Dr. Thomas R. Jenkyn is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). He is also the Co-Director of the Wolf Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory (WOBL) and the Director of the Wolf Orthopaedic Quantitative Imaging Laboratory (WOQIL), both located within the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic on UWO campus. Dr. Jenkyn has also been a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 2004.
His research program involves the development and application of advanced optical and fluoroscopic motion analyses to investigate the biomechanics of healthy and pathological articular joints. His research has a particular focus on the onset and progression of osteoarthritis (OA) and other degenerative musculoskeletal diseases, and their treatment through surgery and rehabilitation. With respect to fluoroscopic motion analysis, Dr. Jenkyn has previously been supported by a Canada Innovation Fund New Investigator Award that allowed him to build the first Bi-planar Fluoroscopic Radiostereometric Analysis (fRSA) Lab in Canada (WOQIL). This facility is currently active in the identification of precursor pathological kinematics and accompanying kinetics in joints that develop OA. The lab has recently started investigating the influence of footwear and orthotics on the bone kinematics of the foot during weight-bearing, functional activities. This research is funded by an NSERC Discovery Grant and is likely to lead to patentable therapeutic devices that are good candidates for commercialization. Dr. Jenkyn is also active researching elite sport biomechanics with his collaboration with the Canadian Curling Association and Rowing Canada Aviron. This research involves national and Olympic level athletes.