News Release

January 26, 2009

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Top Bioengineering Honor for UConn Medical School Dean

Laurencin Wins Pierre Galletti Award for Contributions, Leadership

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Dr. Cato T. 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 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 says. “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 February 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 Center and is a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

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Caption: Dr. Cato T. Laurencin of the UConn Health Center is this year’s winner of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s Pierre Galletti Award.

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