Awards, Honors and Media Coverage

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) is a leader in the field of bioscience and regenerative medicine. Our scientists are frequently honored with awards in the field of regenerative medicine and beyond. Details about some of their most notable achievements are described below. WFIRM is also frequently featured in national and international media.

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Featured Research News


WFIRM Scientists Create Hybrid Tissue Construct for Cartilage Regeneration

November 2020

Scientists Turn Detective to Further Gene Therapy Research
August 2020 

Organoids Help Bridge Gap Between Laboratory Study and Animal Modeling of Disease
August 2020

Chemotherapy for Rare Cancer Fine-Tuned with Organoids
August 2020

Bioprinted Skin Recapitulates Normal Collagen – Featured on cover of Tissue Engineering Part A
August 2020

Prestigious Gilliam Fellowship Awarded to WFU Graduate Student
August 2020

A New Cell and Gene Therapy Approach to Treat Common Bleeding Disorder
July 2020

Inflammation Induced Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction Studied in Organoids
July 2020

WFIRM and Oracle Health Sciences collaborate to pair Body-on-a-Chip with advanced data analytics
June 2020

WFIRM Scientists Prove Bioengineered Uteri Support Pregnancy
June 2020

Wake Forest School of Medicine Scientists Create World’s Most Sophisticated Lab Model of the Human Body
March 2020

Neural Cells Speed up Function in 3D Bioprinted Skeletal Muscle Constructs
February 2020

Urine-derived Stem Cells May Prove Therapeutic for Kidney Failure
January 2020 

Changing Cancer Care, One Organoid at a Time
January 2020


2019 Institute Awards Roundup

WFIRM Scientists Push Bioprinting Capability Forward
December 2019

Understanding Role of Perinatal Cells as Potential Therapy for Autoimmune Disorders
December 2019

WFIRM Scientists Create Primitive Circulatory System with Chip Platform Model
November 2019

HHS Awards Major Funding Award to WFIRM
October 2019

Gene Editing Tool Gets Sharpened by WFIRM Team
September 2019

Implanted Muscle Fiber Fragments Could Help Heal Injuries, Treat Urinary Incontinence
June 2019

Scientists Develop Gel-based Delivery System for Stem Cell-derived Factors to Improve Kidney Regeneration
May 2019

Vascularized Kidney Tissue Engineered by WFIRM Scientists
May 2019

Cell Therapy Could Replace Need for Kidney Transplants
March 2019

Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Heal Wounds
February 2019 

Scientists sharpen their molecular scissors and expand the gene-editing toolbox
February 2019

2018 WFIRM Highlighted Awards, Honors and Media Coverage

Highlighted Awards

2019 Urology Care Foundation Awardee of Distinction
Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of Urology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, will receive the John W. Duckett, Jr., MD, Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award.  Established in 2009, this award honors a physician-scientist or researcher for their outstanding work in pediatric urology. Dr. Atala was nominated by the Societies for Pediatric Urology for this award, and was selected by a review committee. The award is provided through a fund established by Mrs. Peggy Duckett-Drach and the Society for Pediatric Urology. The award will be presented May 4 at the American Urological Association (AUA) Meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Atala Ranked Top 20 Translational Researcher by Nature Biotechnology

Cystic Fibrosis Researcher at WFIRM Earns Funding Support
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s Sean Murphy, PhD, has been awarded three grants totaling almost a half million dollars to support cystic fibrosis research efforts.

Drs. Graca Almeida Porada and Chris Porada Receive R01 Grant

Dr. Hooman Sadri Ardekani earned Research Scholar award from the AUA Leadership Program

Dr. Khalil Bitars Lab Research Recipient of Multiple Awards

NSF Grant Recognizes Successful WFIRM Summer Scholars Program
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to engage undergraduate students in research at the interface of engineering and biology in challenging areas of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM) each summer.

WFIRM Team Member Honored by Alma Mater
Cara Clouse, DVM, was announced as a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winner by the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She will be recognized for her research work at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine during the Commencement and Hooding ceremonies to be held May 11, 2019.

WFIRM Researchers Featured in Tissue Engineering Journal
The research of PhD students Mahesh Devarasetty and Kyle Cowdrick, and Drs. Aleksander Skardal, Frank Marini and Shay Soker is featured on the front cover of Tissue Engineering Part A for October 2017

WFIRM Scientists Study Space Radiation Health Effects to Keep Astronauts Safe
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has been selected by NASA to lead a multi-institutional project to better understand the health risks astronauts face from exposure to galactic cosmic ray (GCR) and solar energetic particle (SEP) radiation that occurs from long-duration missions in deep space and to develop countermeasures to keep astronauts safe.

Dr. Anthony Atala, MD Honored as 2016 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine

Bioprinting Team Receives 2017 Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Research and Development Excellence Award at Triad BioNight

Dr. Anthony Atala Awarded 2016 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in Life Sciences