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Robert A. Pritzker Endowed Chair in Engineering
Vincent Turitto, director of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering was invested as the Robert A. Pritzker Endowed Chair in Engineering on August 10, 2011 in a private ceremony for the Pritzker and Turitto families.
Karen Pritzker funded the chair in honor of her father and University Regent Robert A. Pritzker, who graduated from IIT with an industrial engineering degree in 1946 and has provided vision and leadership to the university for more than 50 years. Pritzker's foresight in establishing the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering at IIT in 1980 has helped bring the university to the forefront of medical engineering research.
Turitto, who leads the Pritzker Institute, has made significant contributions to the expanding body of biomedical engineering research at IIT over the past decade. In addition to serving as director of the Pritzker Institute and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Turitto has authored more than 100 publications, received numerous research grants, and helped establish critical relationships between IIT and other medical research institutions.
"We are grateful to the Pritzker family for their many extraordinary contributions to the future of this university," said President John Anderson. "Endowed chairs are vital in ensuring retention of our best and brightest professors."
Pritzker Distinguished Lecture
"Building a 'Body-On-A-Chip': Towards Better Drug Development"
Michael L. Shuler
Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 8:00 am
Ballroom ABC at the Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
Michael Shuler, chair of Biomedical Engineering, and professor of Chemical Engineering at Cornell University was awarded a 2011 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship. Shuler will present at the annual Biomedical Engineering Society meeting on Thursday, October 13.
The text of the lecture will be published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
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Pritzker Seminar Series:
Neutrons and their Application to Biomimetic Systems
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Friday, October 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Illinois Institute of Technology
Tech Park, Conference room CD
Neutron and X-ray scattering are two of the most powerful structural determination techniques available today. Although many are familiar with the exploits of atomic resolution X-ray crystallography – in particular, protein crystallography - these techniques also have applications in polymer science, colloid chemistry, and materials science. Neutron scattering is ideally suited for the study of biological materials rich in hydrogen because of its ability to interact differentially with hydrogen and its isotope deuterium. It is also one of the few techniques capable of characterizing structure, dynamics and interfacial elationships in complex biological systems. With the suite of neutron scattering instruments suitable for the study of biological materials (e.g. small-angle scattering, diffraction, spectroscopy and reflectometry) in place at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), it is now possible to address questions of interest to the biological and medical communities. Today's seminar will give a brief overview of the neutron's history, its methods of production, and recent applications of neutron scattering to biologically relevant materials (e.g., cholesterol in PUFA bilayers; determination of lipid areas; neutrons and MD simulations).
BME's Sophia Pilipchuk Wins BMES 2011 Undergraduate Student Award
IIT biomedical engineering undergraduate senior Sophia Pilipchuk has been named as one of five recipients of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Undergraduate Student Award, to be presented in October at the BMES Annual Business Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut.
Up to eight undergraduate students are selected from around the country on the basis of originality, significance, thoroughness of design analysis, and performance evaluation. Pilipchuk performs research on "Crosslinking of Tissue Derived Hydrogels" with BME doctoral student Marcella Vaicik and Associate Professor Eric Brey.
Undergraduate awards include a certificate, a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, and a stipend to assist with travel expenses.
Pritzker Seminar Series:
November 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Impact of blood flow and chemical nature of vessel wall lesions on thrombus formation and anti-thrombotic efficacy.
Kjell S. Sakariassen, KellSa s.a.s., Italy
Location University Technology Park at Illinois Institute of Technology
Engineering Center For Diabetes Research and Education (ECDRE)
Omaditya “Goldey” Khanna, a senior ChBE student, won 2nd place in the Fall 2009 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society's research competition.
His talk, “The Synthesis of Multilayered Alginate/Poly-L-Ornithine/Alginate Microcapsules and the Sustained-Release of Fibroblast Growth Factor-1 from the Outer Alginate Layer," conducts research with BME graduate student Monica Moya and BME Associate Professor Eric Brey.
Khanna published 3 peer-reviewed journal articles based on work performed in Dr. Eric Brey's lab in 2010. Khanna was supported as a Ross Scholar during the Summer of 2009.