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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 2020 George Murdoch Prize

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 2020 George Murdoch Prize. Submissions can only be accepted from fully paid up ISPO members.

  • 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 info@ispo.org.uk. Closing date for submissions for the 2020 George Murdoch Prize is 30 April 2020.

Previous Winners of the George Murdoch Prize

George Murdoch winner

1997

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

1999

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

2002

No award

2005

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

2008

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

2012

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

2014

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

2016

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

Pictured: Rajiv Hanspal, President of ISPO, presents the 2016 George Murdoch prize medal to Dr David Moser

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