Langer’s visit is hosted by Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett Professor of Cell Biology and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, and is sponsored by the UMMS Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology. The lecture honors Eliahu Caspi, a principal scientist emeritus of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research who made a number of discoveries relevant to the mechanisms of synthesis of steroid hormones. His family established the lectureship in his memory.
Langer has received more than 200 major awards for his research and development in the field of biomedical engineering, including the 2006 United States National Medal of Science; the Charles Stark Draper Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for engineers; the 2008 Millennium Prize (the world’s largest technology prize); and the 2012 Priestley Medal, the highest award of the American Chemical Society. He is the also the only engineer to receive the Gairdner Foundation International Award.