Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland Hosts Public Information Night
March 3rd 2010
Professor Frank Barry of the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) was one of three key speakers at an Osteoarthritis Public Information Night in Tralee, Co. Kerry on February 26, 2010.
The Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland, with the financial assistance of AOK Plant Ltd of Abbeyfeale and Tralee hosted a free Public Information Night followed by a question and answer session in Manor West Hotel,Tralee on Friday, 26 February at 7.30pm. The topic of the talk was Osteoarthritis – Current Treatments & Future Therapies. More than 300 people attended the event. The guest speakers on the night were:
Professor Frank Barry of the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), NUI Galway is a stem cell expert with a particular research interest in the therapeutic application of adult stem cells to develop treatments for human disease. REMEDI has established a major research initiative in the evaluation of stem cells for the treatment of osteoarthritis and sports injuries.
Currently the only solution for people suffering with severe osteoarthritis is surgery to replace the damaged joint. This new technology which is still in its infancy will eliminate the need for such surgery.
The next stage of the process for REMEDI is to get clearance from the medical governing body in Ireland to commence human trials. The 1 in every 6 people in Ireland suffering from arthritis hopes that this will be sooner rather than later. There is no doubt, but there will be a queue of people offering to take part in those trials when they commence.
Mr. William Curtin, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, at GalwayUniversityHospital has major interests in surgery for hip and knee osteoarthritis, with special interests in joint degeneration, having studied ultrastructural aspects of osteoarthritis and cartilage regeneration as part of his master’s thesis and fellowship. Mr. Curtin also collaborates with regenerative medicine researchers in developing emerging treatment options for early joint disease.
Dr. John Chute, Fairies Cross Medical Centre,Tralee, is a local GP who has special interest in sports medicine. John is currently the Team Doctor to the Irish U17 soccer team and is a regular on the Radio Kerry’s Medical Matters weekly programme.
Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, last week announced Government funding through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) of €6.9million to 62 research awards through SFI’s Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) programme, in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland.