News Release

Thursday, October 13, 2011

NIH institute director receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Roderic Pettigrew honored by Biomedical Engineering Society.

Roderic Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health has been selected to receive the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). It is the most prestigious award conferred by the society to a non-academic institution for contributions of preeminent importance to the field of biomedical engineering. Previous recipients of the BMES Distinguished Achievement Award have come from organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Boston Scientific Corporation, and the Whitaker Foundation. The award will be presented at the BMES annual scientific conference in Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 14, 2011.

Richard Waugh, BMES president noted “BMES selected Dr. Pettigrew as the recipient of this prestigious award due to his significant contributions to the field of biomedical engineering. Under Dr. Pettigrew’s leadership over the last decade, NIBIB has become a catalyst for medical technology development and innovation by conducting and funding seminal research in biomedical imaging and bioengineering. We are pleased to honor and acknowledge Dr. Pettigrew’s pivotal role in biomedical engineering research, development, and education.”

A lecture entitled The Critical Roles of Convergence Science and Technological Innovation in Tomorrow’s Healthcare will be given by Dr. Pettigrew in the Hartford Convention Center immediately following receipt of the award.

Dr. Pettigrew is known for his pioneering research at Emory University, Atlanta, involving four-dimensional imaging of the cardiovascular system using magnetic resonance (MRI). He has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies, and to fellowship in the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

The BMES 2011 conference will be co-hosted by Brown University, Providence, R.I., and the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and will feature more than 1,500 poster presentations and hundreds of oral presentations during three days of symposia and sessions on biomedical engineering.

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIBIB supports on site and external research at more than 100 research institutions, universities, medical centers, and private organizations throughout the United States. The Institute implements a wide variety of biomedical imaging and bioengineering programs to foster the development of innovative medical technologies to improve healthcare. Fact sheets on the research areas of the NIBIB and other topics are available in English and Spanish and can be found on the NIBIB web site at

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