Mauli Agrawal
C. Mauli Agrawal (right) receives gavel as 2006 president of
Society for Biomaterials

UTSA professor to lead international biomaterials group

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 8, 2006)--Dr. C. Mauli Agrawal, UTSA professor and interim dean of the College of Engineering, was named 2006 president of the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) at the organization's annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.

With members from more than 25 countries, SFB promotes the use of biomaterials in medical and surgical devices and serves as the leading forum for advancements in biomaterial research.

"I am honored to lead this prestigious organization and am humbled by the trust placed in me by members from various nations," said Agrawal. "The field of biomaterials has a very important role to play as the use of medical implants increases."

Agrawal is the UTSA Peter Flawn Endowed Professor of Biomedical Engineering and is a professor of orthopedics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

An author of more than 240 scientific publications and 18 patents, Agrawal also is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, an honor reserved for those representing the top 2 percent of the profession.

In 1997, Agrawal co-founded Xilas Medical Inc., a San Antonio-based medical device company working in the area of diabetic foot problems. Last week, Xilas was awarded a $1 million grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to develop medical products that will assist in the prevention and diagnosis of diabetes and associated foot problems.

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