Barry S. Myers
M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Professor of Biomedical Engineering, with appointments in Surgery, Business, and Anatomy and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization
Dr. Myers has been a member of the Duke faculty since 1991. His research examines the biomechanics of head impact neck injury with the goal of injury prevention. He also maintains an active consulting practice serving as an Executive-in-Residence at Pappas Ventures and advising several start-up companies. As Senior Associate Dean he is responsible for promoting industrial interaction and technology transfer by faculty and students; overseeing the design and construction of the Duke Smarthome; and developing novel interdisciplinary educational experiences that connect business, engineering, and medicine. He directs the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization which is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship broadly on Duke’s campus. To that end, Dr. Myers is also the Project Director for the Coulter Foundation Translational Partners Translational Research Program which provides early stage funding and management to early stage health care innovations. Dr. Myers' research interests include mechanisms of tensile neck injuries; head and neck injuries in children; the role of the cervical musculature in neck dynamics; post-mortem changes in skeletal muscle; computational modeling of neck injury; ethical issues in injury prevention; and biomechanical considerations in whiplash dynamics. The orthopaedic biomechanics research group directed by Dr. Myers conducts both experimental and computational biomechanics research to develop, and validate, models of soft and hard tissue behavior.
Dr. Myers is considered by many as the preeminent researcher in his field worldwide, having over 100 manuscripts and publications on the subject. Among Dr. Myers many honors are the Stapp Award of Recognition, and the Isbrandt Award for automotive safety from the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is the six-time winner of the Stapp Award for research in impact biomechanics, more than any other individual, and also the Bertil Aldman award for impact biomechanics research. Dr. Myers has worked with all major organizations concerned with safety in the United States including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. Because of his breadth of experience in injury prevention, Dr. Myers was appointed to the position of Senior Scientific Advisor to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for two years. He has also consulted with most major automobile manufactures and automotive racing organizations worldwide.
Dr. Myers is a Distinguished Professor at Duke University, having received the Bass Chair in recognition of his accomplishments in research and teaching. He is the faculty advisor to four student best graduate student paper competition winners at national meetings. He was responsible for the revision of the Pratt School of Engineering undergraduate curriculum to be implemented in 2004. He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and is currently Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
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|BASc||University of Toronto||1985|
Injury and Orthopedic Biomechanics
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:
- Fellow, American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, 2003
- Founders Award, Southern Consortium for Injury Biomechanics, 2006
Representative Publications: (More Publications)
- A. T. Dibb and R. W. Nightingale and J. F. Luck and V. C. Chancey and L. E. Fronheiser and B. S. Myers, Tension and Combined Tension-Extension Structural Response and Tolerance Properties of the Human Male Ligamentous Cervical Spine, Journal Of Biomechanical Engineering-transactions Of The Asme, vol 131 no. 8 (2009) [abs].
- G. P. Siegmund and M. B. Davis and K. P. Quinn and E. Hines and B. S. Myers and S. Ejima and K. Ono and K. Kamiji and T. Yasuki and B. A. Winkelstein, Head-turned postures increase the risk of cervical facet capsule injury during whiplash, Spine, vol 33 no. 15 (2008), pp. 1643 -- 1649 [abs].
- J. D. Finan and R. W. Nightingale and B. S. Myers, The Influence of Reduced Friction on Head Injury Metrics in Helmeted Head Impacts, Traffic Injury Prevention, vol 9 no. 5 (2008), pp. 483 -- 488 [abs].
- V. C. Chancey and D. Ottaviano and B. S. Myers and R. W. Nightingale, A kinematic and anthropometric study of the upper cervical spine and the occipital condyles, Journal Of Biomechanics, vol 40 no. 9 (2007), pp. 1953 -- 1959 [abs].
- R. W. Nightingale and V. C. Chancey and D. Ottaviano and J. F. Luck and L. Tran and M. Prange and B. S. Myers, Flexion and extension structural properties and strengths for male cervical spine segments, Journal Of Biomechanics, vol 40 no. 3 (2007), pp. 535 -- 542 [abs].