As reported by the Bristol Press, February 7, 2009.

Medical School Dean Wins High Honor

Dr. Cato Laurencin, vice president for health affairs at the University of Connecticut Health Center and dean of the UConn School of Medicine, is the 2009 winner of the Pierre Galletti Award. The award is the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s highest honor.

The Galletti Award recognizes contributions to public awareness of medical and biological engineering and to promotion of the national interest in science, engineering and education.

The AIMBE cites Laurencin’s “seminal contribution to tissue engineering and international leadership in biomedical engineering.”

“I am both honored and humbled to receive the Pierre Galletti Award,” Laurencin said in a prepared statement. “The award is really a tribute to those instrumental in my success in the field: Dr. Robert Langer, my Ph.D. adviser and lifelong mentor, my many great students, and of course my wonderful family.”

Laurencin will accept the award Feb. 13 at the AIMBE’s Annual Event in Washington, D.C.

A nationally prominent bioengineering expert and orthopedic surgeon, Laurencin holds the health center’s Van Dusen endowed chair in academic medicine and is a professor in the department of orthopedic surgery.

The University of Connecticut Health Center includes the schools of medicine and dental medicine, the UConn Medical Group, University Dentists, and John Dempsey Hospital.

Founded in 1961, the Health Center pursues a mission of providing outstanding health care education in an environment of exemplary patient care, research and public service.