Dr Dominic Thewlis
Dr Dominic Thewlis works in the field of biomechanics (the application of mechanics to understand biological phenomena), specifically orthopaedic (our bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments) biomechanics. He is an NHMRC R.D Wright Fellow (2017-2021). He is recognised as an emerging leader in the field with awards from the International Society of Biomechanics (footwear biomechanics group), International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics community, Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, and the ORS (USA). He is the current President of the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, and editorial board member for the Journal of Biomechanics and Gait and Posture.
He has made significant contributions in to our understanding of how mechanical loading can influence the out come of complex orthopaedic surgeries (e.g. fracture repair, knee replacement and hip replacement) using a novel combination of experimental and computational methods to model the human musculoskeletal system. He has also used these techniques to gain new insight into the progression of some musculoskeletal diseases.
Research experience and track record
I am an NHMRC R.D. Wright Fellow (2017-2021). My primary research focus is the biomechanics of orthopaedic disease and injury. This includes articular fracture management, which is known to be associated with osteoarthritis onset, and joint arthroplasty – the end point for most people with degenerative joint disease. I use a novel combination of biomechanical modelling methods, medial imaging, physical activity monitoring and patient reported outcome measures to explore these conditions. I have published 56 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented my work extensively at international conferences.
|2017||Associate Professor||University of Adelaide|
|2013 - 2017||Senior Lecturer in Bimechanics||University of South Australia|
|2012 - 2016||Affiliate Lecturer||University of Adelaide, Adelaide|
|2009 - 2012||Lecturer (Level B) in Biomechanics||University of South Australia|
|2008 - 2011||Honorary Fellow||Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh Hospital Trust|
|2017 - 2021||R.D Wright Career Development Fellowship|
|2015||Benno Nigg Award for Applied Research||International Society of Biomechanics (footwear group)|
|2014||Excellence in reviewing for the Journal of Biomechanics|
|2013||Young Tall Poppy||Australian Institute of Policy and Science|
|2012||Best Poster Prize|
|2011||Supported Teacher Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching||University of South Australia|
|2011||Early Career Researcher International Travel Award||University of South Australia|
|2009 - 2012||Supported Researcher Award||University of South Australia|
|2009||University of Central Lancashire||UK||PhD|
|2003||University of Central Lancashire, Preston||United Kingdom||BSc (Hons)|
|2017||Fuller,J, Bellenger,C, Thewlis,D, Arnold,J, Thomson,R, Tsiros,M, Robertson,E, Buckley,J, 2017, Tracking performance changes with running-stride variability when athletes are functionally overreached, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12, 3, 357-363 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0618|
|2017||Bishop,C, Hillier,S, Thewlis,D, 2017, The reliability of the Adelaide in-shoe foot model, Gait and Posture, 56, 1-7 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.04.020|
|2017||Thewlis,D, Fraysse,F, Callary,S, Verghese,V, Jones,C, Findlay,D, Atkins,G, Rickman,M, Solomon,L, 2017, Postoperative weight bearing and patient reported outcomes at one year following tibial plateau fractures, Injury, - 10.1016/j.injury.2017.05.024|
|2017||Fuller,J, Thewlis,D, Tsiros,M, Brown,N, Buckley,J, 2017, Six-week transition to minimalist shoes improves running economy and time-trial performance, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, OnlinePubl, 1-6 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.04.013|
|2017||Fuller,J, Thewlis,D, Buckley,J, Brown,N, Hamill,J, Tsiros,M, 2017, Body Mass and Weekly Training Distance Influence the Pain and Injuries Experienced by Runners Using Minimalist Shoes: A Randomized Controlled Trial, American Journal of Sports Medicine, 45, 5, 1162-1170 10.1177/0363546516682497|
|2017||Mills,S, McDonnell,M, Thewlis,D, Mackintosh,S, 2017, Is there a relationship between postural alignment and mobility for adults after acquired brain injury? A systematic review, Brain Injury, 31, 5, 571-580 10.1080/02699052.2017.1283061|
|2016||Fuller,J, Amado,A, Emmerik,R, Hamill,J, Buckley,J, Tsiros,M, Thewlis,D, 2016, The effect of footwear and footfall pattern on running stride interval long-range correlations and distributional variability, Gait and Posture, 44, 137-142 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2015.12.006|
|2016||Fuller,J, Archer,J, Buckley,J, Tsiros,M, Thewlis,D, 2016, The reliability of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry measurements of bone mineral density in the metatarsals, Skeletal Radiology, 45, 1, 135-140 10.1007/s00256-015-2227-0|
|2016||Todd,G, Pearson-Dennett,V, Wilcox,R, Chau,M, Thoirs,K, Thewlis,D, Vogel,A, White,J, 2016, Adults with a history of illicit amphetamine use exhibit abnormal substantia nigra morphology and parkinsonism, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 25, 27-32 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2016.02.019|
|2016||Fuller,J, Thewlis,D, Tsiros,M, Brown,N, Buckley,J, 2016, Effects of a minimalist shoe on running economy and 5-km running performance, Journal of Sports Sciences, 34, 18, 1740-1745 10.1080/02640414.2015.1136071|
|2016||Fuller,J, Buckley,J, Tsiros,M, Brown,N, Thewlis,D, 2016, Redistribution of mechanical work at the knee and ankle joints during fast running in minimalist shoes, Journal of Athletic Training, 51, 10, 806-812 10.4085/1062-6050-51.12.05|
|2016||Bartram,J, Thewlis,D, Martin,D, Norton,K, 2016, Predicting critical power in elite cyclists: questioning validity of the 3-min All-out test, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, OnlinePubl, 1-19 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0376|
|2016||Roberts,B, Thewlis,D, Solomon,L, Mercer,G, Reynolds,K, Perilli,E, 2016, A SYSTEMATIC MAPPING OF TIBIAL PLATEAU BONE MICROARCHITECTURE IN END-STAGE KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS, OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE, 24, S248-S249|
|2016||Al-Dirini,R, Reed,M, Hu,J, Thewlis,D, 2016, Development and Validation of a High Anatomical Fidelity FE Model for the Buttock and Thigh of a Seated Individual, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 44, 9, 2805-2816 10.1007/s10439-016-1560-3|
|2016||Roberts,B, Thewlis,D, Solomon,L, Mercer,G, Reynolds,K, Perilli,E, 2016, LINKING PROXIMAL TIBIA BONE MICROARCHITECTURE TO IN VIVO DYNAMIC KNEE JOINT LOADS IN END-STAGE KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS, OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE, 24, S98-S98|
|2016||Arnold,J, Wong,D, Jones,R, Hill,C, Thewlis,D, 2016, Lateral Wedge Insoles for Reducing Biomechanical Risk Factors for Medial Knee Osteoarthritis Progression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis., Arthritis care & research, 68, 7, 936-951 10.1002/acr.22797|
|2016||Fraysse,F, Arnold,J, Thewlis,D, 2016, A method for concise reporting of joint reaction forces orientation during gait, Journal of Biomechanics, 49, 14, 3538-3542 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.08.005|
|2016||Fraysse,F, Milanese,S, Thewlis,D, 2016, Practices and risks associated with operation of tie-down lashings in the vehicle transport industry, Ergonomics, 59, 12, 1661-1672 10.1080/00140139.2016.1158324|
|2016||Roberts,B, Thewlis,D, Solomon,L, Mercer,G, Reynolds,K, Perilli,E, 2016, Systematic mapping of the subchondral bone 3D microarchitecture in the human tibial plateau: Variations with joint alignment, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Online, 1-15 10.1002/jor.23474|
|2016||Withanage,K, Lee,I, Brinkworth,R, Mackintosh,S, Thewlis,D, 2016, Fall Recovery Subactivity Recognition with RGB-D Cameras, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 12, 6, 2312-2320 10.1109/TII.2016.2590339|
|2015||Banwell,H, Thewlis,D, Mackintosh,S, 2015, Adults with flexible pes planus and the approach to the prescription of customised foot orthoses in clinical practice: A clinical records audit, Foot, 25, 2, 101-109 10.1016/j.foot.2015.03.005|
|2015||Fuller,J, Thewlis,D, Tsiros,M, Brown,N, Buckley,J, 2015, The long-term effect of minimalist shoes on running performance and injury: design of a randomised controlled trial, BMJ Open, 5, 8, e008307-1-e008307-9 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008307|
|2015||Thewlis,D, Callary,SA, Fraysse,F, Solomon,LB, 2015, Peak loading during walking is not associated with fracture migration following tibial plateau fracture: A preliminary case series., J Orthop Res, 33, 9, 1398-1406 10.1002/jor.22905|
|2015||Bain,G, Clitherow,H, Millar,S, Fraysse,F, Costi,J, Eng,K, McGuire,D, Thewlis,D, 2015, The effect of lunate morphology on the 3-dimensional kinematics of the carpus, Journal of Hand Surgery, 40, 1, 81-89.e1 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.09.019|
|2015||van de Pol,GJ, Iselin,LD, Callary,SA, Thewlis,D, Jones,CF, Atkins,GJ, Solomon,LB, 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|
|2015||Hillier,S, Immink,M, Thewlis,D, 2015, Assessing Proprioception: A Systematic Review of Possibilities., Neurorehabil Neural Repair, 29, 10, 933-949 10.1177/1545968315573055|
|2015||Li,K, Wei,N, Yue,S, Thewlis,D, Fraysse,F, Immink,M, Eston,R, 2015, Coordination of digit force variability during dominant and non‑dominant sustained precision pinch, Experimental Brain Research, 233, 7, 2053-2060 10.1007/s00221-015-4276-y|
|2015||Bishop,C, Arnold,J, Fraysse,F, Thewlis,D, 2015, A method to investigate the effect of shoe-hole size on surface marker movement when describing in-shoe joint kinematics using a multi-segment foot model, Gait and Posture, 41, 1, 295-299 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.09.002|
|2015||Al-Dirini,R, Reed,M, Thewlis,D, 2015, Deformation of the gluteal soft tissues during sitting, Clinical Biomechanics, 30, 7, 662-668 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2015.05.008|
|2015||Bishop,C, Hillier,S, Thewlis,D, 2015, A preliminary investigation of the immediate effects of footwear and custom foot orthotics on the foot in patients with plantar fasciopathy, Footwear Science, 7, sup1, S104-S106 10.1080/19424280.2015.1038633|
|2015||Fuller,JT, Bellenger,CR, Thewlis,D, Tsiros,MD, Buckley,JD, 2015, The effect of footwear on running performance and running economy in distance runners., Sports Med, 45, 3, 411-422 10.1007/s40279-014-0283-6|
|2015||Arnold,J, Mackintosh,S, Olds,T, Jones,S, Thewlis,D, 2015, Improvements in knee biomechanics during walking are associated with increased physical activity after total knee arthroplasty, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 33, 12, 1818-1825 10.1002/jor.22969|
|2014||Fraysse,F, Costi,J, Stanley,R, Ding,B, McGuire,D, Eng,K, Bain,G, Thewlis,D, 2014, A novel method to replicate the kinematics of the carpus using a six degree-of-freedom robot, Journal of Biomechanics, 47, 5, 1091-1098 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.12.033|
|2014||Pearson-Dennett,V, Flavel,SC, Wilcox,RA, Thewlis,D, Vogel,AP, White,JM, Todd,G, 2014, Hand function is altered in individuals with a history of illicit stimulant use., PLoS One, 9, 12, e115771- 10.1371/journal.pone.0115771|
|2014||Banwell,H, Mackintosh,S, Thewlis,D, Landorf,K, 2014, Consensus-based recommendations of Australian podiatrists for the prescription of foot orthoses for symptomatic flexible pes planus in adults, Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 7, 1, 49-1-49-13 10.1186/s13047-014-0049-2|
|2014||Fraysse,F, Thewlis,D, 2014, Comparison of anatomical, functional and regression methods for estimating the rotation axes of the forearm, Journal of Biomechanics, 47, 14, 3488-3493 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2014.09.003|
|2014||Arnold,J, Mackintosh,S, Jones,S, Thewlis,D, 2014, Altered dynamic foot kinematics in people with medial knee osteoarthritis during walking: A cross-sectional study, Knee, 21, 6, 1101-1106 10.1016/j.knee.2014.08.004|
|2014||Arnold,J, Mackintosh,S, Jones,S, Thewlis,D, 2014, Differences in foot kinematics between young and older adults during walking, Gait and Posture, 39, 2, 689-694 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2013.09.021|
|2014||Thewlis,D, Hillier,S, Hobbs,S, Richards,J, 2014, Preoperative asymmetry in load distribution during quite stance persist following total knee arthroplasty, Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, 22, 3, 609-614 10.1007/s00167-013-2616-7|
|2014||Banwell,H, Mackintosh,S, Thewlis,D, 2014, Foot orthoses for adults with flexible pes planus: a systematic review, Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 7, 1, 23-1-23-18 10.1186/1757-1146-7-23|
|2013||Bishop,C, Bartold,S, Thewlis,D, 2013, Effects of footwear on lead limb knee and ankle joint kinematics in a fast bowler with a history of posterior ankle joint impingement - a case report, Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 23, 6, 491-493 10.1097/JSM.0b013e318291d154|
|2013||Thewlis,D, Bishop,C, Daniell,N, Paul,G, 2013, Next-generation low-cost motion capture systems can provide comparable spatial accuracy to high-end systems, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 29, 1, 112-117 10.1123/jab.29.1.112|
|2013||Callary,S, Thewlis,D, Rowlands,A, Findlay,D, Solomon,L, 2013, Collecting a comprehensive evidence base to monitor fracture rehabilitation: a case study, World Journal of Orthopedics, 4, 4, 259-266 10.5312/wjo.v4.i4.259|
|2013||Arnold,J, Mackintosh,S, Jones,S, Thewlis,D, 2013, Repeatability of stance phase kinematics from a multi-segment foot model in people aged 50 years and older, Gait and Posture, 38, 2, 349-351 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.11.010|
|2013||Bishop,C, Paul,G, Thewlis,D, 2013, The reliability, accuracy and minimal detectable difference of a multi-segment kinematic model of the foot-shoe complex, Gait and Posture, 37, 4, 552-557 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.09.020|
|2013||Arnold,J, Walters,J, Solomon,L, Thewlis,D, 2013, Does the method of component fixation influence clinical outcomes after total knee replacement? A systematic literature review, Journal of Arthroplasty, 28, 5, 740-746 10.1016/j.arth.2012.09.021|
|2012||Theobald,G, Parry,S, Richards,J, Thewlis,D, Tootill,I, Selfe,J, 2012, Biomechanical effects of different treatment modalities used in knee pain during cycling, Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 33, 1, 16-21 10.3233/PPR-2012-33104|
|2012||Lee,Y, Callary,S, Howie,D, Thewlis,D, Solomon,L, 2012, The effect of hip position on the length of trochanteric muscles: potential implications for early postoperative management of hip arthroplasty, Journal of Arthroplasty, 27, 6, 953-960 10.1016/j.arth.2011.08.023|
|2012||Bishop,C, Paul,G, Thewlis,D, 2012, Recommendations for the reporting of foot and ankle models, Journal of Biomechanics, 45, 13, 2185-2194 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2012.06.019|
|2011||Bishop,C, Thewlis,D, Uden,H, Ogilvie,D, Paul,G, 2011, A radiological method to determine the accuracy of motion capture marker placement on palpable anatomical landmarks through a shoe, Footwear Science, 3, 3, 169-177 10.1080/19424280.2011.635386|
|2011||Selfe,J, Thewlis,D, Hill,S, Whitaker,J, Sutton,C, Richards,J, 2011, A clinical study of the biomechanics of step descent using different treatment modalities for patellofemoral pain, Gait and Posture, 34, 1, 92-96 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.03.019|
|2011||Bishop,C, Paul,G, Uden,H, Thewlis,D, 2011, The development of a multi-segment kinematic model of footwear, Footwear Science, 3, SUPPL.1, S13-S15 10.1080/19424280.2011.575873|
|2011||Bishop,C, Paul,G, Thewlis,D, 2011, Footwear modifies coronal plane forefoot and sagittal plane hallux kinematics during stance phase of walking gait, Footwear Science, 3, SUPPL.1, S12-S13 10.1080/19424280.2011.575839|
|2009||Richards,J, Thewlis,D, Selfe,J, 2009, Direct and indirect biomechanical changes during gait following total knee arthroplasty, Gait & Posture, 30, S142-S142 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2009.08.212|
|2009||Richards,J, Selfe,J, Thewlis,D, 2009, A clinical study of the biomechanics of step descent using different treatment modalities for patellofemoral pain, Gait & Posture, 30, S28-S29 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2009.08.044|
|2008||Thewlis,D, Richards,J, Bower,J, 2008, Discrepancies in knee joint moments using common anatomical frames defined by different palpable landmarks, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 24, 2, 185-190 10.1123/jab.24.2.185|
|2008||Richards,J, Thewlis,D, Selfe,J, Cunningham,A, Hayes,C, 2008, A biomechanical investigation of a single-limb squat: Implications for lower extremity rehabilitation exercise, Journal of Athletic Training, 43, 5, 477-482 10.4085/1062-6050-43.5.477|
|2008||Thewlis,D, Richards,J, Hobbs,SJ, 2008, THE APPROPRIATENESS OF METHODS USED TO CALCULATE JOINT KINEMATICS, Journal of Biomechanics, 41, S320-S320 10.1016/S0021-9290(08)70319-1|
|2008||Selfe,J, Richards,J, Thewlis,D, Kilmurray,S, 2008, The biomechanics of step descent under different treatment modalities used in patellofemoral pain, Gait and Posture, 27, 2, 258-263 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2007.03.017|
|2006||Selfe,J, Hardaker,N, Thewlis,D, Karki,A, 2006, An Accurate and Reliable Method of Thermal Data Analysis in Thermal Imaging of the Anterior Knee for Use in Cryotherapy Research, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87, 12, 1630-1635 10.1016/j.apmr.2006.08.346|
|2012||Al-Dirini,R, Thewlis,D, Paul,G, 2012, A comprehensive literature review of the pelvis and the lower extremity FE human models under quasi-static conditions, 18th Triennial International Ergonomics Association’s Congress (IEA), Recife, Brazil 10.3233/WOR-2012-1039-4218|
|2012||Al-Dirini,R, Reed,M, Paul,G, Thewlis,D, 2012, A subject-specific model of human|
Competitive research funding
I have held research funding from federal agencies (ARC, NHMRC, Department of Defence), NGOs and private industry in Australia and the UK. In total, my research has received approximately (accounting for exchange rate) $3.38M in external funding. I am currently a chief investigator on grants with a total value of $1.92M.
Current External funding
Fay Fuller Foundation.
Are young adults aware of the long-lasting consequences of methamphetamine (‘ice’) use on health and would knowledge of a visible long-lasting consequence decrease use of the drug?
Todd G, White J, Esterman A, Thewlis D, Procter N, Wilcox R, Vogel A
AOSpine (Asia-Pacific), The AO Foundation.
Validation of a full-body musculoskeletal model with detailed lumbar spine, for estimating spinal muscle and joint loads in bending and lifting tasks.
Jones C, Beaucage-Gauvreau E, Thewlis D, Robertson W, Fraser R, Freeman B,
|$6700 (CHF 5000)|
|2017 - 2019||
Defence Science & Technology Group – Department of Defence.
Developing a human-centred design and assurance methodology for future submarine internal spaces. Thewlis D, Fraysse F, Daniell N, Schumacher P.
|2017 - 2020||
National Health & Medical Research Council. R.D, Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellowship (GNT1126229).
Improving the functional outcomes of lower limb orthopaedic surgery. Thewlis D.
AMP Foundation Limited.
Setting up girls for success in physical activity. Tsiros M, Mackintosh S, Thewlis D.
Defence Science & Technology Group – Department of Defence.
Maritime physical habitability standards. Thewlis D, Fraysse F, Tomkinson G.
|2016 - 2018||
Defence Science & Technology Group – Department of Defence.
Enhanced Digital Human Models. Thewlis D, Fraysse F.
|2015 - 2016||
Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. A novel method for preventing overtraining in runners.
Arnold J, Fuller J, Bellenger C, Buckley J, Thewlis D.
|2015||Australian Research Council, LIEF (LE150100094). Development of a world-class facility for three-dimensional dynamic testing. . Cazzolato, Sammut, Thewlis, Wilson, Thomas, Griffith, Kotooussov, Hansen, Ng, Taylor, Costi, Tang, Gad, Ranmuthugala, Ojeda, Wildy (Institutional CI)||$630,000 ($400,000 directly from the ARC, $230,000 (cash) from partner institutions)|
|2015 - 2017||
International musculoskeletal research institute.
The biomechanics of posterolateral and posterior approaches to total hip replacement.
|2014 - 2017||
Defence Science & Technology Organization – Department of Defence.
Effect of Transit on Musculoskeletal Health. Thewlis D, Tomkinson G.
|2014 - 2016||
Royal Adelaide Hospital.
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. Jones C, Thewlis D, Fraser R.
Research supervision and training
I currently supervise five PhD students and two honours student. I have previously supervised six PhD students, one Masters by Research and nine Honours students to completion. My PhD students have gone on to take on postdoctoral fellowships (including NHMRC, ARC-linkage and industry funded) with leading institutions in Australia.
|2015||President||Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society||Australia|
|2005||Member||International Society of Biomechanics|
|2015 - 2018||President||Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society|
|2014 - 2016||Member||Division Research Management Committee||University of South Australia|
|2013 - 2015||Member||School Research Management Committee||University of South Australia|
|2012 - 2015||Secretary||Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society|
|2012 - 2013||Member||Research Training Group||University of South Australia|
|2011||Member||Program Advisory Committee||University of South Australia|
|2009 - 2011||Member||School Research Management Committee||University of South Australia|
|2009||Member||Program Management Team (Human Movement)||University of South Australia|
|Date||Role||Editorial Board Name||Country|
|2016||Board Member||Journal of Biomechanics|
|2016||Board Member||Journal of Biomechanics|
|2014||Board Member||Gait and Posture|
|2013||Board Member||Gait and Posture|