Martha L. Gray, J. W. Kieckhefer Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering, in both the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology and the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments, was named a fellow for "pioneering contributions to advancing orthopedic science, and for distinguished leadership in the design and implementation of scholarly programs that integrate science, engineering, medicine and business."
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of fellow to 486 members, including nine members of the MIT community. See the December 18, 2008 MIT News Office announcement for more information about the other MIT faculty recipients.
Professor Gray's research is geared towards understanding and, ultimately preventing or slowing the cartilage degeneration that affects at least 6 out of 10 people over age 45. Over the last decade, the efforts of Professor Gray and her colleagues have been primarily directed at establishing MRI tools that provide a picture of the biochemical and functional properties of the tissue. Specifically, they have developed and verified a method that indicates the amount of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) in the tissue.
Gray and her colleagues have also shown that differences in GAG correspond with differences in mechanical (functional) tissue properties. Though some important issues remain to be solved before this imaging method becomes, as routine as x-rays are now, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that this method could ultimately become a routine tool.
Congratulations Martha Gray!