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Janet Lenore Ronsky

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Mechanical and Manufacturing

Janet Lenore Ronsky



AITF iCORE Strategic Chair in Advanced Diagnostics and Devices

(403) 210-9897

CCIT 266


Professor Ronsky's research group focuses on understanding the links between musculoskeletal system structure, joint mechanics, dynamic joint function, neuromotor control and joint injuries and diseases such as Osteoarthritis and Scoliosis. Medical imaging, experimental and numerical modeling and simulation approaches are applied to develop novel diagnostic and treatment devices and techniques to enhance health care.

Dr. Ronsky joined the UofC in 1994 after being awarded an NSERC Women's Faculty Award. In 2004 she was awarded the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession; 2005 - the AWSN Minerva Mentoring Award for Women in Science and Innovation; 2005 - the Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) - Women in Engineering Leadership Award (WELI); 2005 - APEGGA AIF Summit Award for Research Excellence; 2006 - APEGGA AIF Summit Award for Excellence in Education. She was the Director of the Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education from 2003 - 2009 and works closely with the Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Specialization. Janet has been on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Research Council since 2006 and most recently became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. She is currently the Director of the Biovantage Alberta Ingenuity Centre and the Bose Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Technology Development Centre.

Other project activities

  • Director, Biovantage - Alberta Ingenuity Centre
  • Director , BOSE Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Technology Development Centre
  • Member, McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, Faculty of Medicine.
  • Member, Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness Research, Faculty of Kinesiology

Consulting interests

Joint mechanics, Medical imaging, Gait Analysis, Biomechanical devices, Orthopaedic biomechanics.

Research Activities: 

Biomechanics, applied mechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging and modeling

Areas of research

  1. Biomechanics of joints and joint contact: The mechanics of in-vivo joint contact in normal and pathological joints, specifically the knee joint is being investigated. Potential relations between joint contact characteristics and the mechanisms of degenerative joint diseases are studied using analytical models of contact between articular cartilage layers and modelling of the stress distributions in joint structures using FEA techniques. These models are being experimentally validated with an animal injury model.
  2. Determination of patellofemoral joint contact characteristics in the normal population is being performed using MRI and surface modelling techniques. Variations in these characteristics with limb and joint loading are being assessed.
  3. In conjunction with orthopaedic surgeons, evaluations of pre-operative and post-operative changes in joint forces and muscle activity during locomotion resulting from various orthopaedic procedures are being investigated. Specific projects include tendon transfer surgeries and corrections of femoral anteversion.
  4. In a collaborative effort, state-of-the-art laser/optical methods are being implemented to quantify shapes of human body segments. Applications include: scoliosis research, design of lower limb prostheses, and foot orthotics. With scoliosis, surface mapping of the torso geometry will be related to the internal spinal geometry via artificial neural networks. For orthotic and prosthetic design, the quantitative geometry of the lower limb or foot will be blended with pressure maps from the contacting surface and tissue compliance measurements to develop custom designed CAD/CAM devices.

BASc (Waterloo) 1983
PhD (Calgary) 1994