Awards & More

Issue Date: 
March 2, 2009

awardsMcGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Deputy Director William Wagner was recently elected to the North American Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. Wagner is a professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering in the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering as well as the director of Thrombosis Research for the Artificial Heart and Lung Program.

Donald S. Burke, dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair of Global Health, was featured in a series of videos produced by the U.S. Military Health System to document the work of military medical pioneers. In the videos, Burke discusses how his experience studying infectious diseases in the Army helped shape his philosophy that infectious disease outbreak research should move away from surveillance and response and toward prediction and prevention.

Linda Frank, principal investigator and project director of the Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, has received the Frank Lamendola Achievement Award for Nursing Leadership in HIV Care from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. As a nursing professional who combines clinical practice with leadership in policy, education, professional services, and scholarly activities, Frank was recognized for bringing vision, administrative abilities, and commitment to the nursing profession. Frank also is assistant professor in in the Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

Jessica Griffin Burke, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, received a grant of $203,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for her study on patterns of substance use among HIV positive and negative men.