Claire Jones

Dr Claire Jones

Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


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 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

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

Competitive Grants:

ARC Discovery Project (2019-2021) [DP190101209] “Elucidating the mechanics of facet dislocation and fracture in the neck” (Chief Investigators: Jones, Costi, Freeman; Partner Investigators: Cripton)

Neurosurgical Research Foundation (2018-2019) – AU$30,000. “Develop and validate an injury device that produces graded concussive closed-head insults in juvenile and adult large animals, and is suitable for repeated events”.  (Principal Investigators: Jones, Cripton, Corrigan, Turner, Leonard)

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 Research:

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)
  • Position: Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83132850
  • Email: claire.jones@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 7
  • Room: WS7059
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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