Navigation Links
Yale scientist honored for academic innovation and leadership
Date:2/25/2008

New Haven, Conn. Erin Lavik, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Yale, was honored recently by the Connecticut Technology Council as one of their 2008 Women of Innovation.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, honors Connecticut women in eight categories for their achievements as small business owners, entrepreneurs, researchers, community leaders and innovators. This years winners were selected from 105 nominees.

According to Matthew Nemerson, president and chief executive of the Council, the awards help to identify and create a culture of innovation in the state.

Lavik, who was cited for her academic innovation and leadership, focuses her research on developing new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of spinal cord injury and retinal degeneration.

She begins repair of damaged tissues using biodegradable polymers formed into three-dimensional scaffolds that mimic the structure of the tissue. After chemically modifying the scaffold surfaces, she incorporates growth factors that further create an environment for repair.

By combining neural or retinal stem cells with these environments, she is discovering the cues that promote integration and differentiation of the cells into healthy tissue. In a rodent model of spinal cord injury, the seeded scaffold promoted functional recovery allowing the rats to regain a weight-bearing stride. She also collaborated on an implantable system that can form and stabilize a functional network of fine blood vessels critical for supporting tissues in the body.

Lavik is also noted for her leadership, and has played a role in organizing and sustaining the Yale Science Saturdays series of workshops for local schoolchildren. The highly successful program introduces middle- and high-school students to Yale scientists who demonstrate the excitement of their research.

Before joining the Yale faculty of Biomedical Engineering in 2003, Lavik earned her Doctorate of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Among her honors, she was named in 2003 a Top Young Innovator by MITs Technology Review publication for her pioneering work. In 2004, she was nominated for a WIRED Magazine Rave Award as a leading thinker and doer, and she received an Early Career Award for research from the Coulter Foundation in 2006.


'/>"/>

Contact: Janet Rettig Emanuel
janet.emanuel@yale.edu
203-432-2157
Yale University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. CSHL scientists discover new details of a gene-regulatory network governing metabolism
2. Scientists make first map of emerging-disease hotpsots
3. Scientists shed light on long-distance signaling in developing neurons
4. United BioSource Scientist Leads Development of New Guidelines for Drug Reimbursement by German Government
5. Aussie neuroscientist tests addiction drug
6. Scientists explore consciousness
7. Scientists using laser light to detect potential diseases via breath samples, says new study
8. Scientists move towards stem cell therapy trials to mend shattered bones
9. U-M scientists develop tool to probe role of oxidative stress in aging, disease
10. Cell phone-cancer link found by Tel Aviv University scientist
11. Scientists Show Stem Cells Dont Cause Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Yale scientist honored for academic innovation and leadership
(Date:2/11/2016)... , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... J.R. Garrett Esq. as General Counsel. Garrett will focus on contract negotiations, corporate ... audits, privacy and security law, and best practices in data breaches for the ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... AccuVein Inc. ... Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, to include vascular visualization as a standard practice. ... 85% share of the market, facilitates adherence to this standard with its easy ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... ... The annual list showcases the 20 Most Promising SharePoint Solution Providers in 2015. ... to the SharePoint ecosystem. A panel of experts and members of CIOReview’s editorial board ... promote technology entrepreneurship. , The survey was made at the end of the ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... dynamometers and ergoFET force gauges used in physical therapy, occupational therapy and sports ... sensor for resistance cord exercise and therapy, introduces its new microFET Digital Pinch ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... coverage results in significantly higher rates of several common cancer screenings, especially among ... in better outcomes and survival rates. , The study,“What Does Medicaid Expansion ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016  M3 Biotechnology Inc., spurred by a major "team investment" by Bruce Montgomery , ... an oversubscribed Series A-Round, according to CEO Leen Kawas , PhD. ... ... ... Kawas said the ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Calif. , Feb. 11, 2016  AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, ... podium presentation will be made at the 38th annual ... and Wound Care Symposium, which is being held February ... international conference covers the latest advancements in wound healing, ... the American Burn Association, Australian-New Zealand Burns Association, Academy ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... TEL AVIV, Israel , Feb. 11, 2016  Galmed ... clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of a ... announced today that its Chief Medical Officer, Dr. ... retiring from Galmed as Chief Medical Officer and from ... 2016 due to her reaching retirement age. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: