Dr. Janie Wilson – Faculty of Engineering
Janie Wilson

Dr. Janie Wilson


Orthopaedic biomechanics, musculoskeletal biomechanics, gait analysis, osteoarthritis, orthopaedic surgery, implants and surgery outcomes
  • Instructor

    Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences


Other role: Professor, Department of Surgery, McMaster University

My research program spans the areas of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal biomechanics, gait analysis, and biomechanical and statistical modeling.

Other research areas of interest include exploring the natural variability in coordination strategies with healthy movement mechanics, specifically during walking and running gait, and how factors such as aging, sex and obesity can influence gait mechanics. Understanding deviations in healthy mechanics due to risk factors provides the framework for pre-pathology models. I also have an interest in understanding musculoskeletal injury mechanisms, and have been involved in research on barefoot running mechanics, as well as research into anterior cruciate ligament injury.

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  • 2007 Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • 2002 M.A.Sc., Biomedical Engineering Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • 2000 B.Sc.Eng. with Honours, Mathematics and Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Queen’s
  • Fellow of the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies
  • Past President, Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Section Officer, Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Member of Steering Committee, Bone and Joint Canada
  • Conference Chair, Canadian Society for Biomechanics 2018
  • 2013 School of Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award, Dalhousie University


  1. Laende E, Astephen Wilson JL, Mills Flemming J, Richardson G, Dunbar MJ, Richardson G. 2018. Equivalent stabilization of uncemented tibial component migration despite higher early migration compared to cemented fixation: An RSA study on 360 total knee arthroplasties. Acta Orthopaedics
  2. Hurry JK, Rehan S, Astephen Wilson JL, Spurway A, Logan K, El-Hawary R. The reliability of radiostereometric analysis in determining physeal motion in slipped capital femoral epiphysis in standard uniplanar and low-dose EOS biplanar radiography: A phantom model study’. 2018. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.
  3. Astephen Wilson JL, Stanish WD, Hubley-Kozey CL. 2017. Asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals with the same radiographic evidence of knee osteoarthritis walk with different knee moments and muscle activity. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 35(8), 1661-1670.
  4. Tam N, Astephen Wilson JL, Coetzee DR, van Pletsen L, Tucker R. 2016. Loading rate increases during barefoot running in habitually shod runners: Individual responses to an unfamiliar condition. Gait Posture. May; 46: 47-52.
  5. Tam N, Tucker, R, Astephen Wilson JL. 2016. Individual responses to a barefoot running program: Insight into risk of injury. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Mar; 44(3): 777-84.
  6. Harding G, Dunbar MJ, Stanish WD, Hubley-Kozey CL, Astephen Wilson JL. 2016. Obesity and the Presence of Moderate Knee Osteoarthritis Affect Tibiofemoral Contact Forces during Gait. Clinical Biomechanics, Jan;31:79-86.
  7. Amiri P, Hubley-Kozey CL, Stanish WD, Astephen Wilson JL. 2015. Obesity is associated with prolonged activity of the quadriceps and gastrocnemii during gait. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology Dec; 25(6): 951-8.
  8. Young KL, Dunbar MJ, Richardson G, Astephen Wilson JL. 2015. Intraoperative Passive Kinematics during total knee arthroplasty. Journal of Orthopedic Research. Nov; 33(11): 1611-9.
  9. Tam, N, Tucker R, Astephen Wilson JL, Santos-Concejero J. 2015. Effect on oxygen cost of transport from 8-weeks of progressive training with barefoot running. Int J Sports Med. Nov; 36(13): 1100-5.
  10. Astephen Wilson JL, Dunbar MJ, Hubley-Kozey CL. 2015. Knee Joint Biomechanics and Neuromuscular Control during Gait Before and After Total Knee Arthroplasty are Sex-Specific. Journal of Arthroplasty. Jan;30(1):118-25.
  11. Wilson DA, Astephen Wilson JL, Richardson G, Dunbar MJ. 2014. Changes in the functional flexion axis of the knee before and after total knee arthroplasty using a navigation system. Journal of Arthroplasty. Jul; 29(7): 1388-93.
  12. Tam N, Astephen Wilson JL, Noakes TD, Tucker R. 2014. Barefoot Running: An Evaluation of Current Hypothesis, Future Research, and Clinical Applications, British Journal of Sports Medicine, March, 48(5), 349-55.
  13. Robbins S, Astephen Wilson JL, Rutherford DJ, Hubley-Kozey CL. 2013. Reliability of Principal Components and Discrete Parameters of Knee Angle and Moment Gait Waveforms in Individuals with Moderate Knee Osteoarthritis. Gait and Posture. July, 38(3), 421-7.
  14. Harding GT, Hubley-Kozey CL, Stanish WD, Dunbar MJ, Astephen Wilson JL. 2012. Body Mass Index Affects Knee Joint Mechanics during Gait Differently with and without Moderate Knee Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Nov; 20(11): 1234-42.
  15. RD Roda, JL Astephen Wilson*, DAJ Wilson, G Richardson, MJ Dunbar. 2012. The Knee Adduction Moment during Gait is Associated with the Adduction Angle Measured during Computer-Assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty, Journal Arthroplasty. Jun; 27(6): 1244-50. (*senior, corresponding author)
  16. Wilson DAJ, Hubley-Kozey CL, Astephen Wilson JL, Dunbar MJ. 2012. Preoperative Muscle Activation Patterns During Walking Affect Tibial Implant Migration. Clinical Biomechanics. 27(9), 936-942.
  17. Astephen Wilson JL. (2012) Challenges in Dealing with Walking Speed in Knee Osteoarthritis Gait Analysis. Clinical Biomechanics Mar; 27(3):210-212.