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Keyak inducted into biomedical engineering elite

Joyce Keyak inducted into biomedical engineering eliteJoyce Keyak, professor in residence of radiological sciences at UC Irvine School of Medicine, had been inducted into the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering‘s College of Fellows for outstanding contributions in the area of imaging and skeletal biomechanics.

The College of Fellows comprises the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. Keyak is widely recognized for utilizing engineering principles to improve the understanding and treatment of bone problems. Among her accomplishments, she developed a technique for evaluating hip bone strength that has proven invaluable in the care of people with osteoporosis and weakened bones susceptible to fracture.

In collaboration with NASA, Keyak is also formulating therapeutic guidelines addressing the risk of early-onset, age-related osteoporosis in astronauts who serve on long-duration space missions. And with colleagues in radiation oncology, she created radioactive bone cement.

Keyak, who holds joint appointments in biomedical engineering and mechanical & aerospace engineering, was inducted March 16 at AIMBE’s annual meeting, in the National Academy of Sciences’ Great Hall in Washington, D.C.

Photo credit: Daniel A. Anderson / UC Irvine