Congratulations to Johnny Huard, PhD, on his receipt of the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR) 2007 Prix D’Excellence Award. Dr. Huard is the McGowan Institute Deputy Director; the University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry and Bioengineering; the Director of the University’s and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Stem Cell Research Center; the Henry J. Mankin Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery Research; the Cellular Therapeutic Pillar; the Associate Director of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI); and the co-founder of Cook MyoSite, Inc.
Dr. Huard received this “award of excellence” from his Canadian alma mater, the UQAR. Annually this award is given to one graduate from the UQAR for meeting achievements in career, community involvement, and demonstrating the ability to share human and ethical values. The impact of his research work—to repair, replace, rebuild, and regenerate damaged or diseased tissue of the musculoskeletal system—has catapulted Dr. Huard as one of the leading scientists in the field of regenerative medicine and research on stem cells.
The award was presented to Dr. Huard at a ceremony at Hotel Rimouski, Quebec, during the graduation from the Rector of the UQAR, Michel Ringuet, and the president of the Alumni Association, Mr. Alain Couette. Approximately 1000 people were present.