Yale Bulletin and Calendar

April 12, 2002Volume 30, Number 25

Robert Langer (left) and Joseph Kost demonstrate a device developed with their colleagues at MIT. The tool uses ultrasound to painlessly monitor glucose levels.

Lecture to explore how biomaterials 'will change our lives'

The third speaker in the lecture series celebrating Yale Engineering's 150th anniversary will be acclaimed chemical and biomedical engineer Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Langer's talk, "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives," will be held Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in Davies Auditorium, Becton Center, 15 Prospect St. A reception will follow the talk, which is free and open to the public.

"Before our research, most materials used in medicine were off-the-shelf items, such as ladies' girdles to construct artificial hearts," explains Langer, the Kenneth J. Germeshausen Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at MIT.

Langer, whose many research interests include the development of biomaterials for therapeutic purposes, says he and his team have been attempting to synthesize materials by asking what are the desired biological, chemical and engineering properties required, and then synthesizing materials with the necessary characteristics. One such material has led to a new treatment for brain cancer.

"We are also studying how to deliver drugs across complex barriers such as the skin and lungs," says Langer. "Another research area involves combining materials with cells to create new tissues. Other areas of interest involve the application of enzymes such as heparinase to create new enzyme-based therapies."

Langer has won over 100 awards, including the 2002 Charles Stark Draper Prize, a $500,000 annual award and gold medallion often referred to as "engineering's Nobel Prize," which he received for inventing medical drug delivery technologies that prolong lives and ease suffering of millions every year. He was also awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation for being one of history's most prolific inventors in medicine. Langer is also the only active elected member of all three of the U.S national scientific academies -- the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

"We are fortunate indeed to have a research leader of Professor Langer's stature and prodigious accomplishment as a speaker in our Sesquicentennial Distinguished Lecture Series," says Faculty of Engineering Dean Paul Fleury. "His work epitomizes the deep grounding in fundamental science and unique blending of disciplines that characterizes the finest in engineering research. His lecture is a particularly fitting way to mark the start of our second 150 years."


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Other International Initiatives at Yale University

SOM Institute to explore how corporations are regulated by world's governments

Journalists covering Latin America will discuss the region's 'global reach'

HUD secretary to visit as a Chubb Fellow

Visiting architect describes his creative process

In Focus: Yale Recycling

Exhibition features art by 'consummate storyteller'

Peabody receives grant for Machu Picchu exhibit

Difficult quest for black education explored in forum

Noted psychologist Neal E. Miller, pioneerin research on brain and behavior, dies

Study estimates the likelihood of stroke in elderly patients who have had heart attacks

Biotechnology companies are thriving in Connecticut with help from Yale science

Lecture to explore how biomaterials 'will change our lives'

Conference on 'God and the Ethics of Belief' pays tribute . . .

Event to explore latest research on mental illness

Gustav Ranis reappointed as Henry R. Luce Director of YCIAS

'Hot Flashes' explores world of womanhood after 50

Museum spearheading annual cleanup of New Haven Harbor

At the powwow

Transatlantic polo

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