Emeritus Professor Neil David Broom

Biography

  • Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, 2007-present.
  • UK Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Cambridge, 1971-1975
  • NZ Health Research Council Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland, 1975-2001
  • Associate Professor /Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland, 2002 to present.
     

Qualifications

  • BE Hons (Metallurgy), Melbourne
  • PhD, The University of Auckland

Research | Current

 

  • Joint tissue biomechanics (cartilage, bone)
  • Spinal biomechanics
  • Structure/function relationships in biological tissues
     

Research groups

Experimental Tissue Mechanics research group
 

Teaching | Current

 

  • CHEMMAT 121 Materials Science
  • CHEMMAT 221 Materials
  • CHEMMAT 753 Non Metallic Materials

Distinctions/Honours

Awarded the 2015 Biomechanics Prize in Spinal Research by the International Society For The Study of Lumbar Spine.

Awarded the 2014 North American Spine Society (NASS) Outstanding Paper Prize (Basic Science).

Awarded the 2014 Spine Society of Australia Basic Science Prize.

Awarded the 2013 MacDiarmid Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Awarded the 2011 AG-Grammer European Spine Journal Prize as the best basic science and applied research contribution published in the European Spine Journal in 2011.

Awarded the 2010 Spine Society of Australia Basic Science Prize. Awarded the 2010 Biomechanics Prize in Spinal Research by the International Society For The Study of Lumbar Spine.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ, 2008.

Awarded the 2008 Basic Science Prize in Spinal Research by the International Society For The Study of Lumbar Spine. Elected to scientific membership of the NZ Orthopaedic Association, July 2007

Awarded the 2006 Spine Society of Australia Basic Science Prize.

Awarded the 2005 Spine Society of Australia Basic Science Prize.

Awarded Leverhulme Visiting Research Professorship, Institute of Advanced Studies, Department of Anatomy, University of Bristol December 2001 to July 2002.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

 

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Member of the NZ Orthopaedic Association

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Sapiee, N. H., Thambyah, A., Robertson, P. A., & Broom, N. D. (2019). New evidence for structural integration across the cartilage-vertebral endplate junction and its relation to herniation. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 19 (3), 532-544. 10.1016/j.spinee.2018.08.013
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • Jacob, B., Jüllig M, Middleditch, M., Payne, L., Broom, N., Sarojini, V., & Thambyah, A. (2018). Protein Levels and Microstructural Changes in Localized Regions of Early Cartilage Degeneration Compared with Adjacent Intact Cartilage. Cartilage10.1177/1947603518809401
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • Schollum, M. L., Wade, K. R., Shan, Z., Robertson, P. A., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2018). The Influence of Concordant Complex Posture and Loading Rate on Motion Segment Failure: A Mechanical and Microstructural Investigation. Spine, 43 (19), E1116-E1126. 10.1097/brs.0000000000002652
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • van Heeswijk, V. M., Thambyah, A., Robertson, P. A., & Broom, N. D. (2018). Does an Annular Puncture Influence the Herniation Path?: An In Vitro Mechanical and Structural Investigation. Spine, 43 (7), 467-476. 10.1097/brs.0000000000002336
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42729
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah, Vonne van Heeswijk
  • Schollum, M. L., Wade, K. R., Robertson, P. A., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2018). A microstructural investigation of disc disruption induced by low frequency cyclic loading. Spine, 43 (3), E132-E142. 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002278
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42116
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • Broom, N. D. (2018). The collagen framework of articular cartilage: Its profound influence on normal and abnormal loadbearing function. Collagen: Volume II: Biochemistry and Biomechanics (pp. 243-265). 10.1201/9781351070782
  • Nickien, M., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). How a decreased fibrillar interconnectivity influences stiffness and swelling properties during early cartilage degeneration. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 75, 390-398. 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2017.07.042
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44866
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • van Heeswijk, V. M., Thambyah, A., Robertson, P. A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). Posterolateral disc prolapse in flexion initiated by lateral inner annular failure: An investigation of the herniation pathway. Spine, 42 (21), 1604-1613. 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002181
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43984
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah, Vonne van Heeswijk

Contact details

Primary office location

2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
2-6 PARK AVE
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand