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Donald Ingber awarded the 2009 BMES Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship for outstanding achievements, originality and leadership

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, M.D., Ph.D., founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically
Inspired Engineering
at Harvard University, has been awarded the Biomedical
Engineering Society
’s prestigious Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship for 2009.
The lectureship recognizes outstanding achievements, a high level of
originality and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical

of the award, a keynote speech and a dinner honoring Dr. Ingber will take place
at the society’s Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, October 8-10.

“I am
truly honored to be recognized with this award and to be provided with the
opportunity to address such distinguished colleagues,” said Dr. Ingber, who is
also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School
and Children’s Hospital Boston, a professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and an affiliated faculty member of The
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Ingber will deliver a talk, “From Cellular Mechanotransduction to Biologically
Inspired Engineering,” that will fulfill the lectureship’s goal of critically
reviewing an area of bioengineering and offering his vision for the future.

bioengineers have applied engineering principles to solve medical problems. But
we are now at a tipping point in the history of science and engineering – we
are beginning to understand enough about how Nature builds, controls and
manufactures that entirely new engineering principles are already beginning to be
discovered,” Ingber said. “These new engineering strategies will transform
medicine as well as non-medical areas never before touched by the biology