Dominic Thewlis

Associate Professor Dominic Thewlis

NHMRC RD Wright Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I work in the field of biomechanics (the application of mechanics to understand biological phenomena), specifically orthopaedic (our bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments) biomechanics. I am a NHMRC R.D Wright Fellow (2017-2021). I am 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). I am the immediate Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, and editorial board member for the Journal of Biomechanics and Gait and Posture.

I have 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.

Research experience and track record

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 an exciting combination of biomechanical modelling methods, medial imaging, wearable sensors and patient reported outcome measures to explore these conditions. I have a secondary interest in movement disorders and the neurological control of movement.

I have the following projects available for new students in 2022-2023.

 
Title Description Level Start Special Reqs.
Multi-modal, multi-scale model of end-stage hip osteoarthritis We have established a internationally unique set of data on end-stage hip osteoarthritis which includes ex vivo and in vivo MRI and CT and MicroCT, locomotor biomechanics (gait lab), bone biopsies for gene expression studies, and clinical measures. Our goal is to better understand the interaction between mechanics, shape and structure and biology to shed new light on the disease process. The long term goal of this work is to translate these techniques in to early-stage osteoarthritis. HDR and Honours Semester 1 and 2 None
Functional outcomes for orthopaedic surgery using a state of the art instrumented gait analysis system We have established the only gait analysis facility located in an outpatient department in Australia. The facility includes a state of the art instrumented treadmill and inertial measurement units. Projects will establish new cohorts and follow them longitudinally. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the cutting edge of functional analysis for musculoskeletal conditions. Honours and HDR Semester 1 and 2 None
Pilot RCT for weight bearing after tibial plateau fracture We have established strong data to show that immediate weight bearing as tolerated by pain after surgical repair of tibial plateau fracture is safe. We are now looking to establish if there is evidence for better patient reported and clinical outcomes through a pilot RCT. We will use outcomes measures such as gait analysis and radiostereometric analysis. HDR Semester 1 and 2 None
Optimal control for simulating the outcome of orthopaedic surgery The goal of this work is to predict the functional (biomechanical) outcome of surgery where the goal is to change geometry, e.g. moving the hip joint centre medially in hip replacement. We will use model predictive control for these simulations and validate against a large dataset of already captured outcomes with known changes in geometry.  HDR Semester 1 and 2 None

 

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  • 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
    2003 University of Central Lancashire, Preston United Kingdom BSc (Hons)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Thewlis, D., Waters, A., Solomon, L. B., & Perilli, E. (2021). Investigating in vivo knee volumetric bone mineral density and walking gait mechanics in healthy people. Bone, 143, 115662.
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    2021 Bennett, K. J., Millar, S., Fraysse, F., Arnold, J., Atkins, G., Solomon, L., . . . Thewlis, D. (2021). Postoperative lower limb joint kinematics following tibial plateau fracture: a 2-year longitudinal study. Gait and Posture, 83, 20-25.
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    2021 Beaucage-Gauvreau, E., Brandon, S. C. E., Robertson, W. S. P., Fraser, R., Freeman, B. J. C., Graham, R. B., . . . Jones, C. F. (2021). Lumbar spine loads are reduced for activities of daily living when using a braced arm-to-thigh technique. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society, 30(4), 1035-1042.
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    2021 Rapagna, S., Roberts, B. C., Solomon, L. B., Reynolds, K. J., Thewlis, D., & Perilli, E. (2021). Tibial cartilage, subchondral bone plate and trabecular bone microarchitecture in varus- and valgus-osteoarthritis versus controls. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 39(9), 1988-1999.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2021 Millar, S. C., Fraysse, F., Arnold, J. B., Thewlis, D., & Solomon, L. B. (2021). 3D modelling of tibial plateau fractures: Variability in fracture location and characteristics across Schatzker fracture types. Injury, 52(8), 2415-2424.
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    2021 Bartram, J. C., Thewlis, D., Martin, D. T., & Norton, K. I. (2021). Erratum: Accuracy of W' recovery kinetics in high performance cyclists modeling intermittent work capacity (Int J Sports Physiol Perform (2018) 13: 6 (724-728) DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2017-0034). International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 16(2), 322.
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    2021 Grace, T. M., O'Rourke, D., Robertson, T., Perilli, E., Callary, S., Taylor, M., . . . Thewlis, D. (2021). A semi-automated method to quantitatively assess osteolytic lesion volume and bone mineral density within acetabular regions of interest from CT. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 1-13.
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    2021 C. Millar, S., Arnold, J. B., B. Solomon, L., Thewlis, D., & Fraysse, F. (2021). Development and evaluation of a method to define a tibial coordinate system through the fitting of geometric primitives. International Biomechanics, 8(1), 12-18.
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    2021 Bahl, J. S., Millar, S. C., Fraysse, F., Arnold, J. B., Taylor, M., Callary, S., . . . Thewlis, D. (2021). Changes in 24-Hour Physical Activity Patterns and Walking Gait Biomechanics After Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty: A 2-Year Follow-up Study. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 103(13), 1166-1174.
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    2021 Rapagna, S., Roberts, B. C., Solomon, L. B., Reynolds, K. J., Thewlis, D., & Perilli, E. (2021). Relationships between tibial articular cartilage, in vivo external joint moments and static alignment in end-stage knee osteoarthritis: a micro-CT study. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 1-10.
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    2021 Vogel, A. P., Pearson-Dennett, V., Magee, M., Wilcox, R. A., Esterman, A., Thewlis, D., . . . Todd, G. (2021). Adults with a history of recreational cannabis use have altered speech production. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 227, 108963.
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    2020 Debenedictis, T. A., Billing, D., Milanese, S., Furnell, A., Tomkinson, G., & Thewlis, D. (2020). The impact of the mechanical whole-body vibration experienced during military land transit on the physical attributes underpinning dismounted combatant physical performance: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 24(4), 380-385.
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    2020 Ladurner, A., Callary, S. A., Mitra, A., Rickman, M., Thewlis, D., & Solomon, L. B. (2020). Radiostereometric Analysis Allows Assessment of the Stability and Inducible Displacement of Pelvic Ring Disruptions during Healing: A Case Series.. J Clin Med, 9(11), 1-11.
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    2020 Beaucage-Gauvreau, E., Brandon, S. C. E., Robertson, W. S. P., Fraser, R., Freeman, B. J. C., Graham, R. B., . . . Jones, C. F. (2020). A braced arm-to-thigh (BATT) lifting technique reduces lumbar spine loads in healthy and low back pain participants. Journal of Biomechanics, 100, 109584-1-109584-10.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    2020 Sivakumar, A., Thewlis, D., Ladurner, A., Edwards, S., & Rickman, M. (2020). Proximal Femoral Nail Unlocked versus Locked (ProFNUL): a protocol for a multicentre, parallel-armed randomised controlled trial for the effect of femoral nail mode of lag screw locking and screw configuration in the treatment of intertrochanteric femur fractures. BMJ Open, 10(2), e032640-1-e032640-10.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2020 Callary, S. A., Jones, C. F., Kantar, K., Du Toit, H., Baker, M. P., Thewlis, D., . . . Solomon, L. B. (2020). A new approach to surgical management of tibial plateau fractures. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(3), 626-1-626-9.
    DOI Europe PMC1
    2020 Millar, S. C., Bennett, K., Fraysse, F., Arnold, J. B., Solomon, L. B., & Thewlis, D. (2020). Longitudinal changes in lower limb joint loading up to two years following tibial plateau fracture. Gait Posture, 78, 72-79.
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    2020 Bahl, J. S., Arnold, J. B., Taylor, M., Solomon, L. B., & Thewlis, D. (2020). Lower functioning patients demonstrate atypical hip joint loading before and following total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 38(7), 1-9.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 Tsiros, M., Brinsley, J., Mackintosh, S., & Thewlis, D. (2019). Relationships between adiposity and postural control in girls during balance tasks of varying difficulty. Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 13(4), 358-364.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2019 Todd, G., Burns, L., Pearson-Dennett, V., Esterman, A., Faulkner, P. L., Wilcox, R. A., . . . White, J. M. (2019). Prevalence of self-reported movement dysfunction among young adults with a history of ecstasy and methamphetamine use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 205, 107595-1-107595-9.
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    2019 Fuller, J., Thewlis, D., Tsiros, M., Brown, N., Hamill, J., & Buckley, J. (2019). Longer-term effects of minimalist shoes on running performance, strength and bone density: a 20-week follow-up study. European Journal of Sport Science, 19(3), 402-412.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2019 Bellenger, C., Arnold, J., Buckley, J., Thewlis, D., & Fuller, J. (2019). Detrended fluctuation analysis detects altered coordination of running gait in athletes following a heavy period of training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(3), 294-299.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS6 Europe PMC2
    2019 Beaucage-Gauvreau, E., Robertson, W. S. P., Brandon, S. C. E., Fraser, R., Freeman, B. J. C., Graham, R. B., . . . Jones, C. F. (2019). Validation of an OpenSim full-body model with detailed lumbar spine for estimating lower lumbar spine loads during symmetric and asymmetric lifting tasks. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 22(5), 451-464.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS14 Europe PMC4
    2019 Bahl, J., Zhang, J., Killen, B., Taylor, M., Solomon, L., Arnold, J., . . . Thewlis, D. (2019). Statistical shape modelling versus linear scaling: effects on predictions of hip joint centre location and muscle moment arms in people with hip osteoarthritis. Journal of Biomechanics, 85, 164-172.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS14 Europe PMC4
    2019 Pearson-Dennett, V., Faulkner, P., Collie, B., Wilcox, R., Vogel, A., Thewlis, D., . . . Todd, G. (2019). Use of illicit amphetamines is associated with long-lasting changes in hand circuitry and control. Clinical Neurophysiology, 130(5), 655-665.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2019 Thewlis, D., Bahl, J., Fraysse, F., Curness, K., Arnold, J., Taylor, M., . . . Solomon, L. (2019). Objectively measured 24-hour activity profiles before and after total hip arthroplasty. The Bone & Joint Journal, 101-B(4), 415-425.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2019 Yeomans, J., Thwaites, S., Robertson, W. S., Booth, D., Ng, B., & Thewlis, D. (2019). Simulating time-series data for improved deep neural network performance. IEEE Access, 7, 131248-131255.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS3
    2018 Debenedictis, T., Fraysse, F., Milanese, S., Tomkinson, G., Billing, D., Furnell, A., & Thewlis, D. (2018). The Simulation of the Whole-Body Vibration Experienced During Military Land Transit. Human Factors and Mechanical Engineering for Defense and Safety, 2(1), 1-9.
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    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.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS13 Europe PMC4
    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.
    DOI Scopus32 WoS28 Europe PMC8
    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, 26(7), 847-863.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS30 Europe PMC18
    2018 Solomon, L., Kitchen, D., Anderson, P., Yang, D., Starczak, Y., Kogawa, M., . . . Atkins, G. (2018). Time dependent loss of trabecular bone in human tibial plateau fractures. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 36(11), 2865-2875.
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    2018 Bishop, C., Thewlis, D., & Hillier, S. (2018). Custom foot orthoses improve first-step pain in individuals with unilateral plantar fasciopathy: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 19(1), 222-1-222-11.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS7 Europe PMC5
    2018 Bartram, J., Thewlis, D., Martin, D., & Norton, K. (2018). Accuracy of W' recovery kinetics in high performance cyclists-modeling intermittent work capacity. International journal of sports physiology and performance, 13(6), 724-728.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS13 Europe PMC6
    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.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2
    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.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    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.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11 Europe PMC2
    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.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS4 Europe PMC1
    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.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS11 Europe PMC5
    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 Scopus29 WoS22 Europe PMC9
    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 Scopus20 WoS17 Europe PMC6
    2017 Bishop, C., Hillier, S., & Thewlis, D. (2017). The reliability of the Adelaide in-shoe foot model. Gait and Posture, 56, 1-7.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC1
    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 Scopus12 WoS14 Europe PMC4
    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 Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC5
    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 Scopus14 WoS10 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus12 WoS11 Europe PMC3
    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.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC2
    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.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    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 Scopus9 WoS10 Europe PMC5
    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 Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus26 WoS22 Europe PMC11
    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 Scopus19 WoS16 Europe PMC12
    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 Scopus22 WoS20 Europe PMC4
    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 Scopus22 WoS22 Europe PMC13
    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 Scopus9 WoS10 Europe PMC3
    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. C., Thewlis, D., Solomon, L. B., Mercer, G., Reynolds, K. J., & 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. C., Thewlis, D., Solomon, L. B., Mercer, G., Reynolds, K. J., & 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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    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.
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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(Suppl. 1), 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 Scopus8 WoS6 Europe PMC7
    2015 Hillier, S., Immink, M., & Thewlis, D. (2015). Assessing proprioception: a systematic review of possibilities. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 29(10), 933-949.
    DOI Scopus110 WoS104 Europe PMC54
    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 Scopus12 WoS11 Europe PMC7
    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 Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC3
    2015 Al-Dirini, R., Reed, M., & Thewlis, D. (2015). Deformation of the gluteal soft tissues during sitting. Clinical Biomechanics, 30(7), 662-668.
    DOI Scopus14 WoS12 Europe PMC5
    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 Scopus7 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus20 WoS16 Europe PMC7
    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 Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC2
    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 Scopus20 WoS15 Europe PMC4
    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 Scopus58 WoS54 Europe PMC38
    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 Scopus16 WoS17 Europe PMC8
    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 Scopus20 WoS10 Europe PMC8
    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 Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC4
    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 Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC3
    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 Scopus6 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    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 Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC6
    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 Scopus54 WoS41 Europe PMC19
    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 Scopus42 WoS38 Europe PMC24
    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 Scopus16 WoS13 Europe PMC8
    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 Scopus16 WoS15 Europe PMC10
    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 Scopus21 WoS19 Europe PMC13
    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 Scopus8 WoS6 Europe PMC4
    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 WoS51 Europe PMC18
    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.
    DOI Scopus2
    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 Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC7
    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 Scopus25 WoS24 Europe PMC14
    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 Scopus23 WoS21 Europe PMC13
    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.
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    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 Scopus34 WoS27 Europe PMC15
    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 Scopus12 WoS15 Europe PMC7
    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 Scopus15 WoS14 Europe PMC9
    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 Scopus35 WoS24 Europe PMC9
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2021 Bennett, K., Rapagna, S., Wearne, L., Martelli, S., Atkins, G., Solomon, B., . . . Thewlis, D. (2021). Preliminary Micro-CT Imaging of the Human Tibial Plateau Under Load. In XXVIII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB). Stockholm, Sweden.
    2019 Grace, T. M., O'Rourke, D., Atkins, G., Taylor, M., Solomon, B., & Thewlis, D. (2019). The Development and Reliability of a Semi-Automated Method to Split the Acetabulum into Clinically Relevant Regions of Interest. In ANZORS 25th Annual Scientific Meeting. Canberra.
    2019 Grace, T., Atkins, G., Taylor, M., Solomon, B., & Thewlis, D. (2019). The Feasibility of a Workflow for Investigating Peri-Prosthetic Osteolysis. In AOA SA/NT Branch Scientific Meeting. Adelaide.
    2019 Bennett, K. J., Millar, S., Fraysse, F., Arnold, J., Solomon, L. B., Martelli, S., & Thewlis, D. (2019). Longitudinal Postoperative Joint Kinematics of Tibial Plateau Fracture Patients. In XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics Conference Proceedings. Calgary, Canada.
    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). Adelaide, South Australia.
    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 Europe PMC1
    2007 Dey, P., Thewlis, D., McCullough, K., Goodacre, L., & Richards, J. (2007). Quality of movement in obesity. In INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBESITY Vol. 31 (pp. S211). Budapest, HUNGARY: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2021 Bennett, K., Pizzolato, C., Martelli, S., Bahl, J., Sivakumar, A., Atkins, G., . . . Thewlis, D. (2021). Estimations of Knee Joint Loading Using Generalized Methods and Muscle Recruitment Strategies. Poster session presented at the meeting of XXVIII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB).
    2019 Bennett, K. J., Millar, S., Fraysse, F., Arnold, J., Atkins, G., Solomon, L., . . . Thewlis, D. (2019). Longitudinal Postoperative Joint Kinematics of Tibial Plateau Fracture Patients. Poster session presented at the meeting of ANZORS 25th Annual Scientific Meeting. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
    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.
  • Software

    Year Citation
    2019 Beaucage-Gauvreau, É., Jones, C., Thewlis, D., Robertson, W., Freeman, B., Fraser, R., . . . Brandon, S. (2019). Lifting Full-Body (LFB) Model [Online]. https://simtk.org/projects/lfbmodel: SimTK.
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) $5.5M in external funding.

Current external funding
  Project Investigators Funding agency AU$000
2018-2021 Extraction and fusion of soft biometrics for person identification Thewlis, Ng, Robertson, Booth DST Group & The University of Adelaide 176
2017-2021 Improving the functional outcomes of lower limb orthopaedic surgery Thewlis NHMRC 425
2019-2021 Phase 2 trial for a novel therapy for knee osteoarthritis Rickman & Thewlis Xalud Theraputics 1200

 

I currently coordinate Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Human Movement (ORT&TRAU 2016). I also contribute to the teaching in Musculoskeletal Biomechanics and Health (ORT&TRAU 3000).

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Assessing the impact of latency on human perceptual ability and movement Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Marlon Blencowe
    2021 Principal Supervisor Developing a computer vision-based machine learning pipeline for the production of standard biomechanical outcome data Master of Philosophy (Surgery) Master Full Time Mr Christopher Kurrin Whalley
    2021 Principal Supervisor Biomechanical Predictors of Fatigue in Runners using Inertial Measurement Units Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Grace Eva McConnochie
    2020 Principal Supervisor Development and validation of an integrated gait recognition system with a deep-learning architecture. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kayne Andrew Duncanson
    2019 Principal Supervisor Functional Outcomes of Suprapatellar Versus Infrapatellar Approach for Intramedullary Nailing of Tibial Shaft Fractures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Simon Thwaites
    2019 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 Variations in Hip Biomechanics and Function with Femoral Nail Screw Configuration and Mode of Proximal Fixation in the Treatment of Intertrochanteric Femoral Fractures: A Randomised Controlled Trial Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Arjun Sivakumar
    2018 Principal Supervisor The Relationship Between Running Related Injuries and Training Intensity Distribution Amongst Recreational Runners: An Observational Study Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Mr Michael John Nitschke
    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
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Postural alignment and recovery of mobility after acquired brain injury Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Simon James Mills
    2015 - 2019 Co-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
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Hip replacement biomechnaics University of South Australia Doctorate Full Time Jasvir Bahl
    2014 - 2018 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 - 2020 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
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  • 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 RD Wright Fellow
  • Phone: 83137096
  • Email: dominic.thewlis@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 7
  • Room: WS7060
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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