Athanasiou receives Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal

Kyriacos Athanasiou received the 2018 Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal at World Congress of Biomechanics conference this month in Dublin. The medal is awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Athanasiou is a professor of biomedical engineering at the UC Irvine Samueli School of Engineering.

The award was in recognition of his exceptional contributions to bioengineering.

The Savio L-Y. Woo Medal is bestowed upon an individual who has translated meritorious bioengineering science to clinical practice through research, education, professional development, and with service to the bioengineering community.

Examples of meritorious activity might be basic bioengineering science that translates into a medical device or equipment, contributes to new approaches of disease treatment, establishes new injury treatment modalities, etc.

Athanasiou, UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of biomedical engineering, researches musculoskeletal and cartilaginous tissues, and develops clinical instruments and devices. He focuses primarily on regeneration of cartilage, specifically tissue found in knee, hip and shoulder joints, and in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

ASME honored him for “inventing intraosseous infusion (injection directly into the marrow of a bone), developing corresponding patented technologies, and translating those technologies to clinical use worldwide.”

The Woo medal, which was first awarded in 2016, is named for the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Woo is considered a pioneer of bioengineering and is renowned for his 45 years of tissue repair and translational research.