McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Seungil Kim, PhD (pictured), is the recipient of the Thomas J. Tinlin Chair of Research Award for $50,000 from the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Dr. Kim is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manitoba in Canada in 2018.
At Pitt, Dr. Kim is leading and developing projects focusing on developing bioabsorbable embolization systems. As a polymer/biomedical engineer, he designs and develops new materials and devices for better treatment of aneurysms. His father passed away from a stroke, and he hopes he can help patients with a risk of the rupture.
On April 30, 2017, Tom Tinlin’s life was changed forever due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. He was told by one of his doctors that he came as close to dying as one can, without actually doing it. Since that day, Mr. Tinlin learned that three other patients also suffered an aneurysm rupture that same week and went to the same hospital as him, yet he was the only one to survive. Knowing how fortunate he is, Mr. Tinlin and his family have dedicated themselves to raising awareness and funds about this treatable disease. The funds raised not only fund the Thomas J. Tinlin Chair of Research Award, but also go towards brain aneurysm awareness, support, and education. There are 21 Chairs of Research within the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Congratulations, Dr. Kim!