Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society

Last updated
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society
Type INGO 501(c)(3) [1]
Purposemedical research
Region served
Official language
Anthony S. Weiss
Website https://termis.org/

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society is an international learned society dedicated to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. [1]



Regenerative medicine involves processes of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. A major technology of regenerative medicine is tissue engineering, [2] which has variously been defined as "an interdisciplinary field that applies the principles of engineering and the life sciences toward the development of biological substitutes that restore, maintain, or improve tissue function", or "the creation of new tissue by the deliberate and controlled stimulation of selected target cells through a systematic combination of molecular and mechanical signals". [3]


Tissue engineering emerged during the 1990s as a potentially powerful option for regenerating tissue and research initiatives were established in various cities in the USA and in European countries including the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, and also in Japan. Soon fledgling societies were formed in these countries in order to represent these new sciences, notably the European Tissue Engineering Society (ETES) and, in the USA, the Tissue Engineering Society (TES), soon to become the Tissue Engineering Society international (TESi) and the Regenerative Medicine Society (RMS). [4]

Because of the overlap between the activities of these societies and the increasing globalization of science and medicine, considerations of a merger between TESI and ETES and RMS were initiated in 2004 and agreement was reached during 2005 about the formation of the consolidated society, the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). [5] Election of officers for TERMIS took place in September 2005, and the by-laws were approved by the Board.

Rapid progress in the organization of TERMIS took place during late 2005 and 2006. The SYIS, Student and Young Investigator Section was established in January 2006, website and newsletter launched and membership dues procedures put in place.

Structure and governance

It was determined that each Chapter would have its own Council, the overall activities being determined by the Governing Board, on which each Council was represented, and an Executive Committee.

Society chapters

At the beginning of the Society, it was agreed that there would be Continental Chapters of TERMIS, initially TERMIS-North America (TERMIS-NA) and TERMIS-Europe (TERMIS-EU), to be joined at the time of the major Shanghai conference in October 2005 by TERMIS-Asia Pacific (TERMIS-AP). It was subsequently agreed that the remit of TERMIS-North America should be expanded to incorporate activity in South America, the chapter becoming TERMIS-Americas (TERMS-AM) officially in 2012.

Student and Young Investigator Section

The Student and Young Investigator Section of TERMIS (TERMIS-SYIS) brings together undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and young investigators in industry and academia related to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. [6] It follows the organizational and working pattern of TERMIS.




It was agreed that there would be a World Congress every three years, with each Chapter organizing its own conference in the intervening two years.


Each TERMIS chapter has defined awards to recognize outstanding scientists and their contributions within the community.


  • The Excellence Achievement Award has been established to recognize a researcher in the Asia-Pacific region who has made continuous and landmark contributions to the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine field.
  • The Outstanding Scientist Award has been established to recognize a mid-career researcher in the Asia-Pacific region who has made significant contributions to the TERM field.
  • The Young Scholar Award has been established to recognize a young researcher in the Asia-Pacific region who has made significant and consistent achievements in the TERM field, showing clear evidence of their potential to excel.
  • The Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Best TERM Paper Award has been established to recognize a student researcher (undergraduate/graduate/postdoc) in the Asia-Pacific region who has achieved outstanding research accomplishments in the TERM field.
  • The TERMIS-AP Innovation Team Award has been established to recognize a team of researchers in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to recognize successful applications of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine leading to the development of relevant products/therapies/technologies which will ultimately benefit the patients.


  • The Career Achievement Award is aimed towards a recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of TERM and have carried out most of their career in the TERMIS-EU geographical area.
  • The Mid Terms Career Award has been established in 2020 to recognize individuals that are within 10–20 years after obtaining their PhD, with a successful research group and clear evidence of outstanding performance.
  • The Robert Brown Early Career Principal Investigator Award recognizes individuals that are within 2–10 years after obtaining their PhD, with clear evidence of a growing profile.

Award recipients

  • Hai Bang Lee – Excellence Achievement Award
  • Hsing-Wen Sung – Outstanding Scientist Award
  • Yilin Cao – Excellence Achievement Award
  • Wei Liu – Outstanding Scientist Award
  • Teruo Okano - Excellence Achievement Award
  • Yasuhiko Tabata - Outstanding Scientist Award
  • Akon Higuchi - Outstanding Scientist Award
  • Yinghong Zhu - Young Investigator Award
  • Iman Roohani - Young Investigator Award
  • Yasuhiko Tabata - Excellence Achievement Award
  • Yin Xiao - Outstanding Scientist Award
  • Jiao Jiao Li - Young Investigator Award
  • Khoon Lim - Young Investigator Award
  • Clemens van Blitterswijk – Career Achievement Award
  • Ranieri Cancedda – Contributions to the Literature Award
  • Manuela Gomes – Young Scientist Award
  • C. James Kirkpatrick – Career Achievement Award
  • Katja Schenke-Layland – Young Scientist Award
  • James B. Richardson – Clinical Translation Award
  • Lorenzo Moroni – Young Scientist Award
  • Rui L. Reis – Contributions to the Literature Award
  • Jeroen Rouwkema – Robert Brown Early Career Principal Investigator Award
  • David F. Williams – Chairs’ Life Achievement & Contribution Award
  • Rui L. Reis – Career Achievement Award
  • Liesbet Geris – Robert Brown Early Career Principal Investigator Award
  • Graziella Pellegrini – Career Achievement Award
  • Martin J. Stoddart - Mid Term Career Award
  • Jeroen Leijten – Robert Brown Early Career Principal Investigator Award
  • Marietta Hermann - Robert Brown Early Career Principal Investigator Award
  • Jos Malda - Mid Term Career Award
  • Ranieri Cancedda - Career Achievement Award
  • Riccardo Levato - Robert Brown Early Principal Investigator Award
  • Marianna Tryfonidou - Mid Term Career Award
  • Alicia El Haj - Career Achievement Award
  • Michael Monaghan - Robert Brown Early Principal Investigator Award
  • Danny Kelly - Mid Term Career Award
  • Mauro Alini - Career Achievement Award
  • Arnold I. Caplan – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ali Khademhosseini – Young Investigator Award
  • James Kretlow – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Robert S. Langer – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • David J. Mooney – Senior Scientist Award
  • F. Kurtis Kasper – Young Investigator Award
  • Jessica A. DeQuach – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Alan J. Russell – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Stephen F. Badylak – Senior Scientist Award
  • Karen L. Christman – Young Investigator Award
  • Kacey G. Marra – Educational Award
  • Brian M. Sicari – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Andrew J. Marshall – Innovation/Commercialization Award
  • Robert M. Nerem – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • William R. Wagner – Senior Scientist Award
  • Alison P. McGuigan – Young Investigator Award
  • Rameshwar R. Rao – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Anthony Atala – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Molly Shoichet – Senior Scientist Award
  • Warren Grayson – Young Investigator Award
  • Bryan Brown – Educational Award
  • Laura Bracaglia – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Antonios G. Mikos – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Robert T. Tranquillo – Senior Scientist Award
  • Eric M. Brey – Educational Award
  • Lauren D. Black III – Young Investigator Award
  • Timothy J. Keane Jr. – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Michael Sefton – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ali Khademhosseini – Senior Scientist Award
  • Johnna Temenoff – Educational Award
  • Jordan Green – Young Investigator Award
  • Jenna Dziki – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Joseph P. Vacanti – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • John P. Fisher – Senior Scientist Award
  • Lauren Black – Educational Award
  • Ngan F. Huang – Young Investigator Award
  • Mahesh Devarasetty – Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Karen Christman - Senior Scientist Award
  • Kurt Kasper - Educational Award
  • Yu Shrike Zhang - Young Investigator Award
  • Andreas Kaasi - Innovation/Commercialization Award
  • Catalina Molina Pineda - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Stephen George - Senior Scientist Award
  • Ashley Brown - Young Investigator Award
  • Sarah Rowlinson - Educational Award
  • Jiapu Liang - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Outstanding Student Award
  • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Jennifer Elisseeff - Senior Scientist Award
  • Christine Schmidt - Commercialization/Innovation Award
  • Madeline Cramer - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Laura Niklason - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Eben Alsberg - Senior Scientist Award
  • Patricia Pranke - Educational, Training and Outreach Award
  • Fatima Syed-Picard - Young Investigator Award
  • Jakob Townsend - Outstanding Postdoc Award
  • Guillermo Ameer - Commercialization and Innovation Award
  • Courney Johnson - Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Outstanding Student Award
  • Kyricos Athanasiou - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert - Senior Scientist Award
  • Joan Schanck - Educational, Training and Outreach Award


Fellows of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (FTERM) recipients are: [8]


Deceased Fellows

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert S. Langer</span> American scientist

Robert Samuel Langer Jr. FREng is an American chemical engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, inventor and one of the twelve Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Anthony Atala</span>

Anthony Atala, M.D., is an American bioengineer, urologist, and pediatric surgeon. He is the W.H. Boyce professor of urology, the founding director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina. His work focuses on the science of regenerative medicine: "a practice that aims to refurbish diseased or damaged tissue using the body's own healthy cells".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ali Khademhosseini</span>

Ali Khademhosseini is the Director and CEO of the Terasaki Institute and former professor at the University of California-Los Angeles where he held a multi-departmental professorship in Bioengineering, Radiology, Chemical, and Biomolecular Engineering and the Director of Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics (C-MIT). From 2005 to 2017, he was a professor at Harvard Medical School, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. His studies have been cited ~100,000 times. Khademhosseini is best known for developing hydrogels for tissue engineering and bioprinting.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cato T. Laurencin</span> American surgeon

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., FREng SLMH, is an American engineer, physician, scientist, innovator and a University Professor of the University of Connecticut.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Clemens van Blitterswijk</span>

Clemens A. van Blitterswijk is a Dutch tissue engineer who contributed to the use of biomaterials to heal bone injuries, especially using osteoinductive ceramics. In collaboration with Jan de Boer and others, he has contributed to screening microtextures to study cell-biomaterial interactions, an approach termed materiomics.

Dr Nick Rhodes, Ph.D., is a Reader in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Liverpool, in the U.K. Tissue Engineering can be described as the use of engineering techniques, including engineering materials and processes, in order to grow living tissues. Regenerative Medicine can be described as the treatment of defective tissues using the regenerative capacity of the body's healthy tissues. Combined, Dr Nick Rhodes describes the discipline as "aiming to repair tissue defects by driving regeneration of healthy tissues using engineered materials and processes."

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Linda Griffith</span> American biological engineer

Linda Gay Griffith is an American biological engineer, and Professor of Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also directs the Center for Gynepathology Research.

Kristi S. Anseth is the Tisone Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, an Associate Professor of Surgery, and a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her main research interests are the design of synthetic biomaterials using hydrogels, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic</span> Serbian American engineer

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is a Serbian American biomedical engineer and university professor. She is a University Professor at Columbia University, as well as the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences. She also heads the laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering at Columbia University. She is part of the faculty at the Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Human Development, both found at Columbia University. She is also an honorary professor at the Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy at the University of Belgrade, an honorary professor at the University of Novi Sad, and an adjunct professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University.

Buddy Ratner is an American professor of chemical engineering and bioengineering. He is the director of the Research Center for Biomaterials at the University of Washington. He is also the faculty member for the Program for Technology Commercialization at the University of Washington.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rui L. Reis</span> Portuguese scientist (born 1967)

Rui Luís Reis is a Portuguese scientist known for his research in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, biomaterials, biomimetics, stem cells, and biodegradable polymers.

Molly S. Shoichet, is a Canadian science professor, specializing in chemistry, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. She was Ontario's first Chief Scientist. Shoichet is a biomedical engineer known for her work in tissue engineering, and is the only person to be a fellow of the three National Academies in Canada.

Charles Alfred "Chuck" Vacanti is a researcher in tissue engineering and stem cells and the Vandam/Covino Professor of Anesthesiology, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School. He is a former head of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Massachusetts and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, now retired.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Anthony S. Weiss</span>

Anthony Steven Weiss AM PhD FRSC FTSE FRSN FRACI, FTERM, FBSE is a university researcher, company founder and entrepreneur. He is the leading scientist in human tropoelastin research and synthetic human elastin. He holds the McCaughey Chair in Biochemistry, heads the Charles Perkins Centre Node in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, and is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Sydney. His discoveries are on human elastic materials that accelerate the healing and repair of arteries, skin and 3D human tissue components. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Weiss is on the editorial boards of the American Chemical Society Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Applied Materials Today (Elsevier), Biomaterials, Biomedical Materials, BioNanoScience (Springer) and Tissue Engineering. He is a biotechnology company founder, promoter of national and international technology development, and has received national and international awards, including the Order of Australia.

Alan J. Russell, Ph.D, is Vice President of Biologics for Amgen, one of the world’s leading Biopharmaceutical companies. Until 2020, Alan was the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor and Director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2013 through spring of 2016 he was also the Chief Innovation Officer, Allegheny Health Network.

Prof. Robert Geoffrey "Geoff" Richards is the Executive Director Research & Development for the AO Foundation and director of AO Research Institute Davos at the AO Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW), Fellow of Biomaterial Science and Engineering (FBSE), Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR), Fellow of the Orthopaedic Research Society and honorary Fellow Aberystwyth University. He is co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the eCM Open Access Journal, arguably the first online open access journal in the world.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Akhilesh K. Gaharwar</span> American biomedical engineering researcher (born 1982)

Akhilesh K. Gaharwar is an Indian academic and an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University. The goal of his lab is to understand the cell-nanomaterials interactions and to develop nanoengineered strategies for modulating stem cell behavior for repair and regeneration of damaged tissue.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Patricia Pranke</span> Brazilian stem cell researcher

Patricia Helena Lucas Pranke is a Brazilian stem cell researcher at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Between 2003 and 2005, Pranke was one of two scientists who helped the Federal Government of Brazil write the National Biosafety Law, regulating research on human embryonic stem cells in Brazil.

Katja Schenke-Layland is the Professor of Medical Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department for Medical Technologies and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Tübingen. She is the Director of the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen in Reutlingen (NMI), Study Dean of Medical Technologies at the University of Tübingen, and Founding Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the Medical Faculty of the University Tübingen. She is also the Founding Director of the 3R Center for In Vitro Models and Alternatives to Animal Testing Tübingen.

Helen Haiyan Lu is a Chinese American biomedical engineer and the Percy K. and Vida L. W. Hudson professor of biomedical engineering at the Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her work focuses on understanding and developing therapies in complex tissue systems, especially the interface between soft tissue and bone.


  1. 1 2 "TERMIS By-Laws" (PDF).
  2. Langer, R.; Vacanti, J. P. (May 14, 1993). "Tissue engineering". Science. 260 (5110): 920–926. Bibcode:1993Sci...260..920L. doi:10.1126/science.8493529. PMID   8493529 via science.sciencemag.org.
  3. Williams, David F. (October 1, 2009). "On the nature of biomaterials". Biomaterials. 30 (30): 5897–5909. doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2009.07.027. PMID   19651435 via ScienceDirect.
  4. "The history of TERMIS" (PDF).
  5. "Founders | TERMIS". termis.org.
  6. Twitter https://twitter.com/syiseu . Retrieved 2020-12-15.{{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. "Tissue Engineering, Parts A, B, & C | Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers". home.liebertpub.com.
  8. "International Fellows of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (FTERM) | TERMIS". termis.org. Retrieved 2023-03-23.