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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85185

Dr Bob Colborne Human Kinetics, Biomechanics, Anatomy

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

I am interested in locomotor biomechanics, both from the basic science standpoint and also applied research into lameness and other locomotor deficits. 

My background is in anatomy and biomechanics. My undergraduate degree (Guelph, Canada) was in Human Kinetics, with a focus on anatomy, biomechanics and exercise physiology. I went on from there to do a Masters in biomechanics (Windsor, Canada) and then a PhD in anatomy (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada) with my research focused in rehabilitation of gait in stroke patients. Following a post-doc in Toronto, 5 years in Saskatoon teaching anatomy to medical students, and 16 years in Bristol, England teaching veterinary anatomy, I've moved to New Zealand where I continue my research in animal locomotion and biomechanics.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 06 356 9099 Ext 85185
    Location: 6.09, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) - University of Guelph, Canada (1980)
  • Master of Human Kinetics - University of Windsor, Canada (1986)
  • PhD - Queen's University, Kingston, Canada (1991)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research is focused on mechanics of gait and locomotion in horses and dogs, but I also have done some recent work with chickens and humans. I'm interested in gait as an outcome measure; for instance, whether surgical correction of an orthopaedic condition yields a measurable improvement in the animal's locomotion pattern. I'm also interested in the basic energetics of locomotion and in descriptive kinematics of the musculoskeletal system, like identifying axes of rotation of joints for applications like transarticular external skeletal fixation.

My work involves using a 3D camera system for tracking limb segments in 3D space during gait. The positional information from the 3D camera system is put together with force information collected from a force platform embedded in the lab runway. Superimposing the force vector on the limb segments, and crossing joints, allows calculation of joint moments and powers in 3D. 

Thematics

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Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Biomechanical Engineering (090302):
Biomechanics (110601):
Biomedical Engineering (090300): Engineering (090000):
Human Movement and Sports Science (110600): Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Rehabilitation Engineering (090305):
Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology (070702): Veterinary Sciences (070700)

Keywords

Anatomy

Gait

Locomotion

Biomechanics

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 6
Team Member 0 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Caplen, G., Colborne, GR., Hothersall, B., Nicol, CJ., Waterman-Pearson, AE., Weeks, CA., . . . Murrell, JC. (2013). Lame broiler chickens respond to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with objective changes in gait function: A controlled clinical trial. Veterinary Journal. 196(3), 477-482
[Journal article]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Caplen, G., Hothersall, B., Murrell, JC., Nicol, CJ., Waterman-Pearson, AE., Weeks, CA., . . . Colborne, GR. (2012). Kinematic analysis quantifies Gait abnormalities associated with lameness in broiler chickens and identifies evolutionary Gait differences. PLoS ONE. 7(7)
[Journal article]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Colborne, GR., Good, L., Cozens, LE., & Kirk, LS. (2011). Symmetry of hind limb mechanics in orthopedically normal trotting Labrador Retrievers. American Journal of Veterinary Research. 72(3), 336-344
[Journal article]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Burton, NJ., Owen, MR., Kirk, LS., Toscano, MJ., & Colborne, GR. (2011). Conservative Versus Arthroscopic Management for Medial Coronoid Process Disease in Dogs: A Prospective Gait Evaluation. Veterinary Surgery. 40(8), 972-980
[Journal article]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Colborne, GR., Heaps, LA., & Franklin, SH. (2009). Horizontal moment around the hoof's centre of pressure during walking in a straight line. Equine Veterinary Journal. 41(3), 242-246
[Journal article]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Colborne, GR. (2008). Are sound dogs mechanically symmetric at trot? No, actually. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. 21(3), 294-301
[Journal article]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Colborne, GR., Naumann, S., Longmuir, PE., & Berbrayer, D. (1992). Analysis of mechanical and metabolic factors in the gait of congenital below knee amputees. A comparison of the SACH and Seattle feet. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 71(5), 272-278
[Journal article]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Olney, SJ., Colborne, GR., & Martin, CS. (1989). Joint angle feedback and biomechanical gait analysis in stroke patients: A case report. Physical Therapy. 69(10), 863-870
[Journal article]Authored by: Colborne, G.

Conference

Bardin, A., Wang, J., & Colborne, GR. (2017). A preliminary model of the equine forelimb for motion simulations.. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists. Auckland, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Colborne, GR., Reed, SA., & Wang, J. (2017). Sensitivity of a musculoskeletal model of the German Shepherd lumbosacral spine to sarcomere and muscle fibre length.. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists. Auckland, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Colborne, G.
Riley, CB., Colborne, G., Greaves, A., Dodd, S., Tessier, A., Beausoleio, N., . . . Tang, L. (2017). Equine behavioural and biomechanical responses to trailer transport and braking. Poster session presented at the meeting of 33rd world veterinary congress
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Colborne, G., Riley, C., Sano, H., Tang, L.
Riley, CB., colborne, G., Greaves, A., Dodd, S., Tessier, A., Beausoleil, N., . . . Tang, L. (2017). Equine behavioural and biomechanical responses to trailer transport and braking. Proceedings 33rd world veterinary congress.
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Colborne, G., Riley, C., Tang, L.
Kongara, K., Baynes, JC., Bridges, JP., & Colborne, GR. (2017). Perceptions of senior veterinary students, interns and residents on revisiting anatomy as a special topic at Massey University. , American Association of Veterinary Anatomists
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Bridges, J., Colborne, G., Kongara, K.
Lichtenauer, E., Fitch, G., Colborne, GR., Reid, K., Back, W., & Rogers, CW. (2016, August). Centre of pressure between the forelimbs in a cohort of Thoroughbred racehorses. Presented at 8th International Conference on Canine and Equine Locomotion. London, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Colborne, G., Rogers, C.

Other

Kongara, K., Baynew, JC., Bridges, JP., & Colborne, GR. (2017, June). Perceptions of senior veterinary students, interns and residents on revisiting anatomy as a special topic at Massey. In American Association of Veterinary Anatomists.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bridges, J., Colborne, G., Kongara, K.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 1 0

Teaching

I teach veterinary anatomy to first and second-year Veterinary Science students, and also to Veterinary Nurses and Technicians.

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Alienor Bardin - PhD
    Predicting limb responses to surface variations with a 3D musculoskeletal model

CoSupervisor of:

  • Carla Van der Merwe - PhD
    The Effect of Minimalistic Shoes On Landing Mechanics And Knee And Ankle Stability During Netball Match Play

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