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Associate Professor Dominic Thewlis

Dominic Thewlis
NHMRC R.D Wright Fellow
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

A/Prof 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.

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Associate Professor Dominic Thewlis

A/Prof 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.

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

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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
2013 - 2017 Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics 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

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2017 Fellowship R.D Wright Career Development Fellowship
2015 Award Benno Nigg Award for Applied Research International Society of Biomechanics (footwear group)
2014 Award Excellence in reviewing for the Journal of Biomechanics
2013 Award Young Tall Poppy Australian Institute of Policy and Science Australia
2012 Award Best Poster Prize
2011 Award Early Career Researcher International Travel Award University of South Australia
2011 Award Supported Teacher Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching University of South Australia
2009 Award Supported Researcher Award University of South Australia

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2009 University of Central Lancashire UK PhD
2000 - 2003 University of Central Lancashire, Preston United Kingdom BSc (Hons)

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Roberts, B., Solomon, L., Mercer, G., Reynolds, K., Thewlis, D., & Perilli, E. (2018). Relationships between in vivo dynamic knee joint loading, static alignment and tibial subchondral bone microarchitecture in end-stage knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 26(4), 547-556.
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2018 Millar, S., Arnold, J., Thewlis, D., Fraysse, F., & Solomon, L. (2018). A systematic literature review of tibial plateau fractures: What classifications are used and how reliable and useful are they?. Injury, 49(3), 473-490.
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2018 Bahl, J., Nelson, M., Taylor, M., Solomon, L., Arnold, J., & Thewlis, D. (2018). Biomechanical changes and recovery of gait function after total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Online, 1-17.
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2017 Al-Dirini, R., Nisyrios, J., Reed, M., & Thewlis, D. (2017). Quantifying the in vivo quasi-static response to loading of sub-dermal tissues in the human buttock using magnetic resonance imaging. Clinical Biomechanics, 50, 70-77.
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2017 Ramasamy, B., Thewlis, D., Moss, M., Fraysse, F., Rickman, M., & Solomon, L. (2017). Complications of trans arterial embolization during the resuscitation of pelvic fractures. Injury, 48(12), 2724-2729.
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2017 Arnold, J., Tu, C., Phan, T., Rickman, M., Varghese, V., Thewlis, D., & Solomon, L. (2017). Characteristics of postoperative weight bearing and management protocols for tibial plateau fractures: Findings from a scoping review. Injury, 48(12), 2634-2642.
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2017 Arnold, J., Caravaggi, P., Fraysse, F., Thewlis, D., & Leardini, A. (2017). Movement coordination patterns between the foot joints during walking. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 10(1), 1-7.
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2017 Fuller, J., Bellenger, C., Thewlis, D., Arnold, J., Thomson, R., Tsiros, M., . . . 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.
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2017 Roberts, B., Thewlis, D., Solomon, L., Mercer, G., Reynolds, K., & Perilli, E. (2017). Systematic mapping of the subchondral bone 3D microarchitecture in the human tibial plateau: Variations with joint alignment. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 35(9), 1927-1941.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC2
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.
DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
2017 Bishop, C., Hillier, S., & Thewlis, D. (2017). The reliability of the Adelaide in-shoe foot model. Gait and Posture, 56, 1-7.
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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.
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2017 Bartram, J., Thewlis, D., Martin, D., & Norton, K. (2017). Predicting critical power in elite cyclists: questioning validity of the 3-min All-out test. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(6), 783-787.
DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC2
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, 20(12), 1117-1122.
DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
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.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2017 Roberts, B., Solomon, L., Mercer, G., Reynolds, K., Thewlis, D., & Perilli, E. (2017). Joint loading and proximal tibia subchondral trabecular bone microarchitecture differ with walking gait patterns in end-stage knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 25(10), 1623-1632.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2
2017 Pearson-Dennett, V., Todd, G., Wilcox, R., Vogel, A., White, J., & Thewlis, D. (2017). History of cannabis use is associated with altered gait. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 178, 215-222.
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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.
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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.
DOI Scopus5 Europe PMC3
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.
DOI Scopus1
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.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
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.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC4
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.
DOI Scopus5 Europe PMC1
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.
DOI Scopus1
2016 Todd, G., Pearson-Dennett, V., Wilcox, R., Chau, M., Thoirs, K., Thewlis, D., . . . 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.
DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC5
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.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC2
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC2
2015 Hillier, S., Immink, M., & Thewlis, D. (2015). Assessing proprioception: a systematic review of possibilities. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 29(10), 933-949.
DOI Scopus35 WoS27 Europe PMC19
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.
DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC1
2015 Thewlis, D., Callary, S., Fraysse, F., & Solomon, L. (2015). Peak loading during walking is not associated with fracture migration following tibial plateau fracture: a preliminary case series. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 33(9), 1398-1406.
DOI Scopus7 WoS6
2015 Al-Dirini, R., Reed, M., & Thewlis, D. (2015). Deformation of the gluteal soft tissues during sitting. Clinical Biomechanics, 30(7), 662-668.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
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.
DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
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.
DOI Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC2
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.
DOI Scopus2 WoS3
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.
DOI Scopus8 WoS4 Europe PMC3
2015 Fuller, J., Bellenger, C., Thewlis, D., Tsiros, M., & Buckley, J. (2015). The effect of footwear on running performance and running economy in distance runners. Sports Medicine, 45(3), 411-422.
DOI Scopus19 WoS18 Europe PMC15
2015 Bain, G., Clitherow, H., Millar, S., Fraysse, F., Costi, J., Eng, K., . . . 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.
DOI Scopus8 WoS7 Europe PMC4
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.
DOI Scopus9 WoS5 Europe PMC5
2014 Pearson-Dennett, V., Flavel, S., Wilcox, R., Thewlis, D., Vogel, A., White, J., & Todd, G. (2014). Hand function is altered in individuals with a history of illicit stimulant use. PLoS One, 9(12), e115771-1-e115771-16.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC3
2014 Fraysse, F., Costi, J., Stanley, R., Ding, B., McGuire, D., Eng, K., . . . 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.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
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.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
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.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC4
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.
DOI Scopus16 WoS13 Europe PMC10
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.
DOI Scopus21 WoS19 Europe PMC14
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.
DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC6
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.
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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.
DOI Scopus11 WoS11 Europe PMC9
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.
DOI Scopus12 WoS11 Europe PMC9
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.
DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
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.
DOI Scopus5 WoS3 Europe PMC3
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.
DOI Scopus23 WoS22 Europe PMC6
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.
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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.
DOI Scopus4 WoS5 Europe PMC5
2012 Bishop, C., Paul, G., & Thewlis, D. (2012). Recommendations for the reporting of foot and ankle models. Journal of Biomechanics, 45(13), 2185-2194.
DOI Scopus11 WoS9 Europe PMC9
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.
DOI Scopus15 WoS13 Europe PMC8
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.
DOI Scopus5
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.
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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.
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2009 Richards, J., Thewlis, D., & Selfe, J. (2009). Direct and indirect biomechanical changes during gait following total knee arthroplasty. Gait & Posture, 30, S142.
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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.
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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.
DOI Scopus26 Europe PMC11
2008 Thewlis, D., Richards, J., & Hobbs, S. J. (2008). THE APPROPRIATENESS OF METHODS USED TO CALCULATE JOINT KINEMATICS. Journal of Biomechanics, 41, S320.
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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.
DOI Scopus12 Europe PMC7
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.
DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC6
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.
DOI Scopus29 Europe PMC9

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2012 Al-Dirini, R., Reed, M., Paul, G., & Thewlis, D. (2012). A subject-specific model of human. In Advances in Applied Mechanics Research, Conference Proceedings - 7th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, ACAM 2012 (pp. 191-200).
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. In Proceedings for the 18th Triennial International Ergonomics Association’s (IEA) Congress, as published in Work Vol. 41 (pp. 4218-4229). Recife, Brazil: IOS Press.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1

Conference Items

Year Citation
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. Poster session presented at the meeting of XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane, Australia.
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. Poster session presented at the meeting of XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane, Australia.
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. Poster session presented at the meeting of 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. Poster session presented at the meeting of ANZORS-RSA Joint Conference. Adelaide.
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
2017-2018

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

$235,000
2017

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.

$834,743
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.

$425,048.00
2016

AMP Foundation Limited.

Setting up girls for success in physical activity. Tsiros M, Mackintosh S, Thewlis D.

$19,000
2016

Defence Science & Technology Group – Department of Defence.

Maritime physical habitability standards. Thewlis D, Fraysse F, Tomkinson G.

$65,000
2016 - 2018

Defence Science & Technology Group – Department of Defence.

Enhanced Digital Human Models. Thewlis D, Fraysse F.

$339,186
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.

$8,496
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.

Thewlis D

$90,000
2014 - 2017

Defence Science & Technology Organization – Department of Defence.

  Effect of Transit on Musculoskeletal Health. Thewlis D, Tomkinson G.

$88,690
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.

$30,000

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Principal Supervisor Investigating the Local Mechanical Environment in Surgically Repaired Tibial Plateau Fractures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kieran James Bennett
2018 Principal Supervisor Orthopaedic Biomechanics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Arjun Sivakumar
2017 Principal Supervisor Development of a Model Combining Gait Analysis, Finite-Element Analysis and Bone Biopsies to better understand Aseptic loosening Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Thomas Michael Grace
2015 Co-Supervisor Biomechanics of Back Pain in Lifting and Bending Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Erica Beaucage-Gauvreau

Other Supervision Activities

Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
2015 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Hip replacement biomechnaics University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Jasvir Bahl
2014 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Vibration biomechanics with defence University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Thomas Debenedictis
2014 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Biophysical model of cycling University of South Australia Doctorate Part Time Jason Bartram
2014 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Fracture biomechanics University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Stuart Millar
2013 - 2017 External Supervisor Bone biomechanics Flinders University Doctorate Full Time Bryant Roberts
2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Running biomechanics University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Joel Fuller
2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Plantar Heel pain biomechanics University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Chris Bishop
2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Flat foot management University of South Australia Doctorate Part Time Helen Banwell
2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Knee replacement biomechanics University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time John Arnold
2010 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Finite Element model of the pelvis University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Rami Mohamad Ameer Al-Dirini

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
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 - ongoing Member Program Advisory Committee University of South Australia
2009 - ongoing Member Program Management Team (Human Movement) University of South Australia
2009 - 2011 Member School Research Management Committee University of South Australia

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2015 - ongoing President Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society Australia
2005 - ongoing Member International Society of Biomechanics

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
2016 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Biomechanics
2016 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Biomechanics
2014 - ongoing Board Member Gait and Posture
2013 - ongoing Board Member Gait and Posture
Position
NHMRC R.D Wright Fellow
Phone
83137096
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, floor 7
Room Number
WS7060
Org Unit
Adelaide Medical School

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