Zernicke, Ronald F.

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University of Michigan
Professor and Dean, School of Kinesiology
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics Surgery and Department of Biomedical Engineering

In 2007, Ron Zernicke joined the University of Michigan (UM) as a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and School of Kinesiology. He was the Director of the UM Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center (2007-2009), and January 2010 he also became Dean of the UM School of Kinesiology.

He was the Executive Director of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, and at the University of Calgary, he was Wood Professor in Joint Injury Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, and Professor in the Schulich School of Engineering (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering). He was Director of the Alberta Provincial CIHR Training Program in Bone and Joint Health, a combined doctoral program of the University of Calgary and University of Alberta. He was an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta. He continues to hold an Adjunct Professor position at the University of Calgary, in the Faculties of Medicine, Engineering, and Kinesiology.

His baccalaureate was from Concordia University Chicago (1970), and his MSc (1972) and PhD (1974) were from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He joined UCLA in 1974 and was Chair of the Department of Kinesiology when he was recruited to Calgary in 1991. He received the UCLA Award for Distinguished Teaching, City of Calgary Community Achievement Award (Education), University of Calgary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Supervision, Alumnus of the Year for Concordia University Chicago, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

He was president of the Canadian, American, and International Societies of Biomechanics. He received research awards from NASA, the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine, the American and International Societies of Biomechanics, Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, the Founder’s Medal for Best Research from the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Partnership Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, the American College of Sports Medicine, and American Academy for Kinesiology and Physical Education.

His research has been supported by the Arthritis Society of Canada, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Alberta Ingenuity Fund, Canadian Space Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada Foundation for Innovation, Alberta Innovation and Science, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Eagles (Alberta and Saskatchewan & International), NASA, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health.

His research focuses on: (1) the adaptation of bone to exercise, disuse, diet, and disease and (2) joint injury and post-traumatic osteoarthritis, and he has authored more than 580 peer-reviewed research publications and abstracts, and two books (e.g., Whiting & Zernicke, Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury, 2nd Edition, Human Kinetics Publishers, Champaign, IL, 2008).