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Researcher inducted into medical and biological engineering elite


5 March 2013

Professor Tony Weiss is the only Australian inducted into this prestigious fellowship.
Professor Tony Weiss is the only Australian inducted into this prestigious fellowship.

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has bestowed its highest honour upon University of Sydney researcher, Professor Tony Weiss, inducting him into its College of Fellows.

Weiss, a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology at the University, was nominated by his peers and elected by the full membership into the official College of Fellows Class of 2013: "for recognising tropoelastin's translational potential, and implementing its immense value for biomedical engineering, especially in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine."

Professor Weiss is unique as the only inducted Australian, the award normally goes to top researchers based in the US. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two per cent of medical and biological engineers in the US.

The fellowship acknowledges Professor Weiss's research and international leadership in the fields of human tropoelastin and synthetic human elastin biomaterials, which have been found to augment and repair human tissues. His research into elastic biomaterials - which enable us to replace damaged blood vessels, repair the heart and fix damaged skin - is important for treating the diseases that often arise in people with diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

Professor Weiss is concurrently Professor of Biochemistry in Molecular Bioscience in the Faculty of Science and the Bosch Institute in the Sydney Medical School. He is also collaborating with the University's Faculty of Engineering and IT, and holds an honorary appointment in Cardiology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Since 1991, the AIMBE's College of Fellows has led the way for technological growth and advancement in the fields of medical and biological engineering.

Engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs make up the College of Fellows to pursue AIMBE's mission to provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering.

College Fellows have helped revolutionise medicine and related fields in order to enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world. They have also successfully advocated for public policies that have enabled researchers and business-makers to further the interests of engineers, scientists, and ultimately, patients.

About AIMBE: Founded in 1991, AIMBE's mission includes raising awareness of medical and biological engineering and of achievements in the field, building relationships with relevant government agencies and other professional groups, improving intersociety relations and cooperation within the field of medical and biological engineering and promoting the national interest in science, engineering, and education.


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