McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine deputy director William Wagner, PhD, professor of surgery, bioengineering and chemical engineering, director of thrombosis research for the Artificial Heart and Lung Program, and deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on "Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials," has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Clemson Award for Applied Research. This award acknowledges the "significant utilization or application of basic knowledge in science to accomplish a significant goal in the biomaterials area…as evidenced by the development of a useful device or material which has achieved widespread usage or acceptance, or expanded knowledge of biomaterials/host tissue relationships…and resulted in improvements in the clinical management of disease."
The award recognizes Dr. Wagner for his significant research, important original publications in the literature, and frequent reference to and reliance upon this work by subsequent researchers. His efforts range from in vitro studies of biomaterial properties to clinical studies and his work is published across the spectrum of basic science and engineering journals to the most respected clinical journals. His research emphasis has been upon tissue engineering of the heart and blood vessels, the development of materials targeted for vascular imaging, and the development of an advanced understanding of important principles related to medical device biocompatibility and design.
The Society for Biomaterials, which was established in 1974 and is the oldest scientific organization in the field of biomaterials, is a professional society that promotes advances in biomedical materials research and development by encouraging cooperative educational programs, clinical applications, and professional standards in the biomaterials field.