P. Hunter Peckham, the Donnell Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University, was recently recognized by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished career in research on the use of functional electrical stimulation to restore hand and arm control in paralyzed individuals.
Peckham, recognized internationally for his spinal cord research, was instrumental in creating the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center, which studies the application of electrical currents to generate or suppress nerve activity.
As the center’s executive director, Peckham has built a model of successful research collaboration among scientists, engineers and clinicians from the Cleveland Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Case Western Reserve and MetroHealth Medical Center.
Established in 1987, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented periodically by ASIA to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of spinal cord injury care. Criteria include career dedication, peer recognition, professional competence and recognized achievement.