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Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship

Through the efforts of the family and friends of Robert A. Pritzker (IE ’46, Hon. Ph.D. ’84) and the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Society Distinguished Lecturer Award was renamed in 2007 as a tribute to Robert A. Pritzker. The lectureship was designed to honor Pritzker’s dedication to the advancement of the biological engineering field. The purpose of the lecture is to critically review a field of biomedical engineering and offer a vision of its future.

The Distinguished Lectureship is awarded each year to recognize an individual’s outstanding achievements, originality, and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. The Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer delivers a plenary talk at the BMES annual conference in the fall, followed by a presentation in the spring, on Illinois Tech's Mies Campus.

2017 Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic

“Engineering Human Tissues for Regenerative Medicine and Study of Disease”

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic
Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine)
Director, Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
Columbia University, New York

Friday, February 3, 2017
Wishnick Hall, Room 113

Tissue engineering is becoming increasingly successful with authentically representing the actual environmental milieu of the development, regeneration and disease. A classical paradigm of tissue engineering is related to the integrated use of human cells, biomaterial scaffolds (structural and logistic templates for tissue formation) and bioreactors (culture systems providing environmental control, molecular and physical signaling) in regenerative medicine. Living human tissues can be bioengineered from the autologous stem cells, and tailored to the patient and the medical condition being treated.

More recently, the same principles are being successfully applied to the patient-specific “organs on a chip” platforms designed to recapitulate some aspects of human physiology. This talk discussed some recent advances in regenerative engineering and modeling of disease using functional human tissues grown in lab.

Pritzker Distinguished Lecturers

2016 Lecturer Nicholas A. Peppas
2015 Lecturer Martin L. Yarmush
2014 James J. Collins
2013 Ashutosh Chilkoti
2012 Ajit P. Yoganathan
2011 Michael L. Shuler
2010 Rebecca Richards-Kortum
2009 Donald E. Ingber
2008 Buddy D. Ratner
2007 Antonius G. Mikos