongoing Member Asian Spine Journal

      Offices Held

      Date Office Name Institution Country
      2016 - 2016 Faculty, Spine Society of Australia, Biomechanics in the Barossa Workshop Spine Society of Australia Australia
      2014 - ongoing Research Officer AOSpine Australia New Zealand
      Position
      Research Fellow
      Phone
      83132850
      Campus
      North Terrace
      Building
      Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building
      Room Number
      WS7059
      Org Unit
      Surgical Specialties

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