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Dr. John L. Brash

Distinguished University Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

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Professor John Brash is a pioneer in the science and technology of biomaterials with emphasis on materials for use in blood contact. These are required for devices such as vascular grafts, coronary stents, and prosthetic heart valves. His main contributions have been in elucidation of the mechanisms of blood-surface interactions leading to coagulation, thrombosis, complement activation and other adverse effects. The behaviour of proteins at interfaces has been an important continuing emphasis. Collaborative research has been carried out with many different labs around the world, including in Canada, China, USA, Germany, France, Sweden and Australia.

Professor Brash is the author of over 300 publications including books, book chapters, papers in refereed journals and papers in refereed conference proceedings. He has been lead author/presenter or co-author on over 400 presentations at conferences and universities worldwide.

His work has been recognized in a number of awards including:

  • Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Biocompatibility and Biomaterials, 1993.
  • Clemson Award for Basic Research, U.S. Society for Biomaterials, 1994.
  • Honorary doctorate, Docteur Honoris Causa, Université Paris XIII (Paris Nord), 1996.
  • Distinguished University Professor, McMaster University, 2001.
  • Fellow Royal Society of Canada, FRSC, 2004.
  • Founders Award, US Society for Biomaterials, 2009.
  • P. Sharma Award, Indian Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs, 2016.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Society for Biomaterials, 2016.
  • International Science and Technology Cooperation Award of Jiangsu Province, China, 2017.
  • In 2010 Dr. Brash was appointed Chair Professor of Soochow University in Suzhou, China.
  • In 2015, he was awarded the title “Honorary Citizen of Suzhou” by the City of Suzhou in recognition of his contributions.





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