Schmidt Receives National Clemson Award for Applied Research


Dr. Christine E. Schmidt, professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair, has been awarded the 2019 Clemson Award for Applied Research from the Society for Biomaterials.

Clemson Awards are given in honor of the strong traditional ties between the Society for Biomaterials and Clemson University that have existed since 1974. Awardees are selected by the Society for Biomaterials Awards, Ceremonies and Nominations Committee and confirmed by the President of Clemson University.

Schmidt was cited for “her development of a useful device or material which has achieved widespread usage or acceptance, or expanded knowledge of biomaterials/host tissue relationships which have received widespread acceptance and resulted in improvements in the clinical management of disease.”

Schmidt’s research is focused on engineering novel materials and therapeutic systems to stimulate damaged peripheral and spinal neurons to regenerate. Her transformative work on nerve regeneration has spanned more than a decade, crossing interdisciplinary research, and has made its way into the marketplace.

“Throughout her career, Christine has had a tremendous impact in the field of biomaterials and neural tissue engineering. Her inventions have already had a significant impact to improve patients’ lives, especially those with peripheral nerve injuries,” said Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University, who nominated Schmidt for the award.

The award for applied research is awarded to an individual whose accomplishments include significant utilization or application of basic knowledge in science to achieve a specific goal in the field of biomaterials.

Congratulations, Dr. Schmidt!

Society For Biomaterials Announces 2019 Award Recipients