Kent Leach, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Lawrence J. Ellison Endowed Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology (elect) in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis, has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. The Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, published by Wiley, is the official journal of the Society For Biomaterials (SFB), the Japanese Society for Biomaterials, the Australasian Society for Biomaterials, and the Korean Society for Biomaterials.
The Journal publishes original contributions concerning studies of the preparation, performance, and evaluation of biomaterials and the response of blood and tissues to biomaterials. Also, interdisciplinary areas are covered, such as tissue engineering, medical devices and controlled release technology where biomaterials play a significant role.
Leach’s research is focused on the development of novel biomaterials to instruct cell fate for the purpose of tissue regeneration and treatment of disease. He works closely with clinicians at UC Davis Health and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He will first share editorial duties for the Journal with Dr. James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., who has led the journal for more than 30 years. On April 1, Leach will assume sole duties as the Editor-in-Chief. Leach has a dedicated history with SFB, serving on the Membership, Education, and Finance Committees and helping to initiate a student chapter of the SFB at UC Davis.
“I am humbled and genuinely excited to be selected as Editor-in-Chief of JBMR Part A. The Journal is a wonderful venue to showcase new advances in biomaterials research. I have been an active member of SFB for many years and am excited for this opportunity to support the mission of our Society and share exciting advances in biomaterials. During my tenure, I will create new programs that increase opportunities for trainees to learn more about the reviewing and publishing process, while also developing strategies to highlight biomaterials research accomplishments throughout the community.”