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UI Professor Malcolm Pope receives national biomechanics award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Malcolm H. Pope, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished
Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the University of Iowa College of
Engineering, professor of orthopedics in the UI College of Medicine and
director of the Iowa Spine Research Center, has been selected by the American
Society of Biomechanics (ASB) to receive the organization's highest honor
for scholarly achievement, the 1998 Giovanni Borelli Award.
Pope, who was selected for work related to low back pain and whole body
vibration, will present a talk on his research and accept the award's plaque
and $1,500 cash prize during the August 14-18 ASB annual meeting in Waterloo,
Pope recently was named the recipient of the 1998 H.R. Lissner Medal
from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for outstanding achievement
in bioengineering, including "significant research activity in knee
and spine biomechanics and the publication of more than 260 technical papers
which have placed him among the foremost authorities in the field."
An international expert on the prevention and causes of low back pain,
he has received numerous awards, including the 1996 Sir Frederic Bartlett
Medal of The Ergonomics Society of England and the 1996 Kappa Delta Ann
Donner Vaughn Award. The Vaughn Award, the highest given by American Academy
of Orthopedic Surgeons, was won by Pope together with colleague David G.
Wilder, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the College of
Engineering and senior scientist at the Iowa Spine Research Center, and
Marianne Magnusson, a former research scientist at the Center. The Academy
cited the three for their 15 years of pioneering research confirming that
vibration associated with driving cars, trucks and other vehicles can produce
lower back problems.
Pope currently serves, through June 30, 1999, as a member of the Orthopedics
and Musculoskeletal Study Section of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) which reviews grant applications submitted to the NIH. During 1995
he was named Iceland International Professor by the Center for Spinal Studies,
Oswestry, England, received the Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Royal
Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United
Kingdom and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London.
He joined the UI faculty in July 1994 after having served as professor
of orthopedics at the University of Vermont.
Born in London in 1941, Pope earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical
engineering from Southall College, London, in 1962, and a master's degree
in mechanical engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Conn. in 1969.
He received his doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Vermont
in 1972 and Dr. Med. Sc. in medical science from Gothenburg University,
Goteborg, Sweden in 1990.
At the University of Vermont, he served as associate professor of orthopedics
and mechanical engineering and director of the Orthopedic Research Laboratories
from 1972 to 1975, professor of orthopedic surgery from 1976 to 1994, co-principal
investigator and director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center from
1983 to 1991, and director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center from
1991 to 1993. He was named McClure Professor of Musculoskeletal Research
His many other honors include: Volvo Award, 1980; Fellow, Institute
of Mechanical Engineers, 1980; Ira Kay Memorial Award in Computer Simulation,
1982; Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1985; American
Back Society Annual Award, 1987; American Arthroscopy Association O'Connor
Award, 1989; Fellow, Ergonomics Society, 1991; Fellow, American Institute
of Medical and Biomedical Engineering, 1992; Vienna Award for Rehabilitation
Research, 1992; the Bristol-Myer-Zimmer Award, 1993; and the American Association
of Orthopedic Surgeons Kappa Delta Award, 1994.
The department of biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa is
one of only 21 accredited biomedical and bioengineering undergraduate programs
in the U.S. -- and the only one accredited in the state of Iowa.
The Iowa Spine Research Center involves a variety of researchers, including
engineers, economists, pharmacologists, surgeons, epidemiologists, research
scientists and students, engaged in assessing clinical effectiveness and
outcome in diagnosing and treating spinal diseases and providing guidance
in spinal research and patient care.