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A Scientist, who pioneered work in artificial skin and various other bioengineering advances, has won a prestigious prize for his research.

Yuan-Cheng “Bert” Fung, professor emeritus at the University of California San Diego, is the receiver of the 2007 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize.

Fung’s research has led to more effective treatments for the millions of burn victims and other trauma patients. Fung’s studies of the human anatomy have also helped car companies to improve safety and led to more effective body armor for soldiers.

Fung’s studies of small blood vessels contributed to the development of artificial skin – not only for burn victims but also diabetic patients who can suffer from foot ulcers.

Fung, 87, immigrated from China in 1945. He is considered the father of bioengineering and a founder of bio-mechanics studies.

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