A West Virginia University physiologist who researches the cause and prevention of muscle strain injuries will give the next Benedum Distinguished Scholar lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the Mountainlair Rhododendron Room.

William T. Stauber, whose work focuses on work-related muscle strains, will speak on Development of Skeletal Muscle Pathology from Repeated Strains. The lecture is open to the public.

Dr. Stauber is one of three recipients of this years Benedum Distinguished Scholar awards for research. The other winners are mechanical engineering Professor Ismail B. Celik and WVU Libraries special collections curator John Cuthbert.

“This is quite an honor,”said Dr. Stauber, whose award is in biosciences and health sciences.”I dont view this as an individual award. Many people have helped me over the years get to where I am today, and I share this honor with them.”

Stauber joined the WVU School of Medicine in 1979 and is a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. He also holds joint appointments in the Department of Neurology and Division of Physical Therapy.

He is internationally known for his research into muscle adaptation to damage and disease. He has written more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, nine book chapters and 60 abstracts.

His latest research, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, focuses on repetitive strain injuries common in the workplace. Using rat models, he replicates muscle injuries humans sustain from repeated activity and studies the healing process. He has found that the ratsinjuries never fully heal and that the repeated stress differs from exercise strain, suggesting more rest intervals could reduce on-the-job injuries in humans.

Stauber has also studied muscle healing in space in a project funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He and other scientists sent injured rats into orbit aboard a spacecraft and examined them upon their return to Earth. They found that the ratsmuscles healed at the same degree in space but at a slower rate.

In 1999, colleagues honored Stauber for his lifetime research achievements by inviting him to give the Steve J. Rose Memorial Lecture at Washington University in St. Louis.

Born in East Orange, N.J., Stauber has a bachelors degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College and masters and doctoral degrees in physiology from Rutgers University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in physiology and biophysics at the University of Iowa before coming to WVU .

He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an honorary fellow of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics.

He lives in Morgantown with his wife, Francoise, a research assistant in the School of Medicine. They have one son, Renaud, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who is studying physics at the University of Colorado.

The Benedum and Distinguished Professors of WVU established the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Awards in 1985-86 to honor and reward University faculty for excellence in research, scholarship or creative endeavors. The awards recognize either a single recent achievement of note or a long, distinguished career that is still ongoing. The program is funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and coordinated by the Office of Academic Affairs and Research.