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)

  • Zhao, L., Lee, P. V. S., Ackland, D. C., Broom, N. D., & Thambyah, A. (2017). Microstructure Variations in the Soft-Hard Tissue Junction of the Human Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007), 300 (9), 1547-1559. 10.1002/ar.23608
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • Shan, Z., Wade, K. R., Schollum, M. L., Robertson, P. A., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). A more realistic disc herniation model incorporating compression, flexion and facet-constrained shear: a mechanical and microstructural analysis. Part II: high rate or 'surprise' loading. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society10.1007/s00586-017-5253-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • Wade, K. R., Schollum, M. L., Robertson, P. A., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). A more realistic disc herniation model incorporating compression, flexion and facet-constrained shear: a mechanical and microstructural analysis. Part I: Low rate loading. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society10.1007/s00586-017-5252-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • 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
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • van Heeswijk, V. M., Thambyah, A., Robertson, P. A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). Does an Annular Puncture Influence the Herniation Path? An In Vitro Mechanical and Structural Investigation. Spine10.1097/brs.0000000000002336
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • Schollum, M. L., Wade, K. R., Robertson, P. A., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. D. (2017). A microstructural investigation of disc disruption induced by low frequency cyclic loading. Spine10.1097/brs.0000000000002278
    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. Spine10.1097/brs.0000000000002181
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • Workman, J., Thambyah, A., & Broom, N. (2017). The influence of early degenerative changes on the vulnerability of articular cartilage to impact-induced injury. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 43, 40-49. 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2017.01.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah

Contact details

Primary location

ENGINEERING BLOCK 1 - Bldg 401
Level 7, Room 706
20 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand