UConn’s Dr. Cato T. Laurencin Participates in First U.S.-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium

In Kenya UConn’s Dr. Cato T. Laurencin (left) with President Felix Dakora of the African Academy of Sciences (Photo courtesy of CICATS).

Last week University Professor Dr. Cato T. Laurencin had the honor of attending the First U.S.-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium.

This inaugural symposium was held on October 12 –14 in Nairobi, Kenya.

It was a partnership between The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

The U.S.-Africa program brought together outstanding scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the U.S. like Laurencin and the member countries of the African Union for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields.

The goal of the meeting was to enhance the scientific exchange and dialogue among young researchers in African countries and the U.S., including the African science diaspora, and through this interaction, will facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region.

Laurencin is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He also serves as the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and the CEO of The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering at UConn Health.

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