Joint Meeting

Von Hippel Award Presentation featuring Cato T. Laurencin

Wednesday, December 2
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for the Von Hippel Award presentation and live discussion featuring 2020 recipient, Cato Laurencin, University Professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor at the University of Connecticut.

The Materials Research Society’s highest honor, the Von Hippel Award, is conferred annually to an individual in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding contribution to interdisciplinary research on materials. Named after Arthur von Hippel (1898–2003), the award recognizes the qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers—brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with a vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional disciplines, as exemplified by the life of Arthur von Hippel.

Cato T. Laurencin is honored “for pioneering work in engineering of musculoskeletal tissues, for extraordinary work guiding technology and science policy, and for promoting ethnic diversity and excellence in science.”

Cato Laurencin

Cato T. Laurencin, University of Connecticut
Regenerative Engineering: Materials and Convergence

We define regenerative engineering as the convergence of advanced materials science, stem cell science, physics, developmental biology, and clinical translation. Our focus has been musculoskeletal tissue regeneration and involves a transdisciplinary approach. Polymeric nanofiber systems create the prospect for biomimetics that recapitulate connective tissue ultrastructure allowing for the design of biomechanically functional matrices, or next generation matrices that create a niche for stem cell activity. Polymer and polymer-ceramic systems can be utilized for the regeneration of bone. Hybrid matrices possessing micro and nano architecture can create advantageous systems for regeneration, while the use of classic principles of materials science and engineering can lead to the development of three-dimensional systems suitable for functional regeneration of tissues of the knee. Engineered systems for soft tissues take advantage of architectural, biomechanical and biochemical cues.  New classes of biomaterials create novel paradigms for regeneration. Through the deep integration of a number of technologies, we can approach regeneration in a more holistic way.

About Cato T. Laurencin

Cato T. Laurencin is internationally-renowned in biomaterials science. He is the University Professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor at the University of Connecticut.  He earned his BSE degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, his PhD degree in biochemical engineering/biotechnology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MD degree magna cum laude from the Harvard Medical School.

Laurencin published the seminal papers and patents on nanomaterials science for tissue regeneration. For pioneering work on polymer-ceramic systems for bone regeneration, he was named one of the 100 Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

The pioneer of the field of regenerative engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded Laurencin the Philip Hauge Abelson Prize "for signal contributions to the advancement of science in the United States." He is the only individual to receive both the oldest/highest award of the National Academy of Engineering (the Simon Ramo Founder’s Award) and the oldest/highest award of the National Academy of Medicine (the Walsh McDermott Medal). 

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