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Contact: Chriss Swaney, Carnegie Mellon
Lynn Banaszak, PTEI

For immediate release:
June 28, 2002

Carnegie Mellon's Jeffrey Hollinger Named Associate Director For Web-Based Research at Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative

PITTSBURGH—Jeffrey O. Hollinger, the director of the Bone Tissue Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon, will serve as an associate director of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI) for a variety of projects, including a new Web-based research project.

"Jeff Hollinger is one of the world's leading experts in bone tissue engineering. We are delighted to have him join PTEI as an active member of its management team, contributing his knowledge and administrative expertise to further PTEI's mission, and to enhance research in the United States and abroad," said PTEI Executive Director Alan J. Russell.

The mission of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative is to improve the health of individuals by establishing the region as an internationally recognized center of excellence in research, education and commercial development for the advancement of tissue-related medical therapies.

Hollinger, who came to Pittsburgh in July 2000 from the Oregon Health Sciences University, works with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to create lab-grown bones. His research team has received more than $4.5 million in funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institutes of Health. He also has obtained more than $500,000 in industry-sponsored grants.

"We are delighted that Dr. Hollinger's expertise in bone tissue engineering will augment the important work under way at the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative. This new Web-based initiative fits nicely with Carnegie Mellon's traditional interdisciplinary strengths in engineering, computer science and most recently, biomedical engineering," said John L. Anderson, dean of Carnegie Mellon's Engineering College.

Prior to joining the academic arena, Hollinger was a colonel in the United States Army at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he directed the bone research program.

In addition to his work at Carnegie Mellon, he has an appointment as an adjunct professor in orthopedics and plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He will serve as co-chairman of the Engineering Tissue Growth International Conference sponsored by the PTEI in March 2003.


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