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Tuesday, March 25, 2003
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NIH Staff Honored by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Three members of the NIH scientific community were recently inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Induction as a Fellow is an honor bestowed only upon individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of medical and biological engineering through important contributions to the theory, practice, or demonstration of unusual accomplishments. All Fellows are nominated, reviewed, and elected by the general membership of AIMBE. The NIH inductees are as follows:

    Donna J. Dean, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering — For directing the initial establishment of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and for important contributions to the field. Prior to her appointment as the Deputy Director in September 2002, Dr. Dean served concurrently as the Senior Scientific Advisor in the Office of the NIH Director, as well as the NIBIB Acting Director. She was instrumental in the formation and development of the organizational, administrative, scientific, and fiscal activities for the new Institute.

    Robert J. Lutz, Ph.D., Acting Director, Drug Delivery and Kinetics Resource, Division of Bioengineering and Physical Science, Office of Research Services — For creative application of chemical engineering science and practice to problems in medicine and biology. Dr. Lutz also serves as the Program Director of the Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program sponsored by the Foundation for NIH and the Whitaker Foundation. He has been engaged in biomedical research in drug transport and delivery at NIH for 31 years.

    Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering — For significant contributions to research in magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Pettigrew was appointed the first Director of NIBIB, the NIH's newest institute, in May 2002. He joined the Institute in September 2002, after nearly two decades at Emory University where he was Professor of Radiology and Medicine (Cardiology) and Professor of Bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also Director of the multidepartmental Emory Center for MR Research, Emory University School of Medicine. He is known for his pioneering work at Emory University involving four-dimensional imaging of the heart using magnetic resonance (MRI), and work on quantitative assessment of blood flow and hemodynamics using MRI. He was also among the first to demonstrate MR imaging of in vivo organ perfusion.

AIMBE is an organization dedicated to providing a clear and comprehensive identity for the field of medical and biological engineering; promoting public awareness; establishing liaisons within the community; improving intersociety relations and cooperation; serving and promoting the national interest in science, engineering, and education; and recognizing individual and group achievements and contributions to the field.


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