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University of Utah Researcher Dr. Amy Lenz Receives Prestigious NIH R01 Grant, Making History in Orthopaedics Engineering

The University of Utah proudly announces that Dr. Amy Lenz, distinguished researcher in orthopaedics engineering, has been awarded a significant research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Lenz has been granted $3,265,005 over the next five years to lead groundbreaking research in foot and ankle form and function in adults with cerebral palsy. This prestigious R01 grant marks not only a major milestone in Dr. Lenz's career but also a historic moment as she becomes the first female principal investigator (PI) to ever receive an R01 grant in orthopaedics engineering.

In her role as PI, Dr. Lenz will spearhead a multi-site collaboration with Dr. Karen Kruger at Marquette University. Their joint effort aims to advance the understanding of biomechanics as applied to complex movement disorders, particularly cerebral palsy. Dr. Lenz expressed her profound gratitude for this honor and emphasized the significance of collaboration in her work.

"Receiving my first NIH R01 to study foot and ankle form and function in adults with cerebral palsy is a tremendous honor, particularly as a multi-site grant with Dr. Karen Kruger at Marquette University," said Dr. Lenz. "My entire career has been dedicated to advancing biomechanics as it is applied to complex movement disorders. The foundation for this work has a long history of collaboration with Dr. Kruger, stemming from both our passions to perform gait analysis to advance the care of patients with cerebral palsy, and it began with a grant from Shriners Children’s."

This grant not only validates Dr. Lenz's exceptional expertise and commitment to her field but also underscores the importance of her research in improving the lives of individuals with cerebral palsy. The University of Utah is immensely proud to support Dr. Lenz in her groundbreaking endeavors.


Dr. Amy Lenz, PhD University of Utah


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Acknowledgment and Disclaimer: Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01AR083490. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.