Smith & Nephew Co-Endows Chair in Rehabilitation Engineering
Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics, in conjunction with the Hyde Family Foundation, recently pledged $1 million over five years to support musculoskeletal research at UTHSC by co-endowing the J.R. Hyde Chair of Excellence in Rehabilitation Engineering. Joo L. Ong, PhD, has been named to the position. Dr. Ong joined the UTHSC faculty in January as a professor of biomedical engineering and orthopaedic surgery in the College of Health Science Engineering. He plans to establish an Implant and Biomaterials Laboratory in the Coleman Building, as well as continue his work on spinal and bone joint implants. The lab's initial research will focus on bone-protein-biomaterials interactions, which include modification of tissue-engineered ceramic scaffolds, protein-biomaterials interaction and bone-biomaterials interaction. Dr. Ong was formerly a professor and assistant director of the Center for Clinical Bioengineering at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Iowa, as well as master's and doctorate degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Pictured from left to right are Henry Herrod, MD, dean of the College of Medicine, David Illingworth, president of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, Joo Ong, PhD, the J.R. Hyde Chair of Excellence in Rehabilitation Engineering, and S. Terry Canale, MD, Boyd Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and acting chair of orthopaedic surgery, at a reception to celebrate the generosity of Smith & Nephew and the Hyde Family Foundation, as well as to welcome Dr. Ong to UTHSC.
From the UT Record, April 1, 2004
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