RMT Podcast #28 – Thomas Harris, PhD

In Podcast 28, we meet Thomas R. Harris, MD, PhD, the Orrin Henry Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Medicine at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Harris also serves as chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Harris is a Fellow and past president of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

The focus of this podcast is the work of Dr. Harris and his colleagues on the development of learning science and learning technology for bioengineering. Dr. Harris is the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center in Bioengineering Educational Technologies. The Center is a large, multi-university effort involving Vanderbilt, Northwestern University, the University of Texas and the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. Its purpose has been to develop a new system for bioengineering education.

Dr. Harris is also widely recognized for his research into the problems of lung circulation with an emphasis on transport phenomena, quantitative physiology, mathematical modeling and instrumentation, Dr. Harris has published more than 230 papers, book chapters, proceedings and abstracts in these fields. His research has been concentrated on the quantitative physiology of the exchange of fluids and solutes in the capillaries of the lung.

Host John Murphy.

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By | February 28th, 2007|Tags: , |

RMT Podcast #24 – Alan Russell, PhD

As Regenerative Medicine Today celebrates its first anniversary, we welcome back our first guest from December 2005: Dr. Alan Russell, director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

As a pioneer of and expert in regenerative medicine, Dr. Russell is well qualified to comment on the status and future of this fascinating and rapidly emerging field . In this podcast, Dr. Russell addresses:

  • the history of the emergence of regenerative medicine, from over-hyped laboratory results, to failed medical devices, to successful clinical applications;
  • the role of governments in the advancing the state-of- the-art and the clinical use of regenerative medicine technologies;
  • initiatives to assist soldiers (and, ultimately, the civilian population) who have suffered massive loss of tissue due to trauma, and;
  • the status of the professional society that serves the scientists who are developing regenerative medicine technologies.

Hosts Leah Kauffman and John Murphy. Interview by Leah Kauffman.

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RMT Podcast #17 – Peter Katona, MD

Fifty years ago, Uncas Whitaker – the founder of the Harrisburg, PA-based electrical connector company AMP — foresaw what engineers could do for medicine and human health. In 1975, he established a nonprofit foundation to help advance medical science and heal the sick and injured.

Until its planned closing in summer 2006, the Whitaker Foundation contributed more than $700 million to various universities and medical schools, primarily to support biomedical engineering education and research. The foundation helped to create 30 biomedical engineering programs and helped finance the construction of 13 university buildings, many of them subsequently bearing the name Whitaker in some form.

In podcast #17, Dr. Peter Katona, who served the Whitaker foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2006, will tell us about the full breadth of the Whitaker Foundation’s influence on the field of bioengineering, why its leaders chose to end the foundation’s run, and share his sage advice to young people considering bioengineering careers. (Dr. Katona ought to know: nearly 1,500 young researchers began their careers with Whitaker Foundation funding.) For more on the Whitaker Foundation, visit their web site.

Hosts Leah Kauffman and John Murphy. Interview by Leah Kauffman.

For more information about the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, visit:

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By | September 14th, 2006|Tags: , |
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