McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine deputy director Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, professor in the Department of Surgery and director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the McGowan Institute, was honored with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society-Americas (TERMIS-AM). The TERMIS-AM Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize an individual who has contributed immensely to the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine field. The award is presented to an individual whose work has impacted and assisted with laying the foundation stones for the field.
Dr. Badylak directs a laboratory focused upon the use of biologic scaffolds composed of extracellular matrix (ECM) to facilitate functional tissue and organ reconstruction. Dr. Badylak is the past President of TERMIS, the author of more than 300 peer reviewed publications, and holds more than 50 issued U.S. patents and 300 patents worldwide. Dr. Badylak is the editor of the textbook “Host Response to Biomaterials” (Academic Press, 2015). The focus of Dr. Badylak’s work has been the mechanisms by which ECM signals host tissues to promote and support functional tissue reconstruction. Dr. Badylak places high emphasis upon clinical translation of all activities in the laboratory and work conducted within the laboratory spans the full spectrum from basic science at the subcellular level to patient care at the bed side.
The award was presented to Dr. Badylak in Orlando, FL, during the TERMIS-AM Annual Conference and Exhibition. In addition to his plaque, Dr. Badylak received a $2000 honorarium and $1000 towards travel expenses to the conference including a complimentary conference registration.
Congratulations, Dr. Badylak!
Illustration: John Fisher, Chair TERMIS-AM (left) presents Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD (right) with the 2019 TERMIS-AM Lifetime Achievement Award.