We are pleased to inform that Distinguished Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Award. The award recognises Professor Hutmacher’s pioneering research contribution which has advanced knowledge in the fields of biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
The prize which carries of €60,000 will allow him to strengthen and deepen his collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany where he has co-authored very successfully with Max Planck director Professor Peter Fratzl and his team at the Biomaterials Department for the past six years.
Professor Hutmacher, who holds the Chair of Regenerative Medicine at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia), was honoured by QUT with the title “Distinguished Professor” in 2017, the same year he received the International Award from The European Society of Biomaterials.
He is the director of the ARC Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing, which, like the IHBI centre, is made up of multidisciplinary teams of researchers including engineers, cell biologists, polymer chemists, clinicians, veterinarians and surgeons.
The impact of Professor Hutmacher’s fundamental and translational research outcomes are acknowledged worldwide owing to his being one of the few biomaterials/tissue engineering academics to have taken a research program from original research through in vitro, in vivo, preclinical models, clinical trials to clinical application.
From an educational and scholarly point of view, he has a proven ability to transcend traditional disciplinary and geographical boundaries to initiate, nurture research and postgraduate programs across different disciplines and countries.
Professor Hutmacher has a thorough understanding of the past, and current state-of-the-art biomedical engineering, and communicates a clear vision of the needs for the 21st century for this exciting and rapidly evolving multidisciplinary research field.
Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.