UC Biomed Engineering Wins Big at Biomaterials Symposium

Contact: Ashley Duvelius
Date:     November 9, 2017

Rigwed Tatu, UC CEAS biomedical engineering doctoral candidate and researcher in the Structural Tissue Evaluation and Engineering Laboratory, won the Best Poster Award at the 15th Annual Biomaterials Symposium for his research aimed at neural tube defect repair in neonates.

Rigwed Tatu

Rigwed Tatu

University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) biomedical engineering doctoral candidate, Rigwed Tatu, recently won the best poster award at the 15th Annual Biomaterials Symposium, held in Iselin, New Jersey from October 23-24, 2017.

Organized by the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials and endorsed by the Society for Biomaterials, the symposium focused on Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine: From Concept to Manufacturing. Event sponsors included Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and Biomaterials Science, among a host of others. The program aimed at benefitting academic scientists interested in translational research as well as industrial scientists and managers working on the commercialization of innovative pharmaceutical and regenerative medicine products.

Tatu presented a poster describing his research concept and progress. He is being mentored by Dr. Chia-Ying Lin, Dane Miller Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Head of the Structural Tissue Evaluation and Engineering Laboratory (STEEL) and Associate Professor in the CEAS Department of Biomedical Engineering. Tatu’s research is a collaborative effort with the Cincinnati Fetal Center, which is part of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His research centers on preventing post-natal complications through the improvement of fetal surgery. Tatu presented his concept and progress for, specifically, the development of a self-expanding, watertight and biodegradable surgical patch for neural tube defect repair in neonates. 

Fluorescence Microscopy images

Fluorescence Microscopy images.

Hematoxylin and eosin staining image of tissue-patch cross-section. Patch section (white) embedded within tissue without signs of inflammation.

Hematoxylin and eosin staining image of tissue-patch cross-section. Patch section (white) embedded within tissue without signs of inflammation.

The symposium conducted a Poster Competition to showcase various scientific efforts. Posters were presented by students and scholars from Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh University, Clemson University, Tufts University, Rutgers University, Affiliated Hospital of Changchun University of Chinese Medicine, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Florida and Chung-Ang University (South Korea).  The University of Cincinnati and the CEAS Department of Biomedical Engineering were represented by Tatu, who was awarded first prize for his poster. The research effort by Tatu and Dr. Lin at STEEL was appreciated by peers from academia and industry alike.