April 4, 2008

Renowned orthopaedic scientist Laurencin set for Discovery Lecture

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Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.

Renowned orthopaedic scientist Laurencin set for Discovery Lecture

Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., a true renaissance man of orthopaedic science, will deliver the next Discovery Lecture on Thursday, April 10.

Laurencin, chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, will discuss “Musculoskeletal Regeneration: The Regenerative Engineering Approach” at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

During the past 20 years, Laurencin has contributed to more than 100 scientific publications on topics ranging from biomaterials, tissue engineering, drug delivery and nanotechnology.

Laurencin, who also holds professorships in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia, earned his M.D. from Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology from MIT — both in 1987.

A member of the Institute of Medicine, Laurencin received a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award in 1995 in recognition of his work involving biodegradable polymers, and the William Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2002.

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture Series and archived video of previous lectures, go to www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries.