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Joanna Tomlinson

Thesis title

The influence of neuromechanics of the hip joint capsule in pathology

Area of study

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Biomechanics
  • Total hip arthroplasty


  • Assoc Prof. Niels Hammer (Department of Anatomy) (Primary Supervisor)
  • Dr Daniel Ribeiro (School of Physiotherapy)
  • Assoc Prof. Dorothy Oorschot (Department of Anatomy)

Educational qualifications and experience

  • 2017- 2018 - Postgraduate Certificate, Healthcare and Biomedical Education, St George's University London, United Kingdom
  • 2016- 2018 - Prosector, St George's University of London
  • 2011- 2015 - Bachelor of Science with Honours, Anatomical Sciences, University of Dundee, United Kingdom


  • Tomlinson, J., Zwirner, J., Ondruschka, B., Prietzel, T. and Hammer, N. 2020. Innervation of the hip joint capsular complex: a systematic review of histological and immunohistochemical studies and their clinical implications for contemporary treatment strategies in total hip arthroplasty. PLOS ONE. 15(2):1-27. DOI:
  • Poilliot, A., Doyle, T., Tomlinson, J., Zhang, M., Zwirner, J. and Hammer, N. 2019. Quantification of fat in the posterior sacroiliac joint region: fat volume is sex and age dependant. Scientific Reports. 9:14935. DOI:
  • Vanneste, B., Tomlinson, J., Desmet., M. and Krol, A. 2019. Feasibility of an ultrasound-guided approach to radiofrequency ablation of the superolateral, superomedial and inferomedial genicular nerves: a cadaveric study. RAPM. DOI:


  • 2019 - Maurice Phyllis Paykel Trust, Project Grant, April 2019
  • 2018 - Department of Anatomy, University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2017 - Majorie England Dissection Prize winner, Institute of Anatomical Sciences

Why did you choose the School of Physiotherapy?

Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects many people worldwide. This project offers an opportunity to strive to improve management of this disease, therefore helping many people in an area I am extremely interested in. Both the school and my supervisors are highly renowned, and I saw this as an amazing opportunity to conduct research under their supervision. Additionally, their knowledge and experience will no doubt help me to develop and gain essential skills to allow me to succeed in my academic career. I am delighted to be studying my PhD at the University of Otago with the Department of Anatomy and School of Physiotherapy.

Best thing so far about your study

The opportunity to learn valuable skills and collaborate with colleagues. I look forward to embracing all the opportunities that are presented to me in the future.