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Case Western Reserve receives Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging award
Date:11/5/2008

Eben Alsberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery has been named a 2008 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging by The Ellison Medical Foundation. Case Western Reserve University was invited to nominate two faculty members to submit a proposal, and Alsberg was one of those nominated for this award after an internal competition. National competition was strong, with only 25 awards being granted out of 97 applicants. Dr. Alsberg received this highly prestigious award based on his project proposal, "Novel Microenvironmental Technology to Rescue the Chondrogenic Potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Aged Individuals for Autologous Cartilage Tissue Engineering," which exhibited outstanding promise in the realm of aging research.

The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging awards provide funding for newly independent investigators early in their careers when they are establishing their own labs. Dr. Alsberg's $400,000 award, distributed over the course of four years, is particularly important at a time when federal funds are increasingly difficult for researchers to obtain. The funding provides for laboratory staffing and establishes research programs to support a long, productive career in science.

Alsberg joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Medicine's Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2005 to establish a research program in tissue engineering, biomaterials development, and bioactive factor delivery. His research aims to better understand what external signals or cues can be used to regulate cell behavior. His lab engineers novel biomaterial systems and microenvironments to present these signals to cells in a defined temporal and spatial manner to control their function and ultimately improve tissue regeneration.

During his graduate work at the University of Michigan, Alsberg concentrated on engineering orthopedic tissues such as bone and cartilage. Cartilage
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Contact: Jessica Studeny
jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-368-4692
Case Western Reserve University
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