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faculty member Steven Little, PhD (pictured left), assistant professor and bicentennial faculty fellow of chemical engineering, bioengineering, and immunology, University of Pittsburgh, and affiliated faculty member Newell Washburn, PhD (pictured right), assistant professor, department of chemistry and biomedical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, each have been selected to receive a Phase I Coulter Translational Research Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The Coulter Translational Research Awards program provides funding for Assistant Professors in established Biomedical Engineering Departments within the United States. The award seeks to support biomedical research that is translational in nature, and to encourage and assist eligible biomedical engineering investigators to establish themselves in academic careers involving translational research. The translational research projects are directed at promising technologies with the goal of progressing toward commercial development and entering clinical practice.
The title of Dr. Little’s winning project is “Treatments for Periodontitis that Restore Immunological Homeostasis.” Dr. Little is the career awardee and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Charles Sfeir, DDS, PhD, associate professor, department of oral medicine and pathology, University of Pittsburgh, with secondary appointments within the departments of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, is the project’s clinical co-investigator. The title of Dr. Washburn’s winning project is “Cytokine-Neutralizing Gels for Improving Burn Healing.” Dr. Washburn is the career awardee and Larry Jones, MD, medical director, Western Pennsylvania Hospital Burn Center, is the project’s clinical co-investigator. During the annual Coulter College held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Drs. Little and Washburn will present their projects to the Foundation and its advisors.
Wallace Henry Coulter was an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and visionary. He was co-founder and Chairman of Coulter® Corporation, a worldwide medical diagnostics company headquartered in Miami, Florida. The two great passions of his life were applying engineering principles to scientific research, and embracing the diversity of world cultures. The first passion led him to invent the Coulter Principle™, the reference method for counting and sizing microscopic particles suspended in a fluid. Wallace Coulter's deepest passion was to improve health care and make these improvements available and affordable to everyone. Thus, it should come as no surprise, that Mr. Coulter dedicated his wealth to continuing to improve health care through medical research and engineering. Prior to his death Mr. Coulter established the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to fund these areas.
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Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Bio: Dr. Steven Little
Bio: Dr. Newell Washburn
Bio: Dr. Charles Sfeir