Excellence in Research Award

2014 Excellence in Research Award Recipient: Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu

alt=""Each year, using an objective assessment that takes into account such things as number of publications, number of grants submitted, and amount of research funding, the SAHP reviews the research activities and achievements of its faculty in selecting the recipient of this award. The recipient of the award is recognized for having made significant research contributions and adding to the knowledge of the clinical, scientific, and/or educational community.

This year’s recipient of the SAHP Excellence in Research Award is Dr. Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education. Dr. Siu completed his degree in physical therapy at Kaohsiung Medical University before coming to the United States to pursue doctoral studies in motor control and learning at the University of Oregon. He went on to do post-doctoral research in biomechanics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

In addition to his appointment in the School of Allied Health Professions, Dr. Siu holds academic appointments in the UNMC Department of Surgery and the UNO School of Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).

Dr. Siu is Principle Investigator or Co-PI on five active grants or contracts totaling over $160,000 in funding support. Since 2009 he has completed research on another seven grants totaling almost one-half million dollars. His research covers a broad range of studies including such things as strategies to evaluate balance and movement, the use of virtual simulation and robotic manipulators to improve robotic surgical educational training, and physical and cognitive issues involved in the delivery of telesurgery. He holds four patents related to surgical simulation and training. He has reviewed abstracts and posters for six national conferences and is a reviewer for seven journals.

Dr. Siu serves as the director of the SAHP Clinical Movement Analysis Lab and the assistant supervisor of the Robotic Laboratories at UNO. He has received numerous honors and awards including the 2013 New Invention Notification Award from UNMC and UNeMed Corporation. Dr. Siu has 33 publications to his credit, two manuscripts recently accepted for publication and four more just submitted, as well as four book chapters and one book.