Biomedical Science and Engineering
Sub-themes in this priority research area:
- Medical Devices & Connected Health
- Cancer Biology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
- Immunodiagnostics & Therapeutics
- Health & Independent Living
- Regenerative Medicine & Developmental Biology
The global medical technologies industry is valued at $280 billion, and is growing at approximately 7% per annum. Galway City is one of four hubs for this industry around the world, and 15 of the world’s top 20 medical technology companies have operations in Ireland. NUI Galway is Ireland’s leading university for Biomedical Science and Engineering, and home to the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES). Major research clusters include the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, Glycoscience and Biomedical Engineering, focused on Biomechanics and Functional Biomaterials.
- National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES)
- Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI)
- The Centre for Chromosome Biology
- New Engineering Building
- World-leading facilities
From research to human therapy
The National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Scienceis an interdisciplinary research centre which brings together scientists, engineers, information technologists and clinicians in a team based, problem-centred approached to research. NCBES research has made and is making significant contributions, not just to the advancement of knowledge in biomedicine, but in developing new treatments for patients.
NCBES provides postgraduate students an environment with expertise in molecular and cell biology, imaging technology, clinical sciences and engineering sciences. Our research staff, who contribute to teaching across disciplines, bring their expertise from the laboratory into the lecture theatre to share real knowledge of research in action.
Scientists in our internationally recognised Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), are leading the way in biomedical research focusing on the translation of an understanding of stem cell biology (see stem cells picture, left) to regenerative therapeutics. Patient care and clinical practice is the major driving force behind REMEDI’s research successes.
REMEDI specialise in basic and applied research in regenerative medicine to develop new therapies for human diseases where patient care and clinical practice is its primary aim. Bringing basic science observations through to clinical trials in regenerative medicine is a complicated process and NUI Galway has developed a unique infrastructure to enable this process.
Students wanting to study in the area of regenerative medicine will not only benefit from REMEDI cross-disciplinary and interactive environment but they will be mentored by internationally recognised academic staff, many of whom have also industry experience.REMEDI has graduated over 20 PhD Students since it was founded in 2004. PhD students trained at REMEDI have gone onto careers in academic research in Ireland and abroad, industry research and development, management of clinical trials and into clinical practice.
Our scientists in the Centre for Chromosome Biologyare focused on understanding how chromosomes work at a fundamental level, work that is at the heart of modern biological research and its application to human disease. Despite the enormous advances in biological knowledge, our understanding of how living cells work is far from complete. To fully harness genome sequencing and other ‘omic’ technologies we have to understand the basic mechanisms that cells use to replicate, repair, express and transmit the chromosomes during cell division. Then the translation of this knowledge, for creating new therapeutic approaches to disease and for understanding how existing drugs are working, can be accomplished more effectively.
Recent publications from Centre laboratories have reported key discoveries in cell division mechanisms, how DNA repair is integrated with cellular organization and potentially novel ways that cells fight viral infection.
Left: Professor Kevin Sullivan's research group wins SFI's Scientific Image of the Year award.
Engineering Building (right) will serve
as an interactive teaching tool for
students. Live data from numerous
sensors will measure the behaviour
of the structure and its energy
consumption, and will be used as a
teaching tool for structural engineering
and building performance concepts. Students will also be able to view sections of the foundation and structure which have been deliberately made visible, so that basic concepts can be taught in a real life setting.
Investment in the very best facilities keeps research at the cutting edge. Facilities the University is currently investing in include:
- The new Engineering Building, designed as an interactive teaching tool, exposed construction techniques and an array of ecological building methods brings new and creative tools for students to form the basis for future research projects
- A new Bioscience Research Building to bring researchers from cognate disciplines together in exciting new industry collaborations
- A Translational Research Facility on the site of the Galway University Hospital to translate our research into enhance treatments for patients
- The National GMP Facility for production of clinical grade stem cells
- A Clinical Research Facility to translate research from laboratory bench to patient
- State-of-the-art research laboratories