Professor Sheila MacNeil receives Chapman Medal from IoM3

Professor Sheila MacNeilEarlier this week, Sheila MacNeil, Professor of Tissue Engineering within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was honoured by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) at their 2018 Premier Awards Dinner. Professor MacNeil received the Chapman Medal, presented for distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials, particularly with respect to biomaterials innovation, which has produced benefits for patients and/or contributed to associated opportunities for industry.

The citation that accompanied the award said:

"Sheila MacNeil has an outstanding track record in the development of biomaterials for wound healing and tissue engineering of skin, oral mucosa and cornea. In September 2014, she was awarded the UK Society of Biomaterials President's medal for her contributions to biomaterials in both the UK and overseas. She innovated the UK's first commercially available tissue engineered product, Myskin, which is now used by 11 out of the 13 major UK burns centres. Sheila has published over 464 peer-reviewed articles, >9000 citations and an h-index of 49. She has also worked extensively to develop tissue engineered oral mucosa for reconstruction of urethral stricture and published a nine-year follow up on this recently. Another key project is developing cell delivery membranes for corneal defects working with colleagues in India. Over the last seven years she has also been developing an alternative material for support of the urethra."

Professor Sheila MacNeilOn receiving the award, Professor MacNeil replied:

"I am delighted that the Institute of Materials has awarded the Chapman medal for the research which my group have achieved over the years.

"Medical biomaterials is a fascinating world in which you can seek to develop things that benefit patients lives- it's a great challenge to work alongside clinicians both in the UK and overseas to work out what will be really useful and then seek to develop it.

"I've been really fortunate to work with some great colleagues, clinical and nonclinical to develop materials for burns patients, for patients with scarring of the cornea in India and more recently with a great clinical colleagues in Sheffield and Leuven to develop biomaterials designed to be used in the pelvic floor.

"On behalf of my group and all of my collaborators I am delighted to accept the Chapman Medal and sincerely thank the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for supporting the world of medical biomaterials."