Injury Researcher Elected to Prestigious Medical Engineering Society

06/14/2011

Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, co-scientific director and founder of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

Membership in the AIMBE College of Fellows recognizes outstanding bioengineers who have distinguished themselves through contributions in research, industrial practice, and education. Fellows are nominated by their peers and represent the top 2 percent of the medical and biological engineering community. As an AIMBE fellow, Dr. Winston is among 1,000 outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry, and government.

Dr. Winston’s research focuses on addressing traffic crashes, the leading cause of death and acquired disability in children and adolescents, through an approach that combines expertise in child and adolescent health, injury, engineering, and behavioral science. Her investigations seek to prevent teen driver crashes, improve child passenger safety, and identify techniques to prevent posttraumatic stress disorder after injury.

“One of the greatest compliments is to be recognized by your peers,” says Dr. Winston, who was nominated for membership by Martha Bidez, PhD, from the University of Alabama. “The bioengineering community is particularly bright and talented and the AIMBE community is a select, small subset of the bioengineering community.”

Dr. Winston was inducted into the College of Fellows on Feb. 21 at AIMBE’s Annual Event in Washington D.C., at which members discuss policy and advocacy in medical and biological engineering. Membership in AIMBE will provide Dr. Winston with opportunities to develop new collaborations and use the political connections and credibility of AIMBE to promote the injury prevention message – and the important role of engineering in injury prevention and treatment.

In addition to her role in the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Dr. Winston is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior scholar at the Leonard Davis Institute, and serves as an associate editor of the BMJ journal, Injury Prevention.