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Nanotechnology, Tissue Engineering Experts Speak at UTSD

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 10:19am

Officers of the Houston Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) presented a Distinguished Speaker Award to Mauro Ferrari, PhD, in appreciation for a program on nanotechnology and tissue engineering. From left are Houston AADR President-Elect Gena Tribble, PhD; Secretary-Treasurer Ariadne Letra, DDS, PhD; Dr. Ferrari; Houston AADR President Rade Paravina, DDS, PhD; and Ennio Tasciotti, PhD. Both Ferrari and Tasciotti are with The Methodist Hospital Research Institute.

Officers of the Houston Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) presented a Distinguished Speaker Award to Mauro Ferrari, PhD, in appreciation for a program on nanotechnology and tissue engineering. From left are Houston AADR President-Elect Gena Tribble, PhD; Secretary-Treasurer Ariadne Letra, DDS, PhD; Dr. Ferrari; Houston AADR President Rade Paravina, DDS, PhD; and Ennio Tasciotti, PhD. Both Ferrari and Tasciotti are with The Methodist Hospital Research Institute.

The University of Texas School of Dentistry, the Houston Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), and the Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics (HCBB) co-sponsored a well-attended continuing education course for faculty at the school on Feb. 18:  “An Introduction of Nanomedicine and Its Application in Tissue Engineering,” presented by Mauro Ferrari, PhD, and Ennio Tasciotti, PhD.

Ferrari is president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) and holds the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Distinguished Endowed Chair. In addition to many titles and accolades, he holds professorships at UT Health Science Center at Houston, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Rice University.

Tasciotti is interim co-chair of the Departments of Nanomedicine and Regenerative Medicine at TMHRI, as well as director of the Spine Advanced Technology Lab.

On behalf of the sponsors, AADR Houston Section President Rade Paravina, DDS, PhD, thanked Ferrari and Tasciotti for coming to the School of Dentistry, then along with local AADR officers Gena Tribble, PhD, and Ariadne Letra, DDS, PhD, presented a “Distinguished Speaker Award” to Ferrari.

Ferrari is a pioneer nano/microtechnology, especially as applied to drug delivery, cell transplantation, implantable bioreactors and other innovative therapeutic modalities. For his work, he received the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation and the Shannon Directors Award of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ennio Tasciotti lectures Feb. 18 at the School of Dentistry, presenting a well-attended CE course sponsored by the Houston Section, AADR. Photos by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

Dr. Ennio Tasciotti lectures at UT School of Dentistry Feb. 18 during a CE course on tissue engineering, sponsored by the Houston Section, AADR. Photos by Rhonda Whitmeyer.