February CÚRAM Scientific Director appointed TERMIS EU Chair
Professor Abhay Pandit has been elected Chair of the Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)- EU Chapter. TERMIS has a global mission to advance tissue engineering and regenerative medicine worldwide to generate knowledge to improve patient outcomes globally.
Speaking about his appointment, Prof Pandit said: “This appointment gives a voice to the work we are doing in CÚRAM on a global scale. It will draw the focus of key stakeholders to our Centre and allow CÚRAM to play a vital role in the formation of critical policy decisions within the EU and further afield.”
The mission of TERMIS is to promote education and research within the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine across the globe and is the premier global scientific society in the area with an EU membership currently at 1000.
Since its inception, Prof Pandit has been a member of the society and has served on the Council (2010-2014). In 2010 he put Ireland on the TERMIS map by hosting the first-ever meeting in Galway. The meeting, which hosted 700+ people, was one of the largest scientific conferences held in Galway.
“It is an honour to be elected Chair by the peers in the field. TERMIS is the largest organisation for which I have held a position of this kind. This recognition is a testament to the work that we are doing in CÚRAM.”
Prof Pandit has been working in the field of biomaterials since 1989. In addition to holding the Chair, he is a Fellow of the Society and holds the title FTERM—the only academic in Ireland bestowed that honour. The appointment places CÚRAM amongst the top centres globally and is a notable achievement given that Ireland is one of the smallest member states in the society.
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CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices, is developing the next generation of medical devices and training a highly-skilled workforce. Set up in 2015, CÚRAM is now a world-leading Irish Medical Device R&D Centre based out of NUI Galway. While led by the National University of Ireland Galway, CÚRAM’s partner institutes include University College Dublin, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Dublin City University, Technological University of the Shannon and National Institute Bioprocessing Research and Training. The Centre focuses on developing biomedical implants, therapeutic and diagnostic devices that address the needs of patients living with chronic illness. They also partner with local small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) and multinational medical device and pharmaceutical companies to increase employment in Ireland. The Centre has seen numerous scientific breakthroughs, as researchers focus on improving the quality of life for patients living with long-term chronic conditions such as diabetes, back pain, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Our researchers focus on engineering approaches for repair and remodelling, improved drug delivery solutions and superior medical implant designs to treat chronic diseases. CÚRAM was created because of the need for clinicians, industry, and researchers to collaborate in developing medical devices that will create jobs and establish a global hub for MedTech. Follow us @ CURAMdevices or visit www. nuigalway.ie/curam