IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
It's probably fate that Stuart Warden's career in physical therapy in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences finds the Australian native working with the human skeleton; after all, when he played Australian rules football - think soccer mixed with U.S. football with a dash of demolition derby - he saw enough battered and bruised bodies to begin a successful orthopaedic practice.
Warden, who also has an adjunct appointment in the IU School of Medicine's anatomy and cell biology department, was one of the finalists for this year's "Indy's Best and Brightest" awards (the health and life sciences category). The awards are based on professional accomplishments, impact on the workplace and professional leadership, among other criteria. He also received a 2006 "new investigator award" from the American College of Sports Medicine, the latest in a series that has helped the IUPUI faculty member build an international reputation for research excellence.
When he isn't exploring the impact of human activity - from daily life to high-level athletic competition - on the musculoskeletal system, Warden and his wife, Robyn Fuchs (an assistant research professor in the anatomy and cell biology department) love to take their dogs Max and Daisy to the river for a swim, or host friends for dinners ranging from formal to backyard barbecues.
Warden has been a professional consultant for both medical and pharmaceutical firms, and has indulged his passion for sports as a team physical therapist for teams and individual competitors.