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Myron Spector, Ph.D.

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Elizabeth Winston-Lanier Kappa Delta Award
Clemson Award for Applied Biomaterials Research
Research Career Scientist Award
John Charnley Award
Chandra P. Sharma Award

Director, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Director, Tissue Engineering Laboratory, VA Boston Healthcare System
Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering , MIT

Prof. Spector has been engaged in biomaterials research for over 30 years, and in tissue engineering studies for 15 years, employing animal models and cell culture systems. He is supervising investigations related to musculoskeletal and nerve regeneration, involving biopolymer sponge-like scaffolds and injectable gels. He recently has established projects demonstrating the potential of extracorporeal shock wave treatment to enhance the make-up of select tissues to be used as autografts for bone and cartilage repair.

Prof. Spector teaches 4 subjects at MIT: Biomaterial-Tissue Interactions (2.79J/3.96J/BEH.441HST 522J); Cell-Matrix Mechanics (2.785J/3.97J/20.411J/HST523J); Design of Medical Devices/Implants (2.782J/3.961J/20.451J/HST524J); and Principles and Practice of Tissue Engineering (HST.535). He is the principal research supervisor for students in: MIT doctoral programs; Harvard Medical School; and postgraduate programs at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. His postdoctoral research fellows come with varied backgrounds from many countries.

Dr. Spector is a VA Research Career Scientist.

Other Positions:
2005-present: Co-Editor-in Chief, Biomedical Materials: Materials for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine
1993-1997: Chairman, Food and Drug Administration General and Plastic Surgery Devices Advisory Panel
1990-1991: President, Society for Biomaterials

The Role of Lubricin in the Impaired Healing of Ruptured Ligaments and in the Therapeutic Treatment of Ligaments with Extracorporeal Shock Waves
Summer, 05/24/10 - 08/31/10
Contractile Behavior of Human Periodontal Ligament Fibroblasts in Collagen Matrices in vitro
Summer, 05/01/99 - 08/31/99
Regulation of Contractile Behavior of Fibroblasts in Inured Rotator Cuffs and Huypertrophic Scars
Part Time, 01/03/00 - 06/15/00
Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Research
Summer, 07/01/03 - 08/31/03
The Identificaiton of Myofibroblast in Oral Lesions
Summer, 06/23/99 - 08/31/99
Contraction and Shrinkage of Collagen Matrices by Exogenous Cells from Ligament Extract
Part Time/Continuation, 01/01/99 - 06/18/99
Non-Viral Transfection of Caprine Mesenchymal Stem Cells with BMP-7 Plasmid: Effects of Plasmid Size and Type of Medium
Summer, 06/02/08 - 08/29/08
Mesenchymal stem cells on Type II collagen/GAG scaffolds for cartilage regeneration
Summer, 07/30/07 - 01/31/07

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  1. R01AR040427 (SPECTOR, MYRON) Sep 20, 1991 - Aug 31, 1995
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R01DE006300 (SPECTOR, MYRON) Mar 1, 1982 - Jul 31, 1987
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.