Bracaglia Named 2014 TERMIS-AM Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student

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BioE graduate student Laurie Bracaglia

Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE) graduate student Laurie Bracaglia was awarded the 2014 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award by the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society—Americas Chapter (TERMIS-AM), the leading society in the field of tissue engineering.

Bracaglia was recognized for her research on a novel hybrid material for use in cardiovascular applications. The goal of her work is to develop a renewable, living material, grown from an implantable prosthetic heart valve or vascular patch.

“Many of the challenges faced in current cardiovascular therapy stem from the materials available for implantation, and so developments in this area could eliminate re-stenosis, calcification and repeated surgeries, as well as improve healing and maintenance of the injured or diseased site,” Bracaglia said.

Much of Bracaglia’s research has focused on making cardiovascular devices more durable, particularly those used for the pediatric population, an often under-served population in this area of cardiovascular research.

Bracaglia will be presented with an honorarium and plaque recognizing her outstanding achievement within the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine field at the TERMIS-AM conference in Washington, D.C., to be held in December 2014. In addition, her award-winning manuscript will be published in the journal, Tissue Engineering Par A.

Published July 21, 2014