Beth Winkelstein Named BMES Fellow

Beth WinkelsteinBeth Winkelstein, professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, has been named Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for the class of 2014. Fellow status is awarded to Society members who demonstrate exceptional achievements and experience in the field of biomedical engineering, and a record of membership and participation in the Society.

The broad goal of Winkelstein's research is to understand the mechanisms of injury from sports, automotive and degenerative conditions, especially those injuries that produce pain. By combining biomechanical and immunological techniques, her lab can define the relationships between injury to the cervical spine/neck and physiological cascades of persistent pain. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding injury to individual structures in the neck, such as the facet joints, nerve roots and spinal cord and how mechanical loading to these structures elicits pain. Through this work she can begin to develop thresholds for mechanical injury that produce persistent pain; and work towards a definition of the neck's tolerance for painful injury. Additional research efforts are aimed at understanding the role of biomechanics in the neuroimmunologic changes of the central nervous system that contribute to persistent pain. Applications of her current work are in the areas of automotive and whiplash-related injury and sports injuries and have implications for design efforts in automobiles that are aimed at preventing whiplash injuries.

BMES serves as the lead society and professional home for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. Its leadership in accreditation, potential licensure, publications, scientific meetings, global programs, and diversity initiatives, as well as commitment to ethics, all serve the Society's mission to promote and enhance knowledge and education in biomedical engineering and bioengineering worldwide and its utilization for human health and well-being.

To learn more about Winkelstein and her research, visit her faculty profile.