CMB trainer Melissa Skala wins WARF Innovation Award

MADISON, Wis. – A new method to create artificial vascular grafts and a technique for identifying cancer immunotherapy cells have taken top honors from WARF. The winning teams are led by Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng and Melissa Skala.

At the ceremony honoring several of the year’s most outstanding UW–Madison inventions, WARF also announced that it has granted the university $73 million for the 2018-19 academic year.

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The small-diameter vascular grafts developed by Turng and Haoyang Mi (mechanical engineering) could be used in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Advantageously, the new grafts strongly mimic the properties of true blood vessels while reducing the threat of thrombosis.Jeanine Burmania, Ian Robertson, Melissa Skala, Brad Schwartz & Stephanie Whitehorse

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