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TERMIS names Antonios Mikos a Founding Fellow

Tissue engineer honored for published research and service to education

By Shawn Hutchins
Rice BIOE News

Antonios MikosRice University’s Antonios Mikos has been elected Founding Fellow of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).

The honor credits Mikos’ decades of research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, service to education within the field, and contributions to TERMIS and the journal Tissue Engineering.  He will be presented with the award during an evening gala at the third TERMIS World Congress held in Vienna, Austria, September 5-8, 2012.

Mikos, Rice’s Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, is a pioneer in the synthesis, processing, and evaluation of new biomaterials for use as scaffolds for tissue engineering, as carriers for controlled drug delivery, and as non-viral vectors for gene therapy.  The work has resulted in the development of novel orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials that promote tissue formation and regeneration.

This year, Mikos was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his “advances in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, biomaterials, and drug delivery, including development of biodegradable polymers.” As one of the top-published U.S. scientists, he has authored more than 450 publications and is co-author of the award-winning textbook Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008). His research has been cited over 31,000 times and he has 25 patents in his name.

Mikos is the immediate past president of the TERMIS-Americas Chapter. He is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of the journals Tissue Engineering Part A, Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews, and Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. He is also an active member of the editorial boards of the journals Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Cell Transplantation, Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research (Part A and B), and Journal of Controlled Release.

Tissue Engineering, a monthly peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., has been the official journal of TERMIS since 2006. Since the journal’s founding in 1994 by Mikos and Charles A. Vacanti, M.D., currently at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the journal commands an international audience and has an impact factor of 4.022. Tissue Engineering expanded in 2011 to 42 issues due to the continued increase in quality papers. This includes 24 issues per year of Part A, 6 issues for Part B and 12 for Part C.

Mikos is also known worldwide as founder of the continued education course Advances in Tissue Engineering, which is offered annually at Rice through the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering. Throughout its history, the course has presented a 20-year perspective of biomaterials technologies and delivery methods for use in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, as well as promoted a greater understanding of the complex interplay between biomaterials and the host tissues that facilitate regeneration. The annual convergence of some of the greatest minds who attend the course, including a mix of academicians, corporate professionals, and government representatives and industry experts, has served as a catalyst to stimulate collaborations and to benefit students and postdoctoral fellows in their academic and research pursuits.

TERMIS is an international society dedicated to the dissemination of advances in basic and translational research and education within the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine through scientific meetings, publications and other forms of communication. The society is organized in three continental chapters: Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. The TERMIS World Congress is held every three years and serves as the premier venue for all TERMIS chapter members to meet as a whole and discuss scientific and technological advances and challenges.