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Public and Patient Outreach Programme

The public outreach programme at REMEDI, through information evenings, gives the public an opportunity to find out more about the research being undertaken by REMEDI and possible future applications.


Future Technologies in Medicine Public Forum

The Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), NUI Galway  assembled a panel of speakers to partake in a public forum meeting on the subject of osteoarthritis (OA):

The 2008 forum title:

"Osteoarthritis - current treatments and future therapies"

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 in The G Hotel Conference Centre, Galway.

OA is a major disease focus of the research effort at REMEDI. By hosting this public forum, REMEDI are attempting to increase public awareness on both the prevalence of OA in Ireland and also how new therapies are changing the nature of treatment for patients suffering from the disease.

Discussions on the night focused on:

• The need for surgical replacement versus several new treatments such as cell- and synovial fluid-based therapies.
• The prevalence of early-onset OA in the joints of high-performance athletes, due to the intensive training and increasingly shortened recovery time from severe injuries such as cruciate ligament damage.

Participating panel members were: (for biographies, click here)

Prof. Frank Barry, REMEDI, NUI Galway – an adult stem cell expert with a research focus on cellular therapy for OA.

Dr. Drew Burdon, Smith & Nephew, UK - a global medical technology company specialist who will highlight several new treatments for OA.

Mr. Bill Curtin, Galway University Hospital – an orthopaedic surgeon with significant international experience.

Mr. Philip Gleeson, Arthritis Ireland - battling early-onset arthritis

The forum was also endorsed by leading Irish sporting personalities Pat Spillane and Gary O’Toole. Spillane, the former Kerry GAA great, is currently suffering from severe knee OA. O’Toole, the former Irish Olympic swimmer is now a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in The Beacon Clinic, Dublin. Both gave extraordinary interviews about their respective experiences with OA and both interviews were exclusively screened during the REMEDI forum.

The forum is an annual event, free to all members of the public. Further information can be obtained by contacting 091-495726 or info@remedi.ie


Previous information Nights:

Cord Blood Banking: click here

Spinal Cord Injury: click here