Kevin Krieger awarded NUI Travelling Studentship in Biomedical Engineering

NUI Travelling Studentship 2015 (Kevin Krieger)
Kevin being presented the NUI Travelling Studentship 2015 by NUI Chancellor Dr. Maurice Manning

Group Member Kevin Krieger has been awarded an NUI Travelling Studentship in Biomedical Engineering for his PhD project ‘Development of Flexible Microneedle Electrodes as Wearable Sensors for Long-term Evaluation of Dynamic Muscle Performance’. This Travelling Studentship will enable Kevin to conduct research on his project in the Harvard Biodesign Lab of Prof. Conor Walsh at Harvard University.

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Kevin Krieger commences PhD on Microneedle Sensors with Funding from the Irish Research Council

Kevin Krieger has commenced his PhD studies on the ‘Development of Flexible Microneedle Electrodes as Wearable Sensors for Long-Term Evaluation of Dynamic Muscle Performance’. The aim is to develop next-generation electrode sensors for use in smart wearable devices. The project is in collaboration with Professor Conor Walsh at Harvard University. Funding is provided by the Irish Research Council as Kevin was awarded the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2015 for his research proposal.

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Engineers Ireland Debate: ‘3D printing, is it all just hype?’

A debate entitled ‘3D printing, is it all just hype?’ will take place at the Engineers Ireland Headquarters on October 6th from 6:30 pm onwards. There will be a short presentation from five specially selected speakers, including the UCD Centre for Biomedical Engineering PIs Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill and Dr. Emmanuel Reynaud. The presentations are followed by an open panel discussion on 3D printing and its place in industry with refreshments served.

More info can be found here.

The Irish Forum for Global Health publishes article written by Group Member Muthu Thangaramanujam

Group Member Muthu Thangaramanujam has written an article for the Irish Forum for Global Health as part of the student outreach initiative called #GlobalHealthWrites.

The article entitled ‘3D Printing and Global Health: An Ethical Perspective’3D Printing and Global Health: An Ethical Perspective’ gives an introduction to 3D printing, its applications in Medicine and Global Health, and highlights the ethical considerations in relation to 3D printing projects in Global Health.

Read the article here:

http://globalhealth.ie/3d-printing-and-global-health-an-ethical-perspective/

Research Opportunities to work on Medical Device Development as part of the DRIVE consortium

The UCD Medical Device Design Group, part of the UCD Centre for Biomedical Engineering and the School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, have two immediate openings for a Senior Researcher and an experienced Postdoctoral Researcher to join the group. The positions entail working on medical device development as part of the DRIVE (Diabetes Reversing Implants with enhanced Viability and long-term Efficacy) consortium.

Closing Date for Applications: 22nd May 2015, 5 pm

For further information on these opportunities, please go to the Join us section.

Ellen Cahill and Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill publish review paper on Biofunctional Microneedles for Stimulus Responsive Drug Delivery

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Biofunctional Microneedle Patch

Group Members Ellen Cahill and Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill have published a review paper in the journal Bioconjugate Chemistry titled ‘Toward Biofunctional Microneedles for Stimulus Responsive Drug Delivery’. In the paper, Cahill and O’Cearbhaill review existing microneedle technology and share their perspective on the future development of microneedle devices. The paper reviews microneedles for biosignal sensing as well as their use as drug and therapeutic delivery devices. It further discusses the potential convergence of these two platforms towards biofuncational stimulus-responsive microneedle patches.

Ellen Cahill is currently in the first year of her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Eoin O’Cearbahill.

The paper can be found following the link below:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.5b00211

UCD Biomedical Engineering Student Hannah Craddock joins the Group after being awarded the 2015 HRB Summer Student Scholarship

Health Reasearch Board LogoUCD Biomedical Engineering Student Hannah Craddock was awarded the 2015 HRB Summer Student Scholarship for her project titled ‘Developing Pneumatic Muscles for Integration with Prosthetics using the Soft Robotics Toolkit.’ The project involves the development of a control system for the biomimetic artificial muscle using the toolkit which will assist in providing precise control of pneumatic muscle activation with the aim of integrating the muscle with patient-specific lower limb prostheses. The Soft Robotics Toolkit is an open-source initiative, developed by collaborators at the Harvard Biodesign Lab and is a collection of shared resources to enable rapid and low cost design, fabrication and control of soft robotic devices, specifically the bio-pneumatic muscle for this project.

To access the Soft Robotics Toolkit, click on the image below:

Soft Robotics Toolkit

UCD Centre for Biomedical Engineering Principle Investigators part of team awarded €8.9 million for diabetes research

Horizon 2020Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill and Prof. Eoin Casey will form part of a consortium aimed at developing new treatments for diabetes. The DRIVE (Diabetes Reversing Implants with enhanced Viability and long-term Efficacy) consortium involves 14 partners from seven European countries and will create 13 jobs in Ireland and is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme.

The Consortium is an interdisciplinary effort between stem cell biologists, experts in advanced drug delivery, research scientists, clinicians and companies working together to develop therapeutics to address the challenges of treating diabetes. The researchers will optimise adult stem cell therapy using smart biomaterials and advanced drug delivery, and couple these therapeutics with minimally-invasive surgical devices.

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PhD or PostDoctoral Opportunity in Orthopaedic Medical Device Design

The UCD Medical Device Design Group is offering an opportunity for a successful candidate to join our interdisciplinary team, developing medical devices that address clinical needs. This project will focus on the design, development and testing of novel medical devices for orthopaedic applications, with a particular focus on bioabsorbable methods.

Closing Date for Applications: 22 May 2015

For further information on this opportunity, please go to the Join us section.

Dr. O’Cearbhaill awarded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Dr. Eoin O'CearbhaillDr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill has been awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for 2 years on a project entitled “MICROPOD – MICROPOrous Devices for next-generation therapeutic delivery”. This project aims to develop novel microneedle patches for pain-free drug delivery applications, using a combination of computational and experimental techniques.

The goal of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition at multi- or interdisciplinary level through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.