Regenerative Medicine Researcher to Describe Recent Progress

Anthony Atala


A pioneer in growing human body replacement parts will present a state-of-the-art lecture entitled “Regenerative Medicine: New Approaches to Healthcare” on Nov. 7. Anthony Atala, MD, will discuss current research generating new human cells, tissues, and organs.

Dr. Atala is the director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the W.H. Boyce Professor and chair of the department of urology at Wake Forest University, and a practicing surgeon.

His research in regenerative medicine has been recognized in both the scientific and mainstream press. In 2011, Dr. Atala was named by Scientific American as a medical treatments leader of the year for his contributions to the fields of cell, tissue, and organ regeneration; by the Huffington Post as having one of 18 great ideas of the year; and by Time Magazine for making one of the top five medical breakthroughs of the year. In 2007, his achievements garnered attention as one of Time Magazine’s top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year, and as Discover Magazine’s “Top Science Story of the Year” in the field of medicine.

Dr. Atala heads a team of some 300 physicians and researchers. Ten technologies developed in his laboratory have been applied clinically.

Dr. Atala has led or served on several national professional and government committees, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) working group on cells and developmental biology, the NIH bioengineering consortium, and the National Cancer Institute’s advisory board. He is the editor of 12 books, including Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Foundations of Regenerative Medicine, Methods of Tissue Engineering, and Minimally Invasive Urology. He has published more than 300 journal articles and has applied for or received more than 200 national and international patents.

Dr. Atala serves as editor-in-chief of Stem Cells—Translational Medicine, Current Stem Cell Research and Therapy, and Therapeutic Advances in Urology. He is associate editor of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, The Journal of Rejuvenation Research, and Gene Therapy and Regulation. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Dr. Atala has received many awards, including the Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, the World Technology Award in Health and Medicine, the Samuel D. Gross Prize of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, the Barringer Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, the Gold Cystoscope Award from the American Urological Association, and the Innovation Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

October-November 2013 (Vol. 5, Number 10 & 11)