Dr. Larry Sklar, associate director and co-program leader of basic research at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, was recently elected to serve as a member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

The College of Fellows consists of 1,000 individuals throughout the world who have shown excellence in bioengineering research, industrial practice, and/or education. “We are very proud of Dr. Sklar and his accomplishment of being selected to serve on such a prestigious national committee,” said Dr. Cheryl Willman, director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “We are certain that Dr. Sklar will bring invaluable knowledge and experience in cancer research and technology to AIMBE’s College of Fellows.”

AIMBE is an organization that advocates for technical innovations that save and enhance lives. It promotes awareness of bioengineering and its contributions to society including new technologies that improve medical care. Newly elected members to the College of Fellows are nominated and approved by current members for their outstanding achievements in medical and biological engineering. Fellows represent the top 2% of the medical and biological engineering community.

Dr. Sklar will be inducted into the College of Fellows on February 20, 2011 in Washington D.C. Serving as a member of the College of Fellows, Dr. Sklar will be part of AIMBE’s annual meetings in which members meet and decide what the organization should do to increase public understanding of medical and biological engineering.

The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of the State of New Mexico, and one of only 66 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers in the nation. It is home to 85 board-certified oncology physicians representing every cancer specialty and more than 120 research scientists hailing from such prestigious institutions as M.D. Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic.# # #

UNM Cancer Center contact information:
Dorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, (505) 797-6673,dhornbeck@jameskorenchen.com
Rae Ann Paden, UNM Cancer Center, (505) 925-0480RPaden@salud.unm.edu


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