Leadership Speaker: Regenerative Engineering: Enabling the Practice of Regenerative Medicine

Date(s) - 09/18/2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Communicore, C1-15

Guillermo Ameer, Sc.D., Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University

Regenerative engineering is the convergence of advances in materials science, physical sciences, stem cell and developmental biology, and translational medicine to develop tools that enable the regeneration and reconstruction of tissue and organ function. I will describe how materials can be engineered to play a critical role in treating tissue and organ defects and dysfunction by promoting cellular processes that are conducive to regeneration. Applications of these materials to address the complications of diabetes and orthopaedic injuries will be discussed.



Dr. Ameer is the Daniel Hale Williams professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the McCormick School of Engineering and the Department of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering (CARE). His research interests include regenerative engineering, biomaterials, additive manufacturing for biomedical devices, controlled drug delivery and bio/nanotechnology for therapeutics and diagnostics.

Dr. Ameer’s laboratory pioneered the development and tissue regeneration applications of citrate-based biomaterials (CBB), the core technology behind the innovative bioresorbable orthopaedic tissue fixation devices CITREFIXTM, CITRESPLINETM, and CITRELOCKTM, which were recently cleared by the F.D.A for clinical use and marketed worldwide. CBBs are the first thermoset synthetic polymers used for implantable biodegradable medical devices. The co-founder of several companies, Dr. Ameer has over 300 publications and conference abstracts and 65 patents issued and pending in 9 countries.

His awards include the Key to the City of Panama, the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature, the SFB Technology Innovation and Development Award, the Chinese Association for Biomaterials Global Biomaterials Leadership Award, the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society Innovation and Commercialization Award, and the Bioactive Materials Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Ameer is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Fellow of the AIChE, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellow of the Materials Research Society, and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Ameer is a Deputy Editor for the AAAS journal Science Advances, Associate Editor for the Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine journal, a member of the board of directors of the Regenerative Engineering Society and AIMBE, and chair of the AIMBE College of Fellows.