The UCD Medical Device Design Group has an open position for a Medical Device Engineer to work on the DRIVE (Diabetes Reversing Implants with enhanced Viability and long-term Efficacy) Project. More info on these positions can be found here.
Kevin Krieger receiving his award from Professor Michael Gilchrist, Head of School
A research project developing a new microneedle platform technology has won a University College Dublin (UCD) commercialisation award.
Group member Ellen Cahill, a PhD student in the UCD Medical Device Design Group is working on this technology with Dr Eoin O’Cearbhaill and Dr Shane Keaveney.
Microneedle patches are microsystem devices which are commonly used to painlessly pierce an individual’s skin creating a pathway for therapeutic drug delivery.
Many such needles have been designed for use in vaccine delivery. However there is an industry demand for microneedles which can deliver a slow, sustained release of therapeutic drugs through a cost-effective, scalable process.
To solve this issue the team has designed and developed a new type of microneedle. This new microneedle platform technology has the potential to deliver slow-release therapeutics with enhanced mechanical performance compared to currently available microneedles on the market.
Ms Cahill was the overall winner of the 2016 UCD MedTech Innovation Sprint Programme, a 1-day initiative designed and delivered by UCD’s technology transfer and enterprise development teams at NovaUCD.
Each 1-day innovation sprint programme aims to encourage the development of commercial outputs, arising from specific research areas, by engaging with researchers at an earlier stage in the commercialisation process.
Ellen said, “The aim of my research at UCD is focused on developing a platform technology which offers a smart way of delivering next-generation therapeutics through minimally invasive approaches.”
The team will continue to develop this microneedle platform while putting it through rigorous testing to ensure that the best possible product is brought forward.
This research has been supported by Science Foundation Ireland through a Technology Innovation Development Award, the Naughton Foundation and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.
MDD would like to thank UCDNOVA for the continued support and encouragement in moving research into real world applications.
More info can be found here.
The UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme, an intensive 3 month workshop held at NovaUCD, culminated on Wednesday night in the announcement of the winner of the UCD start-up of the year award. This title was won by EpiCor Therapeutics, who are developing new disease-modifying treatments that target the mechanisms underlying the development of heart failure.
Members of the Medical Device Design Group Dr. Nicky Bertollo and Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill, together with Dr. Seamus Morris, took part in the 2016 UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme with their start-up Latch Medical. The start-up is developing a revolutionary tissue anchorage system based on microtechnology.
More information on the night, and details of the technologies being developed by other early-stage UCD start-ups participating in the program can be found here.
Summer research intern Ciara Giles Doran received the Silver Medal Award at the 2016 UCD Student Summer Research Awards (SSRA) Symposium, which took place on Thursday, October 13 th in the U.C.D. O’Brien Centre for Science. Starting in June 2016, Ciara worked under the supervision of Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill, and co-supervision of Dr. Shane Keaveny as part of the UCD Medical Device Design Group. She presented her project “Development of Durable, User-Specific, 3D-Printed Ankle Foot Orthosis” as one of eight finalists from a pool of over 100 research projects. The SSRA program takes a multidisciplinary approach, providing undergraduate Health Science and Biomedical Engineering students an opportunity to undertake an 8-week supervised research project within UCD
laboratories and/or affiliated clinical sites.
Ciara’s research was funded by the Health Research Board.
Group member Kevin Krieger presented a poster on his PhD project entitled ‘Development of Flexible Microneedle Electrode for Surface EMG’ at the XXI Conference of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK). This biannual conference took place between July 6th to 8th in Chicago, Illinois.
The International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) is a multidisciplinary organisation composed of members from all over the world in health-related fields and basic science with a common desire to study human movement and the neuromuscular system. The purpose of the Society is to promote research and teaching in the disciplines of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology in normal, experimental and pathological conditions of the sensory and motor systems, with emphasis on the interactive use of the two disciplines.
Kevin’s research is funded by the IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship and the NUI Travelling Studentship schemes.
There have been several new additions to the Medical Device Design Group:
Oisín Byrne is a new PhD student joining the MDD Group. His project is entitled 3D Printing of Polymers onto the Abluminal Surface of Cylindrical Tissue Samples.
Paulina Eberts has joined the UCD Medical Device Design Group for the summer of 2016 as an Undergraduate Naughton Fellow. She is working alongside PhD student Ellen Cahill on the Development of Microneedles for Use in Delivery and Continuous Monitoring Devices.
Ciara Giles Doran has started a 8-week internship as part of the Summer Student Research Awards programme. Her project, Development of Durable User-Specific 3D Printed Orthotics, focuses on the development of durable, user-specific 3D printed ankle foot orthosis, with funding provided by the Health Research Board.
Priya Reddy is working with Nicky Bertollo on a project for her Master in Surgery entitled Biomechanical Evaluation of a Novel Flexor Tendon Repair.
Group member and second year PhD student Ellen Cahill has won the BOC Gases Bursary Symposium 2015/16. Competing with eight other PhD students from the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Ellen was able to secure first place for her presentation entitled ‘Porous Microneedles for Sensing and Drug Delivery’. By placing first, Ellen was awarded €900 and given the opportunity to present a poster on her research at the 19th Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium which took place between the 27th-28th of April.
A state-of-the-art review, just published in Advanced Materials, was co-written by UCD Medical Device Design members as part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. David Browne’s group on medical device applications of Bulk Metallic Glass. It details current and future applications of a emerging subset of biometals with unique properties for medical device applications.
Ellen Cahill, currently in the second year of her PhD , gave a presentation entitled ‘Analysis of Porous 316l Stainless Steel as a Microneedle Drive Delivery Material’.
Kevin Krieger, a first year PhD student, presented on his project ‘Development of Flexible Microneedle Electrodes as Wearable Sensors for Long-term Evaluation of Dynamic Muscle Performance’.
The conference was hosted by the National University of Ireland Galway and took place between the 22nd – 23rd January 2016 in the Salthill Hotel in Galway.
Bioengineering in Ireland is the Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. It is established as one of Ireland’s longest-running and most active research conferences in engineering and science, and brings together multidisciplinary researchers working across a range of applications targeted at improving health and healthcare.