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Dr. Tim Wilson


Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Western Ontario
B.Mc. University of Western Ontario
B.Sc. University of Waterloo

Office: 490 Medical Sciences Building
519-661-2111 Ext. 81587
Visit: Dr. Wilson's Home Page


I have the pleasure to facilitate the education of a wide range of students in gross anatomy.  From undergraduate students in Kinesiology, graduate students in Clinical Anatomy, Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy to Dental students, each class presents its own persona, breadth of experiences, and indeed challenges.  My goal is to create a learning community regardless of class size where each student is empowered to learn the materials in their own way.  I incorporate participation technology and blended learning approaches whenever possible and the gross cadaveric laboratory remains a central tenant to our learning approach.  I maintain that I learn more than I teach on a daily basis.


My interdisciplinary research interests revolve around the CRIPT lab, The Corps for Research of Instructional and Perceptual Technologies.  This unique digital anatomy research lab is home to many young researchers and faculty collaborators. Our aim is to become a world leaders in digital anatomy education scholarship through these objectives:

1.) To develop de novo digital anatomical learning objects from human and animal volumetric data derived from CT, MR, and serial slice photography.

2.) To evaluate the digital learning objects as it pertains to the study education practices and the effects on learner behaviour and physiological responses.

3.) To advance the knowledge base concerning human perception, training and education creating models for future pedagogic practice as educational environments incorporate new technologies.

Research Opportunities:

Students interested in educational scholarship as it pertains widely to anatomy, image segmentation and digital creation, computer aided or e-learning, multimedia construction, advanced visualization and demonstration, and the curricular incorporation of novel technologies are are invited to enquire about opportunities.

Selected Publications:

* indicates student supervision

  1. * Roach, V., Nguyen, N., Eagleson, R. de Ribaupierre, S., Kryklywy, J., Mitchell, D., Wilson, T.D. The Eye of the Beholder:Can patterns in eye movement  reveal aptitudes for spatial reasoning? Accepted Psychophysiology August 2014 (PsyP-2014-0227)

  2. Burkhart, T.  *Asa, B.  Payne, M., Johnson, M., Dunning,C., Wilson, T.D. Anatomy of  the proximal tibiofibular joint and interosseous membrane and their contributions to joint kinematics in below knee amputations,  Accepted Journal of Anatomy- JANAT-2014-0201.R2

  3. *Allen, L.K., *Bhattacharyya, S., Wilson, T.D. Development of an interactive Anatomical Three-Dimensional Eye Model.  Anatomical Sciences Education 2014 (ASE 14-0014) in press

  4. *Van Nuland, S., *Roach, V.A., Wilson, T.D., Belliveau, D.  Head to Head: The role of academic competition in undergraduate anatomical  education.  Accepted Anatomical Sciences Education, August 2014(ASE 14-0012) in press

  5. *Martin, C.M., *Turgeon, J., Rice, C.L., Goela, A., Wilson, T.D. Three-Dimensional  Measurement Approach for the Morphology of the Proximal Femur. Journal of Anatomy, 225: 3, 358–366, 2014.

  6. *Asa, B.,  Payne, M.W.C., Wilson T.D., Dunning, C.E., Burkhart, T.A., In vitro biomechanical evaluation of fibular movement in below knee amputations, Clinical Biomechanics, 29(5):551-5, 2014.

  7. Hibbert, K., Lingard, L. Vanstone, M., Kinsella, A.E. McKenzie, P. Pitman, A. &  Wilson, T.D. The Quest for Effective Interdisciplinary Graduate Supervision: A critical narrative analysis. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 44:2, 85-104, 2014.

  8. *Nguyen, N., Mulla, A., Nelson, A, Wilson, T.D., Visuospatial anatomy comprehension: The role of spatial visualization ability and problem solving strategies. 7(4): 280-288, 2014.

  9. *Roach, V.A., *Mistry, M. Wilson, T.D., Spatial Visualization Ability and Laparoscopic  Skills in Novice Learners: Evaluating Stereoscopic vs. Monoscopic Visualizations,  Accepted Anatomical Sciences Education 7(4): 295-301, 2014.

  10. *Tompkins R.P.R, Melling, J., Wilson, T.D., Bates, B.D., Shoemaker, J.K.   Arrangement of sympathetic fibers within the human common peroneal nerve: Implications for microneurography. Journal of Applied Physiology ,115(10):1553-61, 2013.