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Anthony Atala named 2016 Innovator of the Year

atala-350x175Dr. Anthony Atala, leader of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), has been named 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine. He also recently received a Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in life sciences for his efforts to construct living organs using 3-D printing technology.

In the Richard H. Dean Biomedical Research Building on the southern end of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C., Atala and his team of researchers are creating living human tissues and organs.

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, home to Wake Forest University’s new academic programs in the biomedical sciences will literally and figuratively bring medical and liberal arts education together. Known as Wake Downtown, the new satellite campus opens next month in one of the nation’s fastest growing innovation parks.

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Wake Forest Baptist announces Sept. awards, recognitions

The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced its awards and recognitions for September. Among those highlighted:

  • Emmanuel Opara, professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has received a two-year appointment as graduate program director for the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences at the Winston-Salem campus. 
  • L. Gail Curtis, associate professor and vice chair of physician assistant (PA) studies, is the recipient of the 2013 PA of the Year award from the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA).

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Piedmont Triad Research Park is rebranded as Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center announced new business developments related to its commercialization enterprise, Wake Forest Innovations, as well as a new brand for Piedmont Triad Research Park.

After consultation with key stakeholders in and beyond the community and an analysis of park names worldwide, Piedmont Triad Research Park has been renamed “Wake Forest Innovation Quarter” (www.WakeForestInnovationQuarter.com).

Also, in a move designed to jump-start operations at the new commercialization enterprise, Wake Forest Innovations launched its public website, www.WakeForestInnovations.com, as the primary way for industry and other business partners to engage with Wake Forest Innovations and its internal business units. The new Wake Forest Innovations website includes two key portals to encourage engagement and collaboration designed to commercialize Wake Forest’s many new licensable technologies and to market Wake Forest’s unique and broad-based scientific services.

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Learn more about how to participate in clinical trials

Wake Forest Baptist Health is starting an internal campaign to inform faculty, staff and students of ways to register for clinical trials. As an employee of Wake Forest University, you can be involved in shaping the future of health in our region and beyond.

The Translational Science Institute (TSI) has developed Be Involved as a tool to access information about clinical trials at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Be Involved is an opportunity for individuals to learn more about current and upcoming clinical trials and request to participate if interested. Researchers are seeking healthy people as well as those with specific diseases and conditions.

Being a part of an internationally recognized medical center is an opportunity to participate in and contribute to furthering the research being conducted at Wake Forest. Clinical trials further the mission of WFBH by generating and translating knowledge to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. As an employee participating in these clinical studies, you are helping to further the mission of WFBH while receiving excellent care.

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. It is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members or friends about deciding to join a trial. After identifying some trial options within Be Involved, contact the study research staff listed in each study profile for additional information.

Please contact Rachel Woodside at the Translational Science Institute with any questions. She can be reached at 336.716.5076 or rwoodsid@nullwakehealth.edu.

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Shaw, McDaniel and Schmitt receive honors

Dr. Edward G. Shaw, professor of radiation oncology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and professor of counseling at Wake Forest, has received an award from the Society for NeuroOncology recognizing him for his contributions to the field. Shaw is the inaugural recipient and was recognized for his initiation of a strategic-planning process, which led to the establishment of the SNO Foundation.

Janie McDaniel, the director of admissions at Wake Forest School of Medicine, is the 2012 recipient of the Physician Assistant Education Association Outstanding Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has provided sustained, exceptional service or leadership to the association or who has contributed to the advancement of the physician assistant profession.

Jeff Schmitt has been named one of the Most Influential People in the Triad for 2013 by The Triad Business Journal. Schmitt is with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The award recognizes individuals who are leaders and play a crucial role in unifying and bringing advancement to the region.

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