George Murdoch Prize

George Murdoch medal

This prestigious prize is awarded every two years by ISPO UK MS, in honour of the late Professor George Murdoch, a founding member of ISPO.

Professor George Murdoch’s wishes were

  • that the prestige lecture be in the fields of amputation surgery, prosthetics, orthotics or related rehabilitation and bio-engineering.
  • that it be awarded to an individual who demonstrates ‘commitment and real understanding of the patient’s personal problem, assessment, the program of rehabilitation and a measurement of the ultimate outcome’.
  • that the applicant shows evidence of commitment to the disabled.
  • that the applicant ‘tackled’ the influence of government (in the broadest sense) with respect to attitude, regulations applied and their influence on major events in the patient’s history.

The recipient is awarded the George Murdoch Prize Medal at the ISPO UK MS Annual Scientific Meeting, following a 30-minute presentation. In line with Professor Murdoch’s wishes, the paper and presentation should be based on major research or other original work carried out by the presenter. The subject must be relevant to the fields of amputation surgery, prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation or bioengineering.

Invitation to submit applications for 2022 George Murdoch Prize

Following the cancellation of the 2020 ASM and the decision to take the 2021 ASM online, it is hoped that the next George Murdoch Prize will be awarded at an event yet to be determined by the ISPO UK Executve, during the 2022 calendar year.

Members of all relevant professional disciplines in the fields of amputation surgery, prosthetics, orthotics and bioengineering are encouraged and invited to submit papers for the 2022 George Murdoch Prize. Submissions can only be accepted from fully paid up ISPO members. Your submission should include:-

  • A Personal up-to-date CV with achievements highlighting work done generally, possibly ‘over and above’ the routine job to show commitment to the specialty, patients and service, and
  • An essay with a maximum of 3000 words to include research and/or professional work with outcomes (proposed content of Lecture)
  • Submissions should be e-mailed to A tentative closing date for submissions for the 2022 George Murdoch Prize has been set for 31st January 2022. However, please note this date remains under review and potential applicants should contact the ISPO UK Secretariat for confirmation of closing date before formally submitting papers.

Previous Winners of the George Murdoch Prize

2020 - Award of the George Murdoch Prize for 2020 was postponed due to the cancellation of the 2020 ASM due to the Covid pandemic.


Professor Dr Jan H B Geertzen - "Amputation in CRPS: which patient qualifies?"

Pictured: Rajiv Hanspal, Past-President of ISPO, presents the 2018 George Murdoch prize medal to Professor Dr Jan H B Geertzen.


Dr David Moser - “The development of biomimetic hydraulic self-aligning ankles for lower limb amputees”


Dr Rajiv S Hanspal - “Rehabilitation for Amputation and Limb Deficiency – the People, the Process and the Product”


Dr Henk E J Meulenbelt, - "Skin Problems of the Stump in Lower Limb Amputees"


Ms Elaine Owen - “The Importance of Being Earnest about Shank and Thigh Kinematics especially when using Ankle-Foot Orthoses”


Dr Lorraine Graham - “Do energy storing feet benefit transfemoral amputees? A comparative study of conventional and energy storing prosthetic feet using gait and oxygen consumption analysis"


No award


Mr Bill Spence - “Reciprocating Gait Prosthesis for the Bilateral Hip Disarticulation Amputee”


Dr Dipak Datta - “The Intelligent Knee – a multi-disciplinary evaluation in search of evidence”

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