Spencer Lake, an engineer in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been selected to receive the 2016 Early Career Award from the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
The award highlights the work of a researcher early in his or her career who published a paper in the journal in the prior calendar year. Lake was lead author of a paper published January 2016, titled “Development and Use of an Animal Model to Study Post-Traumatic Stiffness and Contracture of the Elbow.”
As a biomechanical engineer and assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, Lake studies the biological and structural properties of stiff elbows to determine how changes to the connective tissues around the joint relate to its mechanics. In addition, he looks for the causes of long-term elbow contracture, tightness or reduced function after the joint has been made immobile following injury and how that alters biological and structural properties of tissues within the joint.
Lake is the first recipient of the award.