PITTSBURGH (Oct. 1, 2020) … Savio L-Y. Woo,
distinguished university professor emeritus of bioengineering at the University
of Pittsburgh, has been appointed as a standing member of the National Health
Research Institute Scientific Council in Taiwan, ROC beginning in 2021.
Established in 1995 by the Taiwan government,
the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) is a non-profit foundation
dedicated to the enhancement of medical research and the improvement of
healthcare in Taiwan.
This prestigious election reflects Dr. Woo’s
pioneering research in the field of bioengineering and his more than 50 years
of translational research in the healing and repair of tissues.
“Professor Woo is a world-renowned researcher
in the musculoskeletal biomechanics and tissue engineering arena, and we have
been fortunate to have him as a member of our department for three decades,”
said Sanjeev Shroff, distinguished professor and Gerald E. McGinnis Chair of Bioengineering
at Pitt. “We have benefited significantly from his uncanny ability to identify
important new research questions and his outstanding mentorship of students and
young faculty. I am certain that these talents will serve him well in his new
His nearly four decades of experience with the
U.S. National Institutes of Health, starting as a site visitor and grant
reviewer in the mid-70s, have prepared Dr. Woo for this new Scientific Council
appointment. He served on the Medical Engineering and Biotechnology Study
Section from 1992-1998. He was then asked to serve as chairman of the
Scientific Review Committee IV-Medical Engineering and has been serving in this
position since 1998.
Dr. Woo has been asked to represent biomedical
engineering on the Scientific Council, which makes the final decision on which
grants are funded. He will step down from his chairman position with the NHRI to
serve on the Scientific Council beginning in 2021.
Dr. Savio L-Y. Woo
Savio L-Y. Woo is a Distinguished University
Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering and the Founder and Director of the
Musculoskeletal Research Center, a diverse multidisciplinary research and
educational center in the Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of
Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He arrived at the University of
Pittsburgh in 1990 after spending 20 years at the University of California, San
Diego as a Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering.
Professor Woo, a pioneer in bioengineering, is
renowned for his 50 years of translational research and education to improve
healing and repair of soft tissues. He and his colleagues have published 311
original research papers that have led to paradigm shifts in clinical
management to improve patient outcome. Professor Woo is a member of the
National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine and Academia
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