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Professor Tadeusz Malinski receives GEMI Fund Award

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 28, 2003) -- Ohio University Marvin & Ann Dilley White Professor Tadeusz Malinski was one of seven recipients of the GEMI Fund Award on Thursday, Oct. 23, in Boston. Louis Ignarro, the 1998 Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology and Medicine, presented the award to Malinski at the ceremony.

Nobel Laureate Louis Ignarro (left) presented one of seven GEMI Fund awards to Tadeusz Malinski during a ceremony in Boston on Oct. 23, 2003.The GEMI Award, which was founded by AGA Linde Healthcare, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Medical International and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, will be been given biannually to researchers who are conducting significant innovative research in medicine related to the treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of diseases.

Malinski received the highest award for the development of a new highly innovative method of wound healing. This new treatment can accelerate the wound healing process, prevent/reduce wound infection after surgery or traumatic injury and may significantly reduce recovery time and cost of hospitalization.

"I am honored to receive this prestigious award," Malinski said. "The innovative and advanced therapeutic technology method which we propose to develop should significantly accelerate the process of wound healing and be highly beneficial in many medical treatments. This was clearly recognized by the Award Committee. However, in short term, our current Ph.D. graduate students at Ohio University who will be involved in the research on the transformation of this idea and the medical technology will also benefit from this project."

Malinski joined the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio University in September 2000. His major research is in biomedical medical field and interest includes the regulatory role of nitric oxide and oxidative stress in the cardiovascular system. He studies the events occurring at the level of the receptors and signaling pathways that regulate heart beat performance and blood flow in the arteries. Specially designed sensors with diameters less than one micrometer are implanted in single cells or neurons for these studies.

In addition, Malinski is developing and testing novel strategies for drug and gene delivery and new processes for organ preservation for transplants. His work in restoring function of arteries is critical in the regulation of blood flow in the cardiovascular system. Also, his studies pursuing the role of L-arginine/nitric oxide pathway are aimed at mollifying the damage of cardiovascular and nervous system caused by stroke, heart attack, aging, diabetes or the pathology of brain function found in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Malinski has authored more than 220 scientific publications and holds two U.S. and four European patents. For more information, please visit http://main.chem.ohiou.edu/faculty/malinski/

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Editors: A photo of Malinski and Nobel Prize laureate Louis Ignarro can be found at www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/MALINSKI_TAD2.JPG

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