The Society for Biomaterials (SFB) is a professional society which promotes advances in biomedical materials research and development by encouragement of cooperative educational programs, clinical applications, and professional standards in the biomaterials field. Biomaterials scientists and engineers study cells, their components, complex tissues and organs, and their interactions with natural and synthetic materials and implanted prosthetic devices, as well as develop and characterize the materials used to measure, restore, and improve physiologic function, and enhance survival and quality of life. Since 2005, the SFB has named three faculty from the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine as recipients of their most prestigious awards. Honorees (pictured left to right) include:
- Stephen F. Badylak, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.D., deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and professor, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
- Steven R. Little, Ph.D., 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
- William R. Wagner, Ph.D., director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and professor of surgery, bioengineering and chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh
Clemson Award for Applied Research
Drs. Badylak (2005) and Wagner (2011) each received the Clemson Award for Applied Research. Their accomplishments consist of significant utilization or application of basic knowledge in science to accomplish a significant goal in the biomaterials area. The achievement is 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 which have received widespread acceptance and resulted in improvements in the clinical management of disease.
Dr. Badylak Selected as the Recipient of the 2005 Clemson Award for Applied Research
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Deputy Director Dr. William Wagner Receives 2011 Clemson Award for Applied Research
Young Investigator Award
Dr. Little received the Young Investigator Award in 2012. The Young Investigator Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of biomaterials research. Recipients for the SFB Young Investigator Award are within 10 years of receipt of their terminal degree (PhD or equivalent) and, if they work in an academic institution, are not tenured at the time of nomination.
Dr. Steven Little Awarded the 2012 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials