Hay Award: Professor Richard L. Lieber
Rick Lieber is currently Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Lieber’s work is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature—an approach that is relevant to those who study biomechanics, rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery. He has published over 250 articles in journals ranging from the very basic such as The Biophysical Journal and The Journal of Cell Biology to clinical journals such as The Journal of Hand Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Dr. Lieber’s research focuses on design and plasticity of skeletal muscle. Currently, he is developing state-of-the-art approaches to understanding muscle contractures that result from cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury. In recognition of the clinical impact of his basic science studies, Dr. Lieber has been honored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Kappa Delta Award; twice), the American Bone and Joint Surgeons (Nicolas Andry Award) the American College of Sports Medicine (Fellow), the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Fellowship) and the American Society for Biomechanics (Borelli Award). He was also named a Senior Research Career Scientist from the Department of Veterans Affairs from which he has received continuous support since 1985.