At the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) in August 2009, Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor James Ashton-Miller was honored with the Borelli Award in recognition of his research in the field of biomechanics.
The Borelli Award is the most prestigious honor given by ASB. Candidates are asked to submit five publications on a single topic or theme. The title of Ashton-Miller’s work was “Lessons Learned on Using Biomechanics to Prevent Selected Unintentional Injuries.” The award is named after the father of modern biomechanics, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608-1679). Recipients are selected based on “originality, quality and depth of the research and the relevance of the candidate’s work to the field of biomechanics.”
Ashton-Miller adds this year’s Borelli Award to a long list of outstanding recognitions that he has received throughout his career. Most recently, in 2006, he was presented with the Excellence Award from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Research.
Ashton-Miller holds appointments as ME research professor and distinguished research scientist, distinguished senior research scientist in Biomedical Engineering and senior research scientist with the Institute of Gerontology. He also serves as director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory. His research interests include mobility impairments in the elderly; trips, slips, and falls; elderly decision-making and risk-taking in physical tasks; birth related injury; female stress urinary incontinence; spine biomechanics; athletic injuries; and occupant vehicular safety.