Medtronic Prize

‌The Medtronic Prize is awarded to the student of Biomedical Engineering who achieves first place in the final year of the course leading to the B.E. degree. This prize consists of a cheque in the amount of €400 and a Galway Crystal plate. Pictured in the photo are Ms Ann Hunt, Senior QA Manager, Medtronic and Dr. James Browne, President of NUI Galway, presenting the prize to Elizabeth Gallagher.

MCS Kenny International Prize in Mechanical Engineering

MCS Kenny sponsor this prize of €1000 for the best individual project by a student of Mechanical Engineering in the final year of the course leading to the B.E. Degree. 

‌Pictured are Mr. Kevin Whooley of MCS Kenny International presenting the prize to Robert Richardson with Dr. James Browne, President of NUI Galway and Prof. Sean Leen.

The Rachel Craig Prize 

The prize consists of the Rachel Craig Medal and €500, and was presented to Mary Poniard for outstanding achievement in professional experience placement. Also pictured are Teresa and Noel Craig, Dr. James Browne, and Prof. Peter McHugh.

Biomedical Engineering Researchers win top prizes at the 18th Annual BINI Conference, 2012

Two Biomedical Engineering researchers and a lecturer from the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering have been awarded prizes for their research presentations at the Annual Bioengineering in Ireland (BINI) conference held on 27th January 2012. Bioengineering in Ireland is the Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. It is now established as one of Ireland's longest-running and most active research conferences in engineering and science. Conleth Mullen, a PhD student from Dr. Laoise McNamara’s research group, won Third Prize for Established Student Researcher Presentation for his talk entitled “Experimental and Computational Investigation into Mechanotransduction in Osteocytes”. Dr. Ted Vaughan, a Postdoctoral researcher also from Dr. Laoise McNamara’s research group, shared first prize in the Mature researcher category for his presentation “Bone as a Composite Material: A Multiscale Perspective”. The other winner in this category was Dr. Nathan Quinlan, a Senior lecturer in Biomedical Engineering from NUIGalway, for his presentation “Towards Meshfree Computational Modelling of Biomedical Flow”.  Pictured are Biomedical Engineering researchers Dr. Ted Vaughan and Conleth Mullen with their awards from the 18th Annual BINI Conference, 2012.

Biomedical Engineering PhD student wins NUI Travelling Studentship

Biomedical Engineering PhD student Eimear Dolan has recently been awarded the National University of Ireland Graduate Travelling Studentship. The awards were presented by Dr Maurice Manning, the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland at a ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. This prestigious scholarship is designed to promote NUI postgraduate students to conduct aspects of their research abroad, and upon their return enrich the learning community within NUI. The studentship dates from 1910 and Eimear is one of five recipients of the national award offered in the sciences in 2011. Eimear from Claremorris, Co. Mayo, is undertaking her PhD studies in collaboration with Stryker Instruments at the National Centre of Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) at NUI Galway, under the supervision of Dr. Laoise McNamara. The aim of her research is to advance the understanding of the effects of surgical orthopaedic cutting on cell and tissue integrity to optimise post-operative bone repair. These studies will inform the design of surgical instrumentation that can enhance post-surgical healing, minimise patient recovery time and revisions required, thus greatly reduce healthcare costs. This studentship will involve collaborations with leading researchers in the field, whose centres are based in foreign universities, such as Professor Glen Niebur at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. Pictured is Eimear Dolan with Dr Maurice Manning, the Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, receiving her award at the NUI awards ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Four Biomedical Engineering PhD students awarded SFI Travel Fellowships

Four Biomedical Engineering PhD students have been awarded Short Term Travel Fellowships (STTF) from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Paul Gunning, a 2nd year PhD student supervised by Dr. Laoise McNamara, will travel to the internationally renowned Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics (CFM) research group in Georgia Institute of Technology. During his visit Paul will further his research in the area of minimally invasive heart valves, in collaboration with Medtronic Cardiovascular, by conducting experiments that will provide data to develop preclinical design tools to inform the design of the next generation of minimally invasive transcatheter heart valves. Evelyn Birmingham, a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Peter McHugh and Dr. Laoise McNamara, will travel to the laboratory of Professor Glen Niebur at Notre Dame. Evelyn will conduct research on the importance of the biomechanical and biochemical microenvironment of the stem cell niche for osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells. Two PhD students from Dr. Patrick McGarry’s group, Enda Dowling and Will Ronan, have been awarded STTF awards to travel to University of California Davis and Santa Barbara respectively. Enda Dowling will work with Prof. Kyriacos Athanasiou on the role of shear and compressive deformation on the biomechanical behaviour of cartilage cells. Micro-scale mechanical test machines will be used to apply precise loading patterns to single cells and will provide a novel insight into the role of mechanical loading in the remodelling of sub-cellular structures. William Ronan will work with Prof. Robert McMeeking to develop a computational framework to predict the active response of biological cells to the mechanical properties of their surroundings. Such advanced biomechanical modelling has immense potential for tissue engineering and control of cellular function. In addition to these four outgoing fellowships, Dr. Laoise McNamara has been awarded an SFI Travel Fellowship for an incoming PhD student, Thomas Coughlin, from the University of Notre Dame. Together these awards represent a considerable investment of approximately €60,000 by SFI into these activities. The generation of high impact factor publications through these prestigious international collaborations will be of great benefit to Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway and will further establish the international profile of the College of Engineering and Informatics and the University.