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Steven Boyd

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Mechanical and Manufacturing

Steven Boyd



(403) 220-3664



Senior Scholar, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
Bob and Nola Rintoul Chair in Bone and Joint Research
Jointly appointed at Faculty of Medicine, Schulich School of Engineering and Faculty of Kinesiology

Primary Institute

McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Other project activities

Co-founder of Numerics88 Solutions Ltd.


  • Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award", University of Calgary Students' Union, 2011
  • "Graduate Students Association 2008-09 Supervisor Excellence Award", 2009.
  • "Calgary Top 40 Under 40", Calgary Inc Magazine, 2008.
  • "SM Perren Research Award", European Society of Biomechanics, 2008.
  • "Young Investigator Award" Int Society of Bone Morphometry, Philadelphia, USA, 2006.
  • "Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award", 2005.
  • "Most Outstanding Teaching", 2nd Yr Eng, Eng. Students' Soc, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008.
Research Activities: 

Biomedical Engineering
Applied Mechanics

Dr. Boyd's research is in the area of orthopaedic biomechanics. It focuses on adaptive changes to tissues that occur following a joint injury or disease, with particular interest in bone. His two main areas of research are (1) the development of simulation methods to investigate adaptive mechanisms in bone and their influence on tissue mechanics in joint diseases, and (2) the development of non-invasive methods using medical imaging techniques (CT, MR) to provide clinical quantitative assessment of tissue mechanics.

Utilizing high resolution computed tomography (micro-CT) combined with finite element (FE) methods, simulation techniques are developed to understand the relation between local bone mechanics and adaptive processes in experimental injury models. This research involves the development of specialized FE methods for use with micro-CT data, and development of automated smooth-surface mesh generation for representation of the smooth bone architecture. Validation of the FE simulation techniques use specialized bone strain measurement devices in mechanical testing protocols and solid free-form manufactured models.

The non-invasive techniques developed for research into adaptation mechanisms are ideal for cross-over into the clinic to quantitatively monitor bone quality (morphology and mechanics) in patients. Chronic studies using magnetic resonance and computed tomography imaging investigate changes in bone quality through the course of a disease such as osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. Work to overcome resolution limitations in clinical scanners is based on algorithms for implicit representation of the 3D image data, and these representations are being used to develop improved segmentation, registration and visualization methods.

  • Nishiyama KK, Macdonald HM, Hanley DA, Boyd SK. Women with previous fragility fractures can be classified based on bone microarchitecture and finite element analysis measured with HR-pQCT. Osteoporos Int 2012, ePub.
  • Pauchard Y, Liphardt AM, Macdonald HM, Hanley DA, Boyd SK. Quality control for bone quality parameters affected by subject motion in high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography. Bone 2012;50: 1304-10.
  • Manske SL, Good CA, Zernicke RF, Boyd SK. High-Frequency, Low-Magnitude Vibration Does Not Prevent Bone Loss Resulting from Muscle Disuse in Mice following Botulinum Toxin Injection. PLoS ONE 2012;7: e36486.
  • Schnackenburg KE, Macdonald HM, Ferber R, Wiley JP, Boyd SK. Bone quality and muscle strength in female athletes with lower limb stress fractures. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2011;43: 2110-9.
  • Pauchard Y, Ayres F, Boyd SK. Automated quantification of three-dimensional subject motion to monitor image quality in high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography. Phys Med Biol 2011;56: 6523-6543.
  • Macdonald HM, Nishiyama KK, Kang J, Hanley DA, Boyd SK. Age-related patterns of trabecular and cortical bone loss differ between sexes and skeletal sites: A population-based HR-pQCT study. J Bone Miner Res 2011;26: 50-62.
  • Campbell GM, Ominsky MS, Boyd SK. Bone quality is partially recovered after the discontinuation of RANKL administration in rats by increased bone mass on existing trabeculae: an in vivo micro-CT study. Osteoporos Int 2011;22: 931-42.
  • Boyd SK, Szabo E, Ammann P. Increased bone strength is associated with improved bone microarchitecture in intact female rats treated with strontium ranelate: A finite element analysis study. Bone 2011;48: 1109-16.
  • Burghardt AJ, Buie HR, Laib A, Majumdar S, Boyd SK. Reproducibility of direct quantitative measures of cortical bone microarchitecture of the distal radius and tibia by HR-pQCT. Bone 2010;47: 519-28.
  • Pauchard Y, Mattmann C, Kuhn A, Gasser JA, Boyd SK. European Society of Biomechanics S.M. Perren Award 2008: Using temporal trends of 3D bone micro-architecture to predict bone quality. J Biomechanics 2008;41: 2946-2953.
  • MacNeil JA, Boyd SK. Bone strength at the distal radius can be estimated from high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography and the finite element method. Bone 2008;42: 1203-1213.
  • Kristensen E, Parsons TE, Hallgr√¨msson B, Boyd SK. A novel 3-D image-based morphological method for phenotypic analysis. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 2008;55: 2826-31.
  • Boyd SK. Site-specific variation of bone micro-architecture in the distal radius and tibia. J Clin Densitom 2008;11: 424-30.

B.Eng (Victoria) 1994
M.Sc. (Calgary) 1997
Ph.D. (Calgary) 2001
Post Doc (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland) 2001-2002