Dr. Laurencin Receives a Convergence Award for Research in Interdisciplinary Centers (CARIC)

The Connecticut Convergence Institute is proud to announce that the Office of the Vice President for Research recently approved Dr. Laurencin’s proposal for the Convergence Awards for Research in Interdisciplinary Centers (CARIC) entitled Convergence Center for Regenerative Engineering- A Science and Technology Center.

The new center will advance the science and engineering foundations of tissue regeneration such that the ultimate goal of whole-limb regeneration is within reach. The goal of the center is to establish an infrastructure that can forge new areas through long-term multi-institutional relationships and allows experts in various disciplines to explore innovative approaches to new challenges through considerable financial support.

The center will allow for:

  1. Collective expertise from developmental biology, stem cell science, biophysics and mechanobiology, advanced biomaterials, computation, and related disciplines in a multidisciplinary research program
  2. The integration of research, education, workforce development, knowledge transfer, and broad participation from groups underrepresented in STEM field

Through the preexisting infrastructure of the Connecticut Convergence Institute, the Regenerative Engineering Society and its associated journal Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine, the grant will help identify the gaps in knowledge in order to assemble the convergent regenerative team and also enable us to identify the most efficient strategies to increase awareness in order to build effective programs for empowering future generations in science and engineering.

On behalf of Dr. Cato Laurencin and The Connecticut Convergence Institute we would like to thank the Office of the Vice President for Research for making this possible.