Frederick Damen receives Geddes-Greatbatch-Laufman Award for research contributions

Frederick Damen, a fourth-year MD/PhD student in the Purdue University Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, received the 2018-2019 Geddes-Greatbatch-Laufman Award on Feb. 4 at the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association general body meeting. The annual award is presented to the outstanding student or postdoctoral fellow in the Weldon School.

Frederick Damen (left) is presented the 2020 Geddes-Greatbatch-Laufman Award by David Umulis, associate head for research, biomedical engineering, and associate professor of agricultural, biological, and biomedical engineering.

The Geddes-Greatbatch-Laufman award was founded by Leslie A. Geddes, the late Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering, after he was awarded the Laufman-Greatbatch prize in 1987. This prize, first awarded in 1975, is named for Drs. Wilson Greatbatch and Harold Laufman, two of the most renowned leaders and pioneers of medical devices. The Laufman-Greatbatch Prize honors those who singularly impact innovations in patient care.

This year’s award recognizes Frederick Damen as an outstanding contributor to the field, honoring his research in developing techniques to analyze four-dimensional ultrasound. The goal of his work is to help researchers and clinicians better characterize cardiac function. “This can help us better understand disease mechanisms and target therapies more effectively,” Damen says. Last fall, he was awarded an NIH F30 fellowship to focus on a study entitled: “Spatial Analysis of Cardiac Disease using Murine Four-Dimensional Ultrasound.”

Alongside his advances in research, Frederick Damen excels in other aspects. In 2018, he was chosen to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Conference. He says, “I got to join around six hundred other young scientists around the world to meet past Nobel Laureates in Physiology and Medicine.” Over the past four years, he’s also been involved with the Purdue Water Polo Clubs. He has competed in the men’s team and served as a coach for the women’s team.

As Frederick Damen receives the Geddes-Greatbatch-Laufman Award, he joins a list of extraordinary students who have gone on to have bright careers in industry and academia.