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Breakthrough Research to Advance Clinical Treatment and Patient Outcomes

OREF is pleased to partner with the University of Connecticut (UConn) Foundation to support The Cato T. Laurencin Institute for Regenerative Engineering at UConn.

Regenerative engineering, as defined by Dr. Laurencin, is the convergence of advanced materials science, stem cell science, physics, developmental biology, and clinical translation, for the regeneration of complex tissues and organ systems. The groundbreaking work of Dr. Laurencin includes the launch of the Hartford Engineering a Limb (HEAL) Project aimed at regenerating whole limbs. Musculoskeletal technologies developed by Dr. Laurencin earned him the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, America’s highest honor for technological achievement, given in ceremonies at the White House. Dr. Laurencin is the 2023 Inventor of the Year, named by the Intellectual Property Owner’s Education Foundation.

More information about The Cato T. Laurencin Institute for Regenerative Engineering is available on its website at

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About Dr. Laurencin

Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, is the University Professor and Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UConn. Dr. Laurencin is the first surgeon elected to the four national academies: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Inventors. In orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Laurencin is the first to receive the American Orthopaedic Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Orthopaedics Award, the Nicholas Andry Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, the Kappa Delta Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Marshall R. Urist Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society. Dr. Laurencin is the Chief Executive Officer of The Cato T. Laurencin Institute for Regenerative Engineering.

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Donor Gift Statement

Funds raised through this partnership will support the core programs of The Cato T. Laurencin Institute and OREF's research mission. Ninety-five percent of each gift will be directed by OREF to the UConn Foundation, Inc to support The Cato T. Laurencin Institute programs and five percent will support OREF's research programs. Additional information about the UConn Foundation is available here. All donations will be recognized by OREF and the UConn Foundation.