Brain-Computer Interface Technology Wins Breakthrough Award
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty members Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD, UPMC neurosurgeon and assistant professor of neurological surgery and bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine and Engineering, and Andrew Schwartz, PhD, professor of neurobiology, Pitt School of Medicine, and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Michael Boninger, MD, director, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pitt School of Medicine, and their team received a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for their brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. In the award’s eighth year, Popular Mechanics continues to recognize the innovators and products that have dramatically advanced the fields of technology, medicine, space exploration, automotive design, environmental engineering, and more.
Request for Proposals: $100,000 Awards for Translational Research
The Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partners II (TPII) Program at the University of Pittsburgh funds translational research projects in healthcare, with the goal of accelerating the introduction of new technologies into patient care to address unmet clinical needs. Examples of desirable translational research projects and outcomes include systems and devices for the improved diagnosis and treatment of disease including both diagnostic and therapeutic solutions.
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine congratulates the following award winners honored at this year’s Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS) World Congress – Vienna, Austria:
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Rory Cooper, PhD—University of Pittsburgh FISA and Paralyzed Veterans of America Chair and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, director of the University’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), and professor of bioengineering, mechanical engineering, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and orthopaedic medicine at Pitt—was interviewed by NBC regarding biomedical science and biomechanical engineering and technology surrounding athletes in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Dr. Cooper was featured in three online NBC videos as part of the network’s coverage of the Games. The 5-minute educational videos, part of NBC’s “Science of the Olympics” series, highlight athletes including Oscar Pistorius, double-amputee sprinter, and Jenny Simpson, a steeplechaser turned 1,500-meter runner.
Gerlach Lab Postdoc Presents Award-Winning Regenerative Medicine Poster
The poster presented by McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine postdoctoral fellow Roger Esteban, PhD, entitled Delivery of Epidermal and Dermal Stem Cells to a Burn Wound via a Spray Device- Exploring Human Fetal Skin Progenitor Cells for Regenerative Medicine Cell Based Therapy, has been selected as one of the Best Poster Presentations at the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) 2012 Postdoctoral Data & Dine Symposium. Dr. Esteban works in the laboratory of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Joerg Gerlach, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director of the Bioreactor Group of the McGowan Institute.
Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has been granted department status, completing its evolution from a division under the Department of Surgery. The new department will be led by J. Peter Rubin, MD, UPMC Professor of Plastic Surgery and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member.
In recognition of their scientific contributions and accomplishments, McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Peter Strick, PhD, and two other University of Pittsburgh faculty members have been elected to membership in the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which was established by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to provide independent advice to the government on matters related to science and technology.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine 2012 Top Docs
The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine applauds its affiliated faculty members who were recently recognized by Pittsburgh magazine. Each year the magazine commissions Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to select top doctors on the national and regional levels. The physician-led research team identifies highly skilled, exceptional doctors by evaluating their medical education, training, and hospital appointments, and by surveying area hospital leaders and physicians. This year 25 McGowan Institute affiliated faculty were recognized in the May issue of the magazine with three colleagues* receiving dual specialty acknowledgment. Congratulations are extended to:
PittsburghMagazine recently published astonishing stories of patients who cheated death or permanent disability, and the physicians who saved their lives. Featured in these patient stories were the medical efforts of two McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty members (pictured left to right):
Dr. Steven Little Named Chair of Pitt’s Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Steven Little, PhD, Associate Professor and Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow of the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, according to an announcement from the Office of the Dean. Dr. Little’s appointment is effective May 1, 2012.
New Director and Associate Director of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Named
William R. Wagner, PhD, professor of surgery, bioengineering and chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been named director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a joint effort of Pitt and UPMC, effective immediately. Rocky S. Tuan, PhD, the Arthur J. Rooney Professor in Sports Medicine and executive vice chair for research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pitt school of Medicine, has been named associate director.
Badylak Lab Team Members Receive NIH Grants for Regenerative Medicine Projects
Team members in the laboratory of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine deputy director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, and director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the McGowan Institute, are the recipients of two National Institute of Health (NIH) F31 Grants. The two PhD candidates receiving the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) are Brian Sicari (pictured top) and Denver Faulk (pictured bottom).
Regenerative Medicine Focus of TEDx Presentation in Argentina
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Alejandro Nieponice, MD, PhD, is currently a research assistant professor of the department of surgery at University of Pittsburgh. He is also the director of minimally invasive esophageal surgery at Fundación Favaloro in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Nieponice recently participated in a TEDx held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The focus of his presentation was regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and their uses in surgical applications.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member James Kang, MD, was recently named by Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management Review as one of its “207 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know,” an annual list profiling spine surgeons and specialists from around the country. Dr. Kang and other physicians included on this list were chosen based on their professional accomplishments, leadership in orthopedic and spine organizations, and research in the field. Dr. Kang’s recognition was based on his significant contributions to the advancement of spine surgery through research and technology development as well as by training spine surgeons of the future.
Dr. Harvey Borovetz Receives ASEE’s Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Harvey Borovetz, PhD, was named the recipient of the 2012 Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Borovetz is the Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering (his inaugural lecture, “Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh: Past, Present and A TERRIFIC FUTURE,” was presented March 20, 2012), the Robert L. Hardesty Professor, Department of Surgery, Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and the Deputy Director of Artificial Organs and Medical Devices at the McGowan Institute.
The Lancet Features Tissue Engineering Work of Dr. Stephen Badylak
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine deputy director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, and director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the McGowan Institute, is a member of a team of researchers involved in the study entitled “Engineered whole organs and complex tissues” which was published in The Lancet. The other authors of this featured series paper are:
Dr. Savio Woo Receives 2012 IEEE Gold Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Savio Woo, PhD, DSc, DEng, Distinguished University Professor of Bioengineering and founder and director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center (MSRC) in the Pitt Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering, as the 2012 recipient of the IEEE Gold Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology.
Dr. Prashant Kumta Honored by Forbes India Magazine
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Prashant Kumta, PhD, the Edward R. Weidlein Chair at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and professor in the Departments of BioEngineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, was recently featured in Forbes India magazine which focuses on science and technology. Dr. Kumta was identified as one of “18 Indian Minds Who Are Doing Cutting Edge Work.” The magazine honored him as a scientist working in the fields of energy and medicine.
Biomimetics Is Focus of Senior Vice Chancellor’s Research Seminar Series Lecture
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Steven Little, PhD, chair of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, associate professor, and Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow of the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, recently delivered a lecture in the 2012 Senior Vice Chancellor’s Research Seminar series. The title of Dr. Little’s presentation was “Medicine That Imitates Life through Biomimetic Drug Delivery.”
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Research and Its People Receive Awards for Excellence
The Pittsburgh Carnegie Science Center established the Awards for Excellence program in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in Western Pennsylvania. Celebrating its 16th year, the Carnegie Science Awards have honored the accomplishments of more than 300 individuals and organizations that have improved lives through their commitment and contributions in science and technology. Award winners were announced on February 2, 2012. On May 11, 2012, at the Carnegie Music Hall the following award recipients from the McGowan Institute will be honored for their tremendous work and its impact on the vitality in the region:
Regenerative Medicine as Veterinary Career Path Option
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) provides leadership for and promotes excellence in academic veterinary medicine to prepare the veterinary workforce with the scientific knowledge and skills required to meet societal needs through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. The AAVMC website sponsors a series of “veterinary spotlights” to show students the vast array of careers that are available to veterinarians. The career path of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine deputy director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, and director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the McGowan Institute, was recently the subject of the series.
The Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) recently announced the election results for their governing board. William R. Wagner, PhD, has been selected as the chair-elect of the North American Chapter of TERMIS. Dr. Wagner is the director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and professor in the Departments of Surgery, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Congratulations are also extended to Kacey Marra, PhD, who was elected to the TERMIS North American Council. Dr. Marra is associate professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, director of the Plastic Surgery Laboratory, as well as co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Research Featured on Cover of Prestigious Journal
The research efforts of McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Kacey Marra, PhD, associate professor, Department of Surgery, and co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center, University of Pittsburgh, and her colleagues McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty members Jörg Gerlach, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, and J. Peter Rubin, MD, chief of the UPMC Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and director of the UPMC Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine, and co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center, were not only published in Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods, but were featured on the journal’s cover. Their paper is entitled “Adipogenesis of Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Within Three-Dimensional Hollow Fiber-Based Bioreactors” and presents the development of a coherent 3D high density fat-like tissue consisting of unilocular structure from primary adipose stem cells in vitro.