Fellows update: Ron Zernicke

Posted on June 17, 2016

Ron ZernickeRon Zernicke was one of the inaugural fellows of the ISB.  Ron Zernicke is Professor and Dean in the School of Kinesiology, and a Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He was the founding Director of the University of Michigan Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center.

Ron received his baccalaureate degree from Concordia University Chicago, and his MSc and PhD were from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He joined UCLA in 1974, and was Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology.  At UCLA he received the UCLA Award for Distinguished Teaching.  In 1991 he moved to the University of Calgary, where he was the Executive Director of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, the Wood Professor in Joint Injury Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, and Professor in the Schulich School of Engineering.  He was awarded the City of Calgary Community Achievement Award (Education), the University of Calgary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Supervision.

His research focuses on: (1) the adaptation of bone to exercise, disuse, diet, and disease; and (2) joint injury and post-traumatic osteoarthritis.  He has received research grants from agencies such as the Arthritis Society of Canada, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Alberta Ingenuity Fund, Adidas AG, Canadian Space Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Alberta Innovation and Science, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health.

Ron’s achievements have been recognized in a variety of ways.  He was Alumnus of the Year for Concordia University Chicago (1991). He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo (2008).  He has been president of the Canadian and American Societies of Biomechanics.  He has received research awards from: NASA (Cosmos Achievement Award), Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine (Yasuda Award for Outstanding Research Paper), American and International Societies of Biomechanics (Delsys Award), Canadian Society for Biomechanics (Career Award), Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (Founder’s Medal for Best Research), and Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Partnership Award). He is an elected fellow of the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, American Society of Biomechanics, American College of Sports Medicine, and National Academy of Kinesiology.

From 1987 to 1999 Ron was a member of the ISB Executive Council, and from 1993-1995 served as the President.  He was also a co-organizer of two ISB congresses (Los Angeles 1989, and Calgary 1999).

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