The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) awarded principal investigator Bryan Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and faculty member at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a 5-year R01 award for his work entitled “Assessing the Impact of Macrophage Polarization Upon the Success of Biomaterial Implants.” Co-investigators on this project include McGowan Institute affiliated faculty members Pamela Moalli, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Bioengineering, and Stephen Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD, Professor in the Department of Surgery, deputy director of the McGowan Institute, and Director of the Center for Pre-Clinical Tissue Engineering within the Institute.
Additionally, at the end of 2016, Dr. Brown’s team finalized a 1-year, $174,633 research grant from ACell, Inc. entitled “Assessing the Impact of Aging upon the Host Response to MatriStem®”. This grant will be complementary to a future National Institute on Aging (NIA) R01 award scheduled for Spring 2017.
Lastly, Brown Lab students Dan Hachim and Aimon Ifitikhar were finalists in the TERMIS Business Plan Competition. They were awarded 2nd place at the Annual Meeting in December 2016.