Dr Thomas   Whyte
Conjoint Lecturer

Dr Thomas Whyte

medicine-health
School of Medical Sciences

I am a biomechanical engineer with a focus on impact injury biomechanics and prevention. My research interests include the impact response and tolerance of the human body, particularly the head and spine, biomechanical impact testing of injurious events in road traffic, sports and falls across the population from childhood to older adults as well as the design and evaluation of injury protective systems and their compatibility with diverse populations. I have used a combination of physical experimentation and computation finite element methods for investigating and improving safety systems such as headgear in transport and sports, child restraints and other vehicle occupant protection. I place the specific needs of diverse users as a central focus of designing engineering solutions for injury prevention, ensuring compatibility between protective devices and the specific anthropometry of children, older people and the general diversity of the population.

Mobile
0410063508
Phone
0410063508
Location
Neuroscience Research Australia

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2017
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Gibson T; Shewchenko N; Whyte T, 2017, 'The Skull and Brain. Test Methods, Behind Armour Blunt Trauma and Helmet Design', in Military Injury Biomechanics The Cause and Prevention of Impact Injuries, CRC Press
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    McInnes KA; Abebe ZA; Whyte T; Bashir A; Barron C; Wellington CL; Cripton PA, 2020, 'An Automated Kinematic Measurement System for Sagittal Plane Murine Head Impacts.', J Biomech Eng, vol. 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4046202
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Kent N; Keay L; Coxon K; Brown J, 2020, 'Frontal crash seat belt restraint effectiveness and comfort accessories used by older occupants', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol. 21, pp. 60 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2019.1690648
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Melnyk AD; Van Toen C; Yamamoto S; Street J; Oxland TR; Cripton PA, 2020, 'A neck compression injury criterion incorporating lateral eccentricity.', Sci Rep, vol. 10, pp. 7114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63974-w
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Sran R; Keay L; Coxon K; McAuley J; Whyte T; Brown J, 2020, 'Population-Level Incidence and Use-Related Factors of Comfort and Orthopedic Accessories Among Older Vehicle Occupants in NSW, Australia', Journal of Applied Gerontology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0733464820950129
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Albanese B; Elkington J; Bilston L; Brown J, 2020, 'Restraint factors and child passenger deaths in new south wales, australia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041147
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Liu J; Chung V; McErlane SA; Abebe ZA; McInnes KA; Wellington CL; Cripton PA, 2019, 'Technique and preliminary findings for in vivo quantification of brain motion during injurious head impacts', Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 95, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.07.023
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Dressler DM; Dennison CR; Whyte T; Cripton PA, 2019, 'A novel helmet-mounted device for reducing the potential of catastrophic cervical spine fractures and spinal cord injuries in head-first impacts.', Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon), vol. 64, pp. 22 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.04.014
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Stuart C; Mallory A; Ghajari M; Plant D; Siegmund GP; Cripton PA, 2019, 'A review of impact testing methods for headgear in sports: Considerations for improved prevention of head injury through research and standards.', J Biomech Eng, vol. 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4043140
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Meredith L; Albanese B; Whyte T; Gibson T; Fitzharris M; Baldock M; Brown J, 2019, 'Assessing the performance of motorcyclists’ impact protectors in simulated ATD knee and shoulder impacts', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol. 20, pp. 169 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2018.1540867
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Lucas E; Whyte T; Liu J; Russell C; Tetzlaff W; Cripton PA, 2018, 'High-Speed Fluoroscopy to Measure Dynamic Spinal Cord Deformation in an In Vivo Rat Model.', J Neurotrauma, vol. 35, pp. 2572 - 2580, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/neu.2017.5478
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Lucas E; Whyte T; Liu J; Tetzlaff W; Cripton PA, 2018, 'Radiography used to measure internal spinal cord deformation in an in vivo rat model.', J Biomech, vol. 71, pp. 286 - 290, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.01.036
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Namjoshi DR; Cheng WH; Bashir A; Wilkinson A; Stukas S; Martens KM; Whyte T; Abebe ZA; McInnes KA; Cripton PA; Wellington CL, 2017, 'Defining the biomechanical and biological threshold of murine mild traumatic brain injury using CHIMERA (Closed Head Impact Model of Engineered Rotational Acceleration).', Exp Neurol, vol. 292, pp. 80 - 91, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.expneurol.2017.03.003
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Gibson T; Eager D; Milthorpe B, 2017, 'Full-face motorcycle helmet protection from facial impacts: An investigation using THOR dummy impacts and SIMon finite element head model', Injury Prevention, vol. 23, pp. 205 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2015-041925
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Albanese B; Gibson T; Whyte T; Meredith L; Savino G; de Rome L; Baldock M; Fitzharris M; Brown J, 2017, 'Energy attenuation performance of impact protection worn by motorcyclists in real-world crashes', Traffic Injury Prevention, vol. 18, pp. S116 - S121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2017.1311014
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Gibson T; Anderson R; Eager D; Milthorpe B, 2016, 'Mechanisms of Head and Neck Injuries Sustained by Helmeted Motorcyclists in Fatal Real-World Crashes: Analysis of 47 In-Depth Cases', Journal of Neurotrauma, vol. 33, pp. 1802 - 1807, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/neu.2015.4208
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Gibson T; Eager D; Milthorpe B, 2016, 'Response of a full-face motorcycle helmet FE model to the UNECE 22.05 chin bar impact test', International Journal of Crashworthiness, vol. 21, pp. 555 - 565, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13588265.2016.1199007
  • Conference Papers | 2018
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Whyte T; Liu J; Chung V; McErlane S; Abebe ZA; McInnes KA; Wellington CL; Cripton PA, 2018, 'Quantifying in vivo brain motion during injurious head impacts – A pilot study', in Conference proceedings International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, IRCOBI, pp. 401 - 402
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr Thomas Whyte
    Albanese B; Meredith L; Whyte T; Gibson T; De Rome L; Fitzharris M; Baldock M; Brown J, 2016, 'Energy attenuation performance of impact protection for motorcyclists', in 2016 IRCOBI Conference Proceedings - International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, pp. 507 - 508

Awards

Grants

UNSW Medicine Non Communicable Diseases Theme EMC/R Seed Grant - Fitted lids for kids: Reducing helmet misuse for paediatric head injury prevention.

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