The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $60,000 to three research groups through its 2018 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. The latest funding proposals include a new drug-eluting contact lens for treatment of dry eye disease, a new method of measuring ocular changes in glaucoma, and a new instrument for management of ketogenic diets. Each of these projects includes McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty members on their research teams.
The Badylak Lab was featured recently on the weekly TV news show, Full Measure. McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine deputy director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the McGowan Institute, was interviewed by Joce Sterman, an investigative journalist whose work has won her numerous awards including regional Emmys, Associated Press recognition, and an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative contributions to breaking news.
Congratulations to McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine deputy director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the McGowan Institute, as his h-index (Scopus) has reached 100. The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist. The index is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.
Recognizing their impact in industry and government, the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering announced its 2019 Distinguished Alumni honorees. The recipients, who represent the School’s six departments and the Swanson School overall, will be honored at the 55th annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet on March 28, 2019, at 5:30 pm in the Connolly Ballroom of Alumni Hall.
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine has racked up some impressive numbers in its 25-year existence. Researchers affiliated with the McGowan Institute have had 140 patents issued, filed more than 900 invention disclosures; had their technology licensed more than 170 times and have spun out nearly 30 companies from the University.
Duquesne University Professor John Pollock, PhD, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the field of developmental neurobiology and pain research, and STEM education outreach to museums, schools and the public through digital media. Dr. Pollock is a McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Bradley Nindl, PhD, director of the Neuromuscular Research Lab/Warrior Human Performance Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, recently spoke about how scientific and technological advances in physical education and exercise science will make way for an injury-free military as a featured speaker for Springfield College’s Karpovich Lecture.
Stephanie Rigot, DPT, a physical therapy and bioengineering graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, received a Postdoctoral Clinical and Translational Science Fellowship. This competitive award provides a stipend and partial tuition support for up to two years of multidisciplinary clinical and translational research. Dr. Rigot works in the laboratory of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Michael Boninger, MD, Professor and UPMC Endowed Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
From the laboratory of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Deputy Director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, Professor in the Department of Surgery and Director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the Institute, graduate student Lindsey Saldin received the Bioengineering Graduate Student Award.
Duquesne University Associate Pharmacy Professor Jelena Janjic, PhD, received a 2018 Innovator Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times for her research in pain nanomedicine. Dr. Janjic is an affiliated faculty member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, Deputy Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is the recipient of the 2018 Marlin Mickle Outstanding Innovator Award. During the Innovation Institute’s Celebration of Innovation on December 3, 2018, Dr. Badylak was presented with this prestigious honor.
Effective December 1, 2018, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Kacey Marra, PhD, will assume the position of Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Marra will also officially be appointed to the rank of Professor of Plastic Surgery, with tenure.
In honor of the over more than 30 years of pioneering work, unwavering dedication and commitment to UPMC Sports Medicine of Freddie Fu, MD, the medical building on the campus of the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex has been renamed the UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center.
In recognition of his “service and commitment to the field of chemistry over the years, with particular emphasis on efforts to reinvent chemical engineering education in the Pittsburgh area,” the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has named University of Pittsburgh Professor and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Steven Little, PhD, as recipient of its 2018 Pittsburgh Award. Dr. Little is the William Kepler Whiteford Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering.
Tyler Meder, a bioengineering graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded first place among more than 40 participants at a poster session during the 7th annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation. The title of his winning paper is “Combining a Peripheral Nerve Matrix Derived Hydrogel and Post-Surgical Therapy for Improving Functional Recovery Following Nerve Reconstruction.” The symposium was hosted in Seattle on October 11-13, 2018.
In pursuing its mission, the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) grants specific focus to early stage investigators working in North America whose commitment to their discipline of study is innovative, impactful, and honors their country of origin.
Annually, Modern Healthcare sponsors The Up & Comers awards and recognition program which acknowledges healthcare’s rising stars. These young executives have made significant contributions in the areas of healthcare administration, management, or policy. This year, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member MaCalus Hogan, MD, was named an Up & Comer for 2018.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded three VA Merit Review Grants to the Human Engineering and Research Laboratory (HERL). The mission of HERL is to continuously improve the mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation.
A total of $475,000 in prizes were awarded at the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh®) final event, in which teams competed with projects aimed at improving human performance, which was defined broadly as benefitting physiological or psychological functioning of healthy people or those with chronic disease.
Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance (GBA) celebrated its silver anniversary at the Emerald Evening Fundraising gala, an annual event to recognize local construction projects that emphasize green, sustainable design. This year’s ceremony was especially auspicious.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Warren Ruder, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, receives prestigious honor from the NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. Dr. Ruder joins Peter Strick, PhD, scientific director of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute and distinguished professor and chair of neurobiology, and Erik Wright, PhD, an assistant professor of biomedical informatics, as a recipient of this year’s recognition.
The Ladies Hospital Aid Society 2018 Trailblazer Awards went to six doctors advancing the cause of medicine in their fields. Two of the six recipients were McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty members:
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Times, the 2018 Health Care Hero Awards honor the individuals, companies, and organizations in western Pennsylvania for their contributions to improving health care in our region.
Two leading cancer researchers from the Women’s Cancer Research Center, a collaborative effort between UPMC Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, recently received the Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania Terri L. Chapman Award.
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Bioengineering selected Ali Behrangzade for its Leonard H. Berenfield Graduate Fellowship in Cardiovascular Bioengineering. This competitive fellowship is awarded to one student each academic year. Mr. Behrangzade is a graduate student in the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab, which is headed by McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Jonathan Vande Geest, PhD, Professor, Department of Bioengineering.
Soroosh Sanatkhani, a bioengineering graduate student working in the lab of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Sanjeev Shroff, PhD, was named the 2018 Wes Pickard Fellow by the Department of Bioengineering. Recipients of this award are selected by the department chair and chosen based on academic merit.
Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT—Director of Rehabilitation for UPMC International and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh with secondary appointments in the Departments of Physical Therapy, Bioengineering, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics—and Julie Phillippi, PhD—Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering—have joined the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Executive Committee.
National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has selected its award recipients of the 2018 NKF Young Investigator Research Grant Program, which strives to improve the quality of life for people with kidney disease by funding promising young scientists in their research to discover the causes of kidney disease, prevent its progression, and improve treatment for those living with it today. One of the projects selected includes the expertise of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Kang Kim, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh and the Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC.
The Wiegand Summer Internship provides an opportunity for a high school senior, who resides in Allegheny County and who graduated in the spring of 2018, to spend 5 weeks learning first-hand about regenerative medicine research and scientific investigations in general.
A new group of graduate students and their advisers is joining the drive to increase diversity and inclusion in science. Emily Ackerman, PhD student, and her adviser, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Jason Shoemaker, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, is one of those student-adviser pairs. Ms. Ackerman is a PhD student studying network virology and host immune responses in Dr. Shoemaker’s lab.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member George Gittes, MD, a nationally recognized pediatric surgeon and well-established basic scientist, has been appointed director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for Pediatric Research and co-scientific director at UPMC Children’s Hospital. He also will assume the title of surgeon-in-chief emeritus.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine is pleased to announce that Catalina Pineda Molina, a doctoral student within the Bioengineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate researcher in the laboratory of McGowan Institute Deputy Director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, will be awarded the 2018 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award during the upcoming 2018 TERMIS World Congress. The 2018 TERMIS World Congress is scheduled for September 4-7, 2018, and will be held in Kyoto, Japan.
“If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?”
This is the question asked to thousands of dentists to help determine who the topDentists should be. Dentists and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies, and of course physical results. Pittsburgh Magazine’s annual list, which contains 376 dentists across 11 specialties, includes 3 McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty members:
The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $105,000 to five research groups through its 2018 Round-1 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. Four of these research groups involve the expertise of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty members; the projects include
Duquesne University professor John Pollock, PhD, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring to honor his career in educating students from universities to grade schools. Dr. Pollock is an affiliated faculty member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine congratulates George Hussey, PhD, and Jenna Dziki, PhD student, on their newly published Nature Reviews Materials article entitled, “Extracellular matrix-based materials for regenerative medicine.” It is featured on the cover of the July 2018 issue of the journal with a 3D image of the matrix network by Visuals Unlimited, Inc./Dr. Edna Cukierman.
The American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) selected Alexandra May, a chemical engineering graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, as a finalist for the Willem Kolff Award at its 64th annual meeting. The award, named after the late Dutch physician who invented the original artificial kidney, recognizes the top abstracts at each annual meeting.