|Schmidt Elected Fellow of BMES|
Professor Christine Schmidt has been elected as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) 2010 class. She has actively participated with BMES and has served in a number of leadership roles, including as General Chair for the society’s 2010 annual meeting. Schmidt, along with 15 other fellows, will be inducted at the meeting, which will be held in Austin, October 6–9 and is expected to have over 3,000 attendees.
BMES has recognized her for pioneering work in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and biomaterials. Schmidt’s research focuses on engineering novel therapeutic devices to stimulate damaged peripheral and spinal neurons to regenerate. She has taken a unique approach to this problem by using electrically conducting polymers and natural-based materials to create therapies that retrigger neurons electrically, mechanically, biologically, and chemically at both macroscopic and nanonmeter levels, prompting damaged axons to regrow. This research has been licensed in AxoGen, Inc.’s Avance nerve graft, which has benefitted thousands of patients who suffer from peripheral nerve injuries, such as those that result from trauma to the legs, arms, and face.
Schmidt is the third faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin to be elected a BMES Fellow.