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Thursday, January 23, 2003
Cheryl Fee
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Prominent Scientist Joins NIBIB Staff

Bethesda, Maryland — Dr. Robert M. Nerem, a world-renowned researcher in tissue engineering, has joined the staff of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) on a part-time basis. Dr. Nerem will be the Senior Advisor for Biomedical Engineering, and will be responsible for keeping NIBIB staff abreast of new advances in the field, identifying research areas of emphasis, mentoring junior staff in the bioengineering area, and helping establish an intramural program.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Nerem join us at the NIBIB," said Director Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D. "He is the bioengineer's bioengineer and will be invaluable in helping us to fulfill our mission of supporting and conducting innovative research focused on emerging technologies that can have a positive impact on the nation's health care agenda. His expertise and interest in tissue engineering, bioinformatics, computational and modeling methods, and systems integration are well aligned with our areas of growth in bioengineering. In addition, he will also be helpful with extramural outreach and in maintaining strong collaborative relationships with other agencies with whom we share common goals."

Dr. Nerem is currently the director of the Georgia Tech/Emory Center (GTEC) for the Engineering of Living Tissues and is also the director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The GTEC was established in 1998 to focus on the core, enabling technologies for tissue engineering. The GTEC has three programmatic areas: cardiovascular substitutes, metabolic secretory organs, and orthopaedic tissue engineering.

Active in the area of tissue engineering since 1988, Dr. Nerem served as co-chair for the Tissue Engineering Society International (TESi) meeting held last year and serves on the TESi Executive Committee. He is on the editorial board of the Tissue Engineering and Cell Transplantation journals, and is the author of more than 100 refereed journal articles. He is past president of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine and past president of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Dr. Nerem is the founding president of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow of the Council of Arteriosclerosis of the American Heart Association.

He received his doctorate in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Ohio State University. Following faculty positions at Ohio State University and the University of Houston, he joined the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987 as the Parker H. Petit Professor of Engineering and Medicine.

Dr. Nerem will be located at the NIBIB offices at 6707 Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda, Maryland. He may be reached at 301-496-8859.

For more information about the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, visit the NIBIB Web site at http://www.nibib.nih.gov.

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