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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Jon Cornwall

PositionEducation Adviser and Senior Lecturer
QualificationsDipPhty BSc(Physiology) MSc(Anatomy) DMPhty PGCertTertT PhD
Research summaryBioethical issues surrounding posthumous human assets, muscle biology
Memberships

Federative International Committee for Ethics in the Medical Humanities (FICEM)

Research

Dr Jon Cornwall is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Early Learning in Medicine, Otago Medical School. Originally trained as a physiotherapist and clinical anatomist, Jon works in medical education and has research interests in posthumous human assets, including the posthumous utility of bodies, organs, and health information in healthcare and education. His other research interest is the functional morphology of spinal muscles, and muscle biology including age-related change in spinal muscle function.

He is a member of the Federative International Committee of Ethics in the Medical Humanities, the group that oversees ethical processes surrounding body donation for the International Federation of Association of Anatomists, and serves on the editorial board of several anatomy journals.

Publications

Klima, S., Cornwall, J., Kieser, D., & Hammer, N. (2019). The utility and benefit of a newly established postgraduate training course in surgical exposures for orthopedic and trauma surgery. Archives of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00402-019-03189-5

Farrell, S. F., Stanwell, P., Cornwall, J., & Osmotherly, P. G. (2019). Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging assessment of lateral atlantoaxial joint meniscoid composition: A validation study. European Spine Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00586-018-05868-0

Wainman, B. C., & Cornwall, J. (2019). Body donation after medically assisted death: An emerging consideration for donor programs. Anatomical Sciences Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ase.1874

Cornwall, J., & Hildebrandt, S. (2019). Anatomy, education, and ethics in a changing world. Anatomical Sciences Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ase.1898

Gillon, A., Nielsen, K., Steel, C., Cornwall, J., & Sheard, P. (2018). Exercise attenuates age-associated changes in motoneuron number, nucleocytoplasmic transport proteins and neuromuscular health. GeoScience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11357-018-0020-4

Chapter in Book - Research

Cornwall, J. (2015). Evaluating your own performance in leading a small group discussion. In L. K. Chan & W. Pawlina (Eds.), Teaching anatomy: A practical guide. (pp. 165-171). Cham: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-08930-0_19

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Journal - Research Article

Klima, S., Cornwall, J., Kieser, D., & Hammer, N. (2019). The utility and benefit of a newly established postgraduate training course in surgical exposures for orthopedic and trauma surgery. Archives of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00402-019-03189-5

Wainman, B. C., & Cornwall, J. (2019). Body donation after medically assisted death: An emerging consideration for donor programs. Anatomical Sciences Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ase.1874

Farrell, S. F., Stanwell, P., Cornwall, J., & Osmotherly, P. G. (2019). Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging assessment of lateral atlantoaxial joint meniscoid composition: A validation study. European Spine Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00586-018-05868-0

Gillon, A., Nielsen, K., Steel, C., Cornwall, J., & Sheard, P. (2018). Exercise attenuates age-associated changes in motoneuron number, nucleocytoplasmic transport proteins and neuromuscular health. GeoScience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11357-018-0020-4

Cornwall, J., Mayland, E. C., van der Meer, J., Spronken-Smith, R. A., Tustin, C., & Blyth, P. (2018). Stressors in early-stage doctoral students. Studies in Continuing Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/0158037X.2018.1534821

Cornwall, J., Poppelwell, Z., & McManus, R. (2018). "Why did you really do it?" A mixed-method analysis of the factors underpinning motivations to register as a body donor. Anatomical Sciences Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ase.1796

Elliott, J. M., Cornwall, J., Kennedy, E., Abbott, R., & Crawford, R. J. (2018). Towards defining muscular regions of interest from axial magnetic resonance imaging with anatomical cross-reference: Part II: Cervical spine musculature. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 19, 171. doi: 10.1186/s12891-018-2074-y

Farrell, S. F., Khan, S., Osmotherly, P. G., Sterling, M., Cornwall, J., & Rivett, D. A. (2018). Lateral atlantoaxial joint meniscoid volume in individuals with whiplash associated disorder: A case-control study. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 33, 46-52. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.11.004

Jones, M. A., & Cornwall, J. (2018). "It's hard to ask": Examining the factors influencing decision-making among end-stage renal disease patients considering approaching family and friends for a kidney. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1474), 10-19. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Hoeksema, K., Wee, R., Macdonald, A., Guilford, P., Wall, J., & Cornwall, J. (2017). Where to from here? Posthumous healthcare data, digital e(lectronic)-mortality and New Zealand’s healthcare future. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1459), 64-70. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Klima, S., Hepp, P., Löffler, S., Cornwall, J., & Hammer, N. (2017). A novel phased-concept course for the delivery of anatomy and orthopedics training in medical education. Anatomical Sciences Education, 10(4), 372-382. doi: 10.1002/ase.1675

Lal, N., Cornwall, J., & Dias, G. J. (2016). Orbital indices in a modern Sinhalese Sri Lankan population. Anatomy, 10(3), 205-210. doi: 10.2399/ana.16.045

Cornwall, J., & Roy, M. (2016). Does your pig go 'knor'? Medical students' skills in using animal sounds as a cross-cultural paediatric engagement tool. Medical Education, 50(12), 1211-1213. doi: 10.1111/medu.13085

Farrell, S. F., Osmotherly, P. G., Cornwall, J., & Rivett, D. A. (2016). Immunohistochemical investigation of nerve fiber presence and morphology in elderly cervical spine meniscoids. Spine Journal, 16(10), 1244-1252. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2016.06.004

Cornwall, J., Callahan, D., & Wee, R. (2016). Ethical issues surrounding the use of images from donated cadavers in the anatomical sciences. Clinical Anatomy, 29(1), 30-36. doi: 10.1002/ca.22644

Farrell, S. F., Osmotherly, P. G., Cornwall, J., Lau, P., & Rivett, D. A. (2016). Morphology of cervical spine meniscoids in individuals with chronic whiplash-associated disorder: A case-control study. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 46(10), 902-910. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2016.6702

Farrell, S. F., Osmotherly, P. G., Cornwall, J., & Rivett, D. A. (2016). Morphology and morphometry of lateral atlantoaxial joint meniscoids. Anatomical Science International, 91(1), 89-96. doi: 10.1007/s12565-015-0276-z

Cornwall, J., Farrell, S. F., & Sheard, P. W. (2016). Fibre types of human suboccipital muscles. European Journal of Anatomy, 20(1), 31-36.

Miller, A., Woodley, S. J., & Cornwall, J. (2016). Fibre type composition of female longus capitis and longus colli muscles. Anatomical Science International, 91(2), 163-168. doi: 10.1007/s12565-015-0280-3

Cornwall, J., Robinson, B., & Sika-Paotonu, D. (2016). The availability of clinical anatomy in postgraduate nursing education in New Zealand. Anatomy, 10(2), 138-142. doi: 10.2399/ana.16.022

Cornwall, J., Kirkwood, J., Clark, G., Silvey, S., Appleby, R. D., Wolkenhauer, S. M., Panjabi, J., … Abbott, M. (2015). Can a short intensive course affect entrepreneurial ability, knowledge and intent, or further entrepreneurial study? An assessment of the SEED programme, Dunedin, New Zealand. Industry & Higher Education, 29(5), 397-404. doi: 10.5367/ihe.2015.0273

Stoner, L., Chinn, V., Cornwall, J., Meikle, G., Page, R., Lambrick, D., & Faulkner, J. (2015). Reliability tests and guidelines for B-mode ultrasound assessment of central adiposity. European Journal of Clinical Investigation, 45(11), 1200-1208. doi: 10.1111/eci.12540

Cornwall, J., Schafer, C., Lal, N., D'Costa, R., & Nada-Raja, S. (2015). New Zealand university students' knowledge and attitudes to organ and tissue donation. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1418). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Dias, G. J., de Silva, R. K., Shah, T., Sim, E., Song, N., Colombage, S., & Cornwall, J. (2015). Multivariate assessment of site of lingual nerve. British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 53(4), 347-351. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2015.01.011

Dias, G. J., Lal, N., Chandrasekera, M., & Cornwall, J. (2015). Identification of the posterior deep temporal nerve groove and canal, and its relationship to basicranial angle. Anatomical Science International, 90(4), 256-263. doi: 10.1007/s12565-014-0260-z

Farrell, S., Osmotherly, P. G., Rivett, D. A., & Cornwall, J. (2015). Formic acid demineralization does not affect the morphometry of cervical zygapophyseal joint meniscoids. Anatomical Science International, 90(1), 57-63. doi: 10.1007/s12565-014-0248-8

Farrell, S., Osmotherly, P. G., Cornwall, J., & Rivett, D. A. (2015). The anatomy and morphometry of cervical zygapophyseal joint meniscoids. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy, 37, 799-807. doi: 10.1007/s00276-014-1406-3

Cornwall, J., & Kennedy, E. (2015). Fiber types of the anterior and lateral cervical muscles in elderly males. European Spine Journal, 24(9), 1986-1991. doi: 10.1007/s00586-015-3795-3

Farrell, S. F., Davies, T. M., & Cornwall, J. (2015). Use of clinical anatomy resources by musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapists in Australian Public Hospitals: A cross-sectional study. Physiotherapy Canada, 67(3), 273-279. doi: 10.3138/ptc.2014-38E

Dias, G. J., Koh, J. M. C., & Cornwall, J. (2015). The origin of the auriculotemporal nerve and its relationship to the middle meningeal artery. Anatomical Science International, 90(4), 216-221. doi: 10.1007/s12565-014-0247-9

Dias, G. J., Perumal, V., Smith, C., & Cornwall, J. (2014). The relationship between jugular foramen asymmetry and superior sagittal venous sinus laterality. Anthropological Science, 122(2), 115-120. doi: 10.1537/ase.140615

Cornwall, J. (2014). Annual variation of body donor registrations in New Zealand. European Journal of Anatomy, 18(1), 55-59.

Davies, T. M., Cornwall, J., & Sheard, P. W. (2013). Modelling dichotomously marked muscle fibre configurations. Statistics in Medicine, 32(24), 4240-4258. doi: 10.1002/sim.5806

Cornwall, J., Davies, T. M., & Lees, D. (2013). Student injuries in the dissecting room. Anatomical Sciences Education, 6(6), 404-409. doi: 10.1002/ase.1363

Hughes, K. A., Cornwall, J., Theis, J.-C., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2013). Bacterial contamination of unused, disposable non-sterile gloves on a hospital orthopaedic ward. Australasian Medical Journal, 6(6), 331-338. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2013.1675

Cornwall, J., & Pollard, M. F. (2012). Evaluation of free i-applications for tertiary level gross anatomy education. Australasian Medical Journal, 5(4), 239-242. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2012.1249

Cornwall, J., Perry, G. F., Louw, G., & Stringer, M. D. (2012). Who donates their body to science? An international, multicenter, prospective study. Anatomical Sciences Education, 5(4), 208-216. doi: 10.1002/ase.1278

Cornwall, J. (2011). Are nursing students safe when choosing gluteal intramuscular injection locations? Australasian Medical Journal, 4(6), 315-321. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2011.764

Cornwall, J. (2011). Using a pictorial quiz to facilitate learning during nursing science lectures. Practice & Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, 6(2), 135-154.

Cornwall, J. (2011). The diverse utility of wet prosections and plastinated specimens in teaching gross anatomy in New Zealand. Anatomical Sciences Education, 4(5), 269-274. doi: 10.1002/ase.245

Cornwall, J., Stringer, M. D., & Duxson, M. (2011). Functional morphology of the thoracolumbar transversospinal muscles. Spine, 36(16), E1053-E1061. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181f79629

Cornwall, J., Deries, M., & Duxson, M. (2010). Morphology of the lumbar transversospinal muscles examined in a mouse bearing a muscle fiber-specific nuclear marker. Anatomical Record, 293(12), 2107-2113. doi: 10.1002/ar.21265

Cornwall, J., & Stringer, M. D. (2009). The wider importance of cadavers: Educational and research diversity from a body bequest program. Anatomical Sciences Education, 2(5), 234-237. doi: 10.1002/ase.103

Cornwall, J., & Stringer, M. D. (2008). Physical injuries in the dissecting room. Clinical Anatomy, 21(1), 82-85. doi: 10.1002/ca.20566

Cornwall, J., & Mercer, S. (2006). Thoracic zygapophysial joint palpation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 34(2), 56-59.

Cornwall, J., Harris, A. J., & Mercer, S. R. (2006). The lumbar multifidus muscle and patterns of pain. Manual Therapy, 11(1), 40-45. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2005.02.002

Cornwall, J., Mercer, S. M., & Harris, A. J. (2000). Pain of cortical origin - Implications for treatment. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, March, 29-32.

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Journal - Research Other

Cornwall, J., & Hildebrandt, S. (2019). Anatomy, education, and ethics in a changing world. Anatomical Sciences Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ase.1898

Cornwall, J., Elliott, J. M., Walton, D. M., & Osmotherly, P. G. (2018). Clinical genomics in physical therapy: Where to from here? Physical Therapy, pzy069. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy069

Kershaw, C., McIntosh, J., Marques, B., Cornwall, J., Stoner, L., & Wood, P. (2017). A potential role for outdoor, interactive spaces as a healthcare intervention for older persons. Perspectives in Public Health, 137(4), 212-213. doi: 10.1177/1757913917709402

Ferrara, P.-M., Stoner, L., & Cornwall, J. (2017). Diagnosis of childhood obesity using BMI: Potential ethicolegal implications and downstream effects. Obesity Reviews, 18(3), 380-381. doi: 10.1111/obr.12510

Farrell, S. F., Osmotherly, P. G., Cornwall, J., Sterling, M., & Rivett, D. A. (2017). Cervical spine meniscoids: An update on their morphological characteristics and potential clinical significance. European Spine Journal, 26, 939-947. doi: 10.1007/s00586-016-4915-4

Cornwall, J. (2017). Body donation and digital technology: The ethical issues. Anatomy, 11(1), 42-45. doi: 10.2399/ana.16.061

Cornwall, J., & Finnegan, M. (2017). Comment on Hannah et al. and the ongoing relevance of clinical anatomy. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 29, e19-e20. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.01.015

Crawford, R. J., Cornwall, J., Abbott, R., & Elliott, J. M. (2017). Manually defining regions of interest when quantifying paravertebral muscles fatty infiltration from axial magnetic resonance imaging: A proposed method for the lumbar spine with anatomical cross-reference. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 18, 25. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-1378-z

Farrell, S. F., Petcu, E. B., Cornwall, J., Rivett, D. A., & Osmotherly, P. G. (2017). An ectopic intrameduallary hematopoietic niche in a cervical spine meniscoid: A case report. Vascular Cell, 9(1), 3. doi: 10.24238/13221-9-1-173

Cornwall, J., & Stoner, L. (2015). School-based health interventions should be assessed with measures of fitness and fatness: Comment on ‘Beyond the randomised controlled trial and BMI – evaluation of effectiveness of through-school nutrition and physical activity. Public Health Nutrition, 18(11), 2094. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015001378

Cornwall, J., Schafer, C., D'Costa, R., Lal, N., & Nada-Raja, S. (2015). Do non-body donors understand what the term “Body donation” really means? Anatomical Sciences Education, 8(6), 593-594. doi: 10.1002/ase.1561

Cornwall, J., & Smith, C. (2014). Anatomical models by F.J. Steger (1845-1938): The University of Otago collection. European Journal of Anatomy, 18(3), 209-211. [Letter].

Stoner, L., & Cornwall, J. (2014). Did the American Medical Association make the correct decision classifying obesity as a disease? Australasian Medical Journal, 7(11), 462-464. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2014.2281

Cornwall, J., & Stringer, M. D. (2014). Are computed tomography scans of cadavers perceived as a useful educational adjunct in a surgical anatomy course? Anatomical Sciences Education, 7(1), 77. doi: 10.1002/ase.1392

Cornwall, J., Samarakoon, L., Antony, D. J., & Dias, G. J. (2014). Morphological and degenerative changes in a suspected post-traumatic bifid mandibular condyle. Anatomy, 8, 27-31. doi: 10.2399/ana.14.042

Kaveeshwar, S. A., & Cornwall, J. (2014). The current state of diabetes mellitus in India. Australasian Medical Journal, 7(1), 45-48. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2014.1979

Cornwall, J., Slatter, T., Guilford, P., Print, C. G., Henaghan, M., & Wee, R. (2014). Culture, law, ethics, and social implications: Is society ready for advanced genomic medicine? Australasian Medical Journal, 7(4), 200-202. doi: 10.4066/amj.2014.2069

Cornwall, J., & Osmotherly, P. (2014). Genomic medicine and the future of physiotherapy. Australasian Medical Journal, 7(8), 361-362. doi: 10.4066/amj.2014.2218

Cornwall, J. (2014). The "hands together" method of nonsterile scalpel blade mounting and removal [Short communication]. Anatomical Sciences Education, 7(2), 161-166. doi: 10.1002/ase.1414

Cornwall, J. (2014). The future of primary healthcare in Australia: Where to from here? Australasian Medical Journal, 7(2), 78-80. doi: 10.4066/amj.2014.1959

Pacheco-Páramo, J. F., & Cornwall, J. (2013). A reflection on current obstetrics and gynaecology research in India. Australasian Medical Journal, 6(12), 708-712. doi: 10.4066/amj.2013.1953

Melloh, M., Hodgson, B., Carstens, A., & Cornwall, J. (2013). Vascularized fibula strut graft used in neurofibromatosis type 1-related kyphosis: A case of almost complete reversal of deformity-induced tetraparesis. Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal, 4, 59-61. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1341599

Cornwall, J. (2013). Perhaps we don't know what we thought we knew: Why clinicians need to re-visit and re-engage with clinical anatomy. Australasian Medical Journal, 6(6), 339-340. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2013.1676

Cornwall, J., & Melloh, M. (2012). Do New Zealand nurses claim more lumbar spine injuries than the general population? A retrospective study (1995-2009). New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1348). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Cornwall, J. (2011). Don't ask, don't tell: Who should promote body donation programmes in the public domain? [Editorial]. Australasian Medical Journal, 4(8), 458-459. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2011.929

Cornwall, J., & Mercer, S. R. (2004). Anatomy in practice: Lumbar zygapophysial joint palpation [Clinical perspective]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 32(3), 140-142.

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