Peter Cripton is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and in the School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC and an Associate Faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics. He directs the undergraduate biomedical engineering program within the School of Biomedical Engineering and he is a principal investigator and his laboratory is located within the spinal cord research centre ICORD. Dr. Cripton co-invented a helmet to reduce the potential for neck fractures and paralysis in head first impact and was awarded a “best of what’s new” award from Popular Science magazine, he has worked with the US Army to evaluate the potential for medical evacuation – associated vibration to exacerbate spinal cord injuries, he co-invented a novel concussion model for the characterization of and to evaluate novel therapeutics for concussion. Dr. Cripton also led a retrospective trauma evaluation of the Whistler Sliding Centre after the fatal injury that occurred there at the 2010 Olympics.
Dr Polly holds the James W. Ogilvie Chair in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is professor and chief of Spine Surgery and an adjunct professor of the Neurosurgery Department.
MD, PhD, Harrison Distinguished Professor, Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia
Dr. Justin Smith completed the MD, PhD program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He subsequently completed neurosurgery residency at the University of California San Francisco and spine surgery fellowships in the areas of spinal deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is currently Harrison Distinguished Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia and serves as faculty for neurosurgery residents and fellows and serves as Director of the spine fellowship program and Co-Director of the UVA Spine Center. Dr. Smith’s practice is focused on spinal surgery and includes cervical and thoracolumbar deformity reconstruction, trauma, degenerative disease, and complex revision surgery. His research interests focus on clinical outcomes of spinal surgery, and he has published extensively in this and other areas, with more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 900 presented abstracts at national and international meetings.
AO, FAA, FTSE, FIOP, FRACI, Executive Research Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, Materials Node.
Professor Gordon Wallace is involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in Energy and Health. In the Health area this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance. In the Energy area this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for the use in Medical technologies.
He is committed to fundamental research and the translation of fundamental discoveries into practical applications. He is a passionate communicator, dedicated to explaining scientific advances to all in the community from the lay person to the specialist.
He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia 26 January 2017.
He received Wollongong’s award for Innovation in 2017 and served as Wollongong’s Australia Day Ambassador.
He received the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and Innovation in 2016.
He was appointed to the Prime Ministers Knowledge Nation 100 in 2015.
Gordon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Institute of Physics, and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Science in Bologna.
He has published more than 900 refereed publications that have attracted in excess of 35,000 citations; a monograph on Organic Bionics (published 2012) and recently co-authored an eBook on 3D BioPrinting He led the presentation of a MOOC on 3D Bioprinting on the FutureLearn platform.