September 10, 2008
||Media contact: Nicole Fawcett
Zernicke receives prestigious biomechanics award
Ann Arbor, Mich. – Ronald F. Zernicke, Ph.D., director of the University of Michigan Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center, was recently honored with the Canadian Society of Biomechanics Career Award during the North American Congress on Biomechanics held at U-M. The award was given to Zernicke in recognition of his more than 30 years of distinguished research in biomechanics.
The Canadian Society for Biomechanics/Société Canadienne de Biomécanique is an organization that fosters research and the exchange of information on the biomechanics of human physical activity.
The CSB Career Award honors individuals who are recognized leaders in the field of biomechanics and actively advancing, promoting and publishing biomechanics knowledge, particularly in Canada. The North American Congress on Biomechanics, the meeting in which the award was bestowed, was the combined annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics and the Canadian Society for Biomechanics. It is held jointly every six years to promote the exchange of ideas and foster new collaborations.
“It’s very rewarding to be recognized by peers for contributions in biomechanics research and see my work making an impact,” says Zernicke, professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the U-M MedicalSchool. “By continuing to take on the challenge of generating and disseminating new knowledge about biomechanics, specifically the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries, I hope to expand and extend my research at the University of Michigan.”
Zernicke, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Division of Kinesiology at U-M, came to the university in October 2007. Previously, he was the executive director of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, and the Wood Professor in Joint Injury Research in the Faculty of Medicine, professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, and professor in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.
In addition to directing the programs and activities at the U-M Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center, Zernicke’s current research is focused on adaptation of bone to exercise, diet, and joint injury and post-traumatic osteoarthritis. He has been funded by peer-review agencies in both the U.S. and Canada.
Zernicke is a past president of the Canadian, American and International Societies of Biomechanics, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy for Kinesiology and Physical Education. He received his B.A. from Concordia University Chicago, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
To learn more about the U-M Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center, visit www.bjiprc.umich.edu