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
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

 

Projects available for 2019/2020

Research projects are available for students of Medical Sciences & Mechanical Engineering in the categories of: Summer Research Projects, 3rd Yr, Honours/FYP, MPhil, Masters by CW, PhD. All projects are based at Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building, North Tce. All projects have flexible start dates, depending on project availability and research needs at the time of commencement. Projects described are suited to 1 year duration; if you are interested in applying for MPhil or PhD, please contact Dr Jones to discuss potential projects related to spine, orthopaedics and neurotrauma.

Research Project 1

Title: Passive stiffness and range of motion of the human neck

Project description: The passive stiffness and range of motion of the human neck, from childhood to old age, is needed to enable accurate design of paramedic mannequins. In this project we will design and build an apparatus, and assess volunteer participants in the motion capture laboratory, to determine their passive neck stiffness and range of motion.

Project suitable for: Mechanical Engineering - Summer Research / FYP / MPhil / PhD

 

Research Project 2

Title: Centre of mass of the sheep head

Project description: On going traumatic brain injury and concussion studies in our group require an accurate representation of the centre of mass of the sheep head, as defined by external palpable landmarks. In this project, an existing bank of CT images will be used to determine the location of the centre of mass of the sheep’s head, and to relate this to reliably palpable external anatomical landmarks.

Project suitable for: Medical Sciences - Third Year / Honours / Masters; Mechanical Engineering - Summer Research / FYP / MPhil

 

Research Project 3

Title: Cervical spine bone quality and strength.

Project description: Osteoporosis of the spine is diagnosed clinically using DEXA scans of the lumbar spine. However, often only small segments of ex vivo cadaver spines are obtained for biomechanical testing, and in this case there is no standard way of determining if a specimen has sufficient bone quality. The aim of this project is to develop a relationship between the bone density predicted by calibrated CT images of cervical spines, and the bone density measured at specific locations on microCT images, as well as the strength of the bone from mechanical testing.

Project suitable for: Medical Sciences - Third Year / Honours / Masters; Mechanical Engineering - Summer Research / FYP / MPhil

 

Research Project 4

Title: Mechanical properties and microstructural features of spinal dura mater.

Project description: The mechanical properties and microstructure of spinal dura are of interest because the dura likely plays an important role in modulating the pressure in the intrathecal space after spinal cord injury. This project will characterise the mechanical properties and microstructure of animal and/or human dura, using biomechanics and histology techniques.

Project suitable for: Medical Sciences - Third Year / Honours / Masters; Mechanical Engineering - Summer Research / FYP / MPhil

 

Research Project 5

Title: A detailed anatomical model of the pig spine and spinal cord from CT and MRI.

Project description: In order to develop computational models for investigating spinal cord injury in an animal model, an accurate scalable anatomical model of the pig spine, spinal cord and dura is required. This will be developed from existing CT and MR images using a combination of semi-automated and manual segmentation techniques.

Project suitable for: Medical Sciences - Third Year / Honours; Mechanical Engineering - Summer Research / FYP / MPhil

 

Research Project 6

Title: Creating accurate anatomical coordinate systems from CT
Project description: To determine the motions of a joint during biomechanical testing, local coordinate systems are defined using anatomical landmarks. In our group, this has traditionally been performed by determining the 3D coordinates of these landmarks using a motion capture system and a digitising wand; however, the accuracy of this method can be limited by difficulties in physically accessing the landmarks, and irregular anatomy. This project will investigate the feasibility and accuracy of determining these anatomical coordinate systems from high-resolution CT images, and will compare the results to the current methodology.

Project suitable for: Medical Sciences - Third Year / Honours / Masters; Mechanical Engineering - Summer Research / FYP / MPhil

 

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  • 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 Country Amount
    2018 Award Adelaide Women's Research Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Research Award Medtronic Spinal Research Prize (Student: Ryan Quarrington) Spine Society of Australia
    2017 Award Dependent Travel Award University of Adelaide
    2017 Award Travel Award Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, 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 Neurotrauma Symposium
    2014 Award Early Career Research Prize Australian & and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society
    2014 Fellowship Early Career Research Fellowship (Biomedical) NHMRC
    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 Australia
    2011 Award ICORD Travel Bursary ICORD, University of British Columbia Canada
    2011 Research Award Medtronic Spinal Research Prize Spine Society of Australia 10000
    2011 Award 2nd Place, Best Podium Presentation International Conference on Spinal Cord Medicine and Rehabilitation (ISCOS)
    2010 Award Vinod Modi Endowment Travel Award Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia Canada
    2010 Research Award Margaret H. Hines Award (best oral presentation/paper) Ohio Injury Biomechanics Symposium United States
    2010 Award Rising Star Award Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
    2010 Award Aaron Moser PhD Poster Prize International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries Canada
    2009 Award Society for Neuroscience Travel Grant Society for Neuroscience United States
    2009 Research Award Orthopaedics Research Day Graduate Student Award Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia Canada
    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, Canada
    2008 Fellowship University Graduate Fellowship University of British Columbia, Canada
    2006 Scholarship International PhD Tuition Award University of British Columbia Canada
    2004 Scholarship Commonwealth Scholarship Commonwealth Scholarship Commission United Kingdom
    2002 Scholarship Clough Engineering Scholarship Clough Engineering Ltd./ University of Western Australia 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 BE
    1998 - 2002 University of Western Australia Australia BSc
  • Research Interests

Competitive Grants:

North American Spine Society Project Grant, (2019-2020) "Investigating the Relationships Between Oedema and Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow and Pressure Following Spinal Cord Injury in a Large Animal Model" (Investigators: Jones, Leonard)

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)  “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)

  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Health (ORT&TRAUM3920), University of Adelaide (2019)  [Course Coordinator & Instructor]
  • Biomechanical Engineering (MECH4101), University of Adelaide (2017)
  • Sports Materials (MECH3108), University of Adelaide  (2012 - 2015) [Course Coordinator & Instructor]
  • Introduction to Sports Engineering (MECH1104), University of Adelaide [Guest Lecturer] (2012 - current)
  • Fundamentals of Injury Biomechanics (MECH436), University of British Columbia (2010)
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Developing and Characterising a Survival Model of Thoracic Contusion Spinal Cord Injury in Pigs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Christine Gayen
    2018 Principal Supervisor Biomechanics of Cervical Spine Trauma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Parham Foroutan
    2018 Co-Supervisor Assessing Brain swelling and intracranial pressure beyond the acute phase of stroke in an ovine model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Annabel Jain Sorby-Adams
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Brace for it: assessing lumbar spinal loads for a braced arm-to-thigh lifting and bending technique using a musculoskeletal modelling approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Erica Beaucage-Gauvreau
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Towards Understanding the Injury Mechanics and Clinical Outcomes of Traumatic Subaxial Cervical Facet Dislocation and Fracture-Dislocation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Ryan David Quarrington
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing External Supervisor Lumbar spine biomechanics Flinders University College of Science and Engineering Doctorate Full Time Michael Russo
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Visualisation of spinal facet kinematics using co-registration of CT and motion capture data University of Adelaide Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) Honours Full Time Darcy Thompson-Bagshaw
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Characterising a pig model of traumatic SCI: temporal characteristics of oedema with ultrasound and MRI University of Adelaide Bachelor Health & Medical Sciences (Honours) Honours Full Time Lola Kaukas
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Characterising a pig model of traumatic SCI: temporal characteristics of intrathecal pressure The University of Adelaide Bachelor Health & Medical Sciences (Honours) Honours Full Time Christine Gayen
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Development of medical imaging measurement protocols for cervical spinal and surrogate spinal cord images for biomechanics research The University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Medical Sciences Other Full Time Amy Rees
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Assisting experiments related to large animal model of spinal cord injury The University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Medical Sciences Other Full Time Jacqueline Chen
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Assisting with kinematic analysis for biomechanical evaluation of a novel 'arm-to-thigh' bending and lifting technique. Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering Other Full Time Mingyue Liu
    2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor VisualisatioVisualisation of spinal kinematics using co-registration of CT and motion capture data University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering Other Full Time Fraser Darcy
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Design and test frame to simulate car ingress-egress for spinal loading estimation The Univerity of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering Honours Full Time Danika Hunt & Tsuen-Zern Lee
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Neck for paramedic training mannequin The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering Honours Full Time Lochlan Campbell & Joshua De Brissicart-Brown
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Passive spinal flexibility apparatus The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering Honours Full Time Matthew Ramm
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Accelerometer array for pre-clinical model of chronic traumatic encephalopathy The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering (Sports) Honours Full Time Rachel Killian
    2015 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Microstructure of rotator cuff tendon and interaction with suture during tearing The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering Honours Full Time Sarah Burton
    2015 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Passive spine testing apparatus The University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering Other Full Time Alexander Coventry & Hannah Brown
    2015 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Design of a paramedic training mannequin neck The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechancial Engineering Honours Full Time Margaret Gayen
    2014 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Developing a validated biomechanical model of the paediatric spine The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechancial Engineering Honours Full Time Thomas Neadley & Kirsty Tanner
    2014 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Design of a paramedic training mannequin neck The University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering Other Full Time Maria Guerin & Raja Baksi
    2014 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Case note review of cervical spine injuries at the RAH The University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Medicine Other Full Time Shabnam Torabiardakani
    2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Biomechanical evaluation of a novel 'arm-to-thigh' bending and lifting technique The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering Honours Full Time Louise Thomas & Wan Norwadi
    2013 - ongoing External Supervisor Fretting and corrosion of hip joint implants Flinders University Biomedical Engineering Doctorate Full Time Hamidreza Farhoudi
    2013 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Design analysis and biomechanical testing of a novel rotator cuff repair implant The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering Honours Full Time Hui (Susie) Zhao
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Comparison of radiographic measures of vertebral slip The University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering Other Full Time Amy Lewis
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Biomechanical testing of a novel rotator cuff repair suture anchor The University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering Other Full Time Jack King
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Design of an apparatus for spinal flexibility testing with step-wise pure moment application The University of Adelaide Summer Research Project, Mechanical Engineering Other Full Time Justin Deblasio
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Design and commissioning of an apparatus for spinal flexibility testing with step-wise pure moment application The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering (exchange student) Honours Full Time Scott Caddick
    2012 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Development and validation of digital image correlation technique for strain measurement on pars interarticularis The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering Honours Full Time Bartholomew Scicchitano
    2012 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Mechanical testing of bones subjected to intrauterine growth restriction The University of Adelaide Bachelor Mechanical Engineering Honours Full Time Ryan Quarrington
    2012 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Abdominal muscles and spondylolisthesis The University of Adelaide MBBS Honours Full Time Petar Tcherveniakov
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution 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
  • 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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