James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, macromolecular science and biomedical engineering, is the recipient of the Elsevier Biomaterials Gold Medal. He received the medal for the most accumulated significant contributions to biomaterials science by an individual from 1980 to 2005. During that 25-year span, he made 650 contributions to the literature, including 237 peer-reviewed publications.
Anderson received the award at the Tissue Engineering Science International Conference held in Shanghai, China, in October. He was chosen for the award by an international panel of biomaterial scientists, chaired by David Williams, D.Sc., editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Biomaterials.
Anderson is a 1976 medical alumnus of the school. In 2003, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
He is an internationally recognized scientist who has made pioneering and significant advancements in the understanding of the inflammatory cell biology of tissue interactions with biomaterials and implantable medical devices. His efforts range from fundamental research in the related areas of biomaterials, drug delivery systems and tissue engineering to clinical implant retrieval and evaluation.
Working in the field for more than 30 years, his research has led to new designs and materials that enhance the performance of medical devices and prostheses. As evidence of the quality of his research, he is the only recipient of a biomaterials-related MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award (1993 to 2003) from the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The NIH chooses each MERIT Award recipient, who does not apply for the grant, based on a researcher's consistent achievements in previous NIH-funded projects and the promise that he or she will continue to be an exceptionally competent and productive researcher in the project for the grant is awarded.
An expert in clinical device retrieval and evaluation, and policy development, Anderson has provided leadership and contributions to the science and engineering of biomaterials and medical devices through interactions with the NIH, the Food and Drug Administration, the International Standards Organization, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. At Case, he mentors graduate and medical students in pathology, polymer science and biomedical engineering.
Anderson has been the president of the Society for Biomaterials (USA) and the Controlled Release Society.
A Lyndhurst, Ohio, resident, Anderson earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1963. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Oregon State University in 1967 and his doctor of medicine degree from the Case School of Medicine in 1976.
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