Kevin Campbell, a first year graduate student in the Silva Lab, won an award at the Gordon Research Conference (March 20-25, 2016) for “Outstanding Contribution to Conference Discussion”. Kevin received the award, with a small scholarship, for the quantity and quality of his participation following talks. This award was developed to encourage more interactions and collaborations between young and well established scientists.
“The process of winning this award has been both a great learning experience and an opportunity to network and form new collaborations,” says Kevin.
Kevin also presented his project, “Developing Tissue Engineering Strategies for Lymphangiogenesis”. He uses 3D sprouting assays to determine which growth factors and compounds are the most specific for promoting new lymphatic vasculature. His goal is to develop controlled release hydrogels of this most optimum therapeutic for applications as a new treatment for peripheral arterial disease.