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James Collins Garners Another Accolade

Inaugural Drexel Award goes to BU professor


Michael Kohanski (MED’11, ENG’11) (left) and Jim Collins, an ENG professor of biomedical engineering and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Photo by Vernon Doucette

James Collins, a College of Engineering professor of biomedical engineering, known for his work improving brain functions of stroke victims, has received Drexel University’s inaugural Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award. Collins, who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, accepted the $100,000 award at this year’s Translational Medicine Alliance Forum on May 14 in Philadelphia.

The award recognizes collaborative multidisciplinary research focused on solutions that change society. Collins’ research has led to the development of a new class of medical devices that address complications resulting from diabetic neuropathy, help restore brain function following stroke, and improve balance in the elderly.

“Collins exemplifies the translational researcher, developing new fields of study in biomedicine geared not only toward intellectual pursuits, but also toward developing solutions,” says C. R. “Chuck” Pennoni, Drexel University’s interim president.

Besides a distinguished record as a researcher, Collins also is an entrepreneur with a strong desire to apply his research to improve medical science.

His teaching awards include the 2000 Metcalf Cup and Prize. He was recently named one of BU’s two inaugural William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professors. A Rhodes scholar, Collins won a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2003.

The Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award recognizes a member of a U.S. institution whose work transforms both research and the society it serves. This inaugural year, the award is devoted to biomedical engineering or the life sciences. The $100,000 prize was donated to Drexel by an anonymous alum. The award is named for Drexel University founder Anthony J. Drexel.

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