WRITER: MEGAN HAYDEN
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UI researcher receives achievement award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine professor has
been named as the recipient of the Ninth Annual Bristol-Myers Squibb/Zimmer
Award for Distinguished Achievement in Orthopedic Research.
Dr. Joseph A. Buckwalter, UI professor of orthopaedic surgery, researches
the molecular makeup of cartilage. He studies normal development of the growth
plate--a region of cartilage cells at the end of a bone where the growth occurs--as
well as the effect certain diseases, such as dwarfism, have on the growth
plate and vertebrae. He examines the cartilage in joints that wear out and
can cause arthritis, as well as characteristics of certain tumors and their
Buckwalter also studies the molecules in spinal disks--how and why these
disks degenerate and cause back pain.
"Dr. Buckwalter is a superb researcher, clinician and teacher, one who
has greatly advanced orthopaedic research," says Dr. Robert P. Kelch,
dean of the UI College of Medicine. "His search for knowledge and his
abounding energy have stimulated many others to pursue research on the musculoskeletal
Buckwalter will receive the award at a June presentation in Boca Raton, Fla.