Elkins Receives American Society of Biomechanics Award

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jake Elkins, an MD/PhD graduate student in biomedical engineering, has received the 2012 Young Scientist Award from the American Society of Biomechanics.

The national award is presented to the most-accomplished person finishing a Ph.D. each year in the overall field of
biomechanics.

Elkins has developed a sophisticated computational model that helps researchers predict improved results for patients receiving hip replacements.  Osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis, is a debilitating joint disease affecting nearly one third of all American adults. Some people may experience only mild joint pain, while others endure severe chronic pain as their cartilage wears away leaving no cushion between their bones.

Elkins also is an Institute for Clinical and Translational Linked Training Award trainee.  His advisor is Thomas Brown, Richard and Janice Johnston Chair of Orthopaedic Biomechanics, professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, professor of biomedical engineering, and director of the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory.

The American Society of Biomechanics serves biomechanists working in different disciplines and fields of application, biological sciences, exercise and sports science, health sciences, ergonomics and human factors, and engineering and applied science, and to facilitate the development of biomechanics as a basic and applied science.

On October 31, 2011, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Iowa published a profile on Elkins.  Go to http://icts.uiowa.edu/content/jake-elkins-institute-clinical-and-translational-science-tl1-trainee.