AIChE Member Laurencin Honored in National Geographic

Cato T. Laurencin, director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the UConn Health Center, has been recognized in National Geographic's issue among the top 100 "Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World."

Laurencin's research is on repairing tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the most common knee injuries. His work has studied tissue regeneration that uses both biocompatible and degradable material, which is surgically implanted to create ligament tissue. The purpose for implanting tissue is to stabilize the knee and facilitate the regeneration of ligament tissue.

Laurencin was previously recognized for his work by AIChE and Scientific American Magazine, and was the winner of the Pierre Galletti Award in 2009. He was also elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and to Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

For more details about Laurencin's work, check out the full article by UConn here.


What would you add to the list of world-changing discoveries?

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Rich Byrnes's picture

Congratulations to Cato T. Laurencin, outstanding work (Go Huskies). I would say a very interesting discovery to add to the list is the work done at CERN indicating neutrinos may be traveling at speeds faster than the speed of light. If so, this opens a whole new door in physics that even Albert Einstein’s incredible metal gymnastics, which pushed us past Newtonian Physics, did not contemplated. The possible implications of this discovery are endless, along with the search for the elusive Higgs Boson, this could be the game changer that unlocks the deepest mysteries to “How and Perhaps Why Things Exist” as we know it. Very exciting.