Cato Laurencin

“Regenerative Engineering of Hard and Soft Musculoskeletal Tissues”

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering and the Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Farmington. Dr. Laurencin is a University Professor at the University of Connecticut (the 5th in the school’s history) and is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Professor of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering at the University.

Dr. Laurencin previously served as the UConn Health Center’s Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the UConn School of Medicine. Prior to his arrival at the UConn Health Center, Dr. Laurencin was the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, as well as the Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Virginia Health System. In addition, he was designated as a University Professor at the University of Virginia, one of the university’s most prestigious titles, and held professorships in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

President Obama named Dr. Laurencin a 2009 winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence, awarded to science, math and engineering mentors. Additionally, Dr. Laurencin was recently honored by Scientific American Magazine as one of the top 50 innovators for his groundbreaking technological work in the regeneration of knee tissue. He was also recently named among “100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is the 2009 winner of the Pierre Galletti Award, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s highest honor.

Dr. Laurencin is an expert in shoulder and knee surgery and an international leader in tissue engineering research. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is widely published in scholarly journals and holds more than 20 U.S. patents.

When: January 26, 2012 4:00 PM

Where: 1005 GBSF