Professor Elwyn Clifton Firth


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Honorary, Academic

Research | Current

  • Using peripheral quantitative CT to detect variability in indices of bone strength and quality, and relationship to functional testing in various sub-populations. 
  • The effect of early life physical activity on body composition at later ages. 
  • The effect of movement stimuli in compromised groups susceptible to or affected by disease, injury or ageing.
  • The effect of exercise and obesity on the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis.  

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Liley, H., Zhang, J., Firth, E., Fernandez, J., & Besier, T. (2017). Using partial least squares regression as a predictive tool in describing equine third metacarpal bone shape. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 20 (15), 1609-1612. 10.1080/10255842.2017.1393806
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Ju Zhang, Thor Besier
  • Swanson, M. E. V., Murray, H. C., Oliver, M. H., Waldvogel, H. J., Firth, E. C., & Curtis, M. A. (2017). Imposed running exercise does not alter cell proliferation in the neurogenic niches of young lambs. Journal of animal science, 95 (10), 4381-4390. 10.2527/jas2017.1710
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Helen Murray, Mark Oliver, Henry Waldvogel, Maurice Curtis
  • Sañudo B, de Hoyo, M., Del Pozo-Cruz, J., Carrasco, L., Del Pozo-Cruz, B., Tejero, S., & Firth, E. (2017). A systematic review of the exercise effect on bone health: the importance of assessing mechanical loading in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Menopause (New York, N.Y.), 24 (10), 1208-1216. 10.1097/gme.0000000000000872
  • Firth, E. C., Gamble, G. D., Cornish, J., & Vickers, M. H. (2017). Neonatal leptin treatment reverses the bone-suppressive effects of maternal undernutrition in adult rat offspring. Scientific Reports, 7 (1).10.1038/s41598-017-07500-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg Gamble, Jillian Cornish, Mark Vickers
  • Sontam, D. M., Vickers, M. H., Firth, E. C., & O'Sullivan JM (2017). A Memory of Early Life Physical Activity Is Retained in Bone Marrow of Male Rats Fed a High-Fat Diet. Frontiers in Physiology, 8.10.3389/fphys.2017.00476
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Vickers, Justin O'Sullivan, Dharani Sontam
  • Liley, H., Davies, H., Firth, E., Besier, T., & Fernandez, J. (2017). The effect of the sagittal ridge angle on cartilage stress in the equine metacarpo-phalangeal (fetlock) joint. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 1-10. 10.1080/10255842.2017.1339795
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Thor Besier
  • Dittmer, K. E., & Firth, E. C. (2017). Mechanisms of bone response to injury. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 104063871667986-104063871667986. 10.1177/1040638716679861
  • Haysom, S. S., Vickers, M. H., Yu, L. H., Reynolds, C. M., Firth, E. C., & McGlashan, S. R. (2017). Post-weaning high-fat diet results in growth cartilage lesions in young male rats. PloS one, 12 (11)10.1371/journal.pone.0188411
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sue McGlashan, Mark Vickers, Clare Reynolds

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 731 - Bldg 731
Level 3, Room 333
New Zealand