Medical Device Design Group welcomes New Members

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.

Ellen Simmons is undertaking a 6 month internship as part of her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow. She will be working with Fergal Coulter on the DRIVE project.

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Ellen Cahill wins BOC Gases Bursary Symposium 2015/16

21591 - 112Group 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.
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The Cutting Edge of Bulk Metallic Glass – Applications as Surgical Tools and Implantable Medical Devices

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.

The article is available with open access through:

Group Members Ellen Cahill and Kevin Krieger present at the Bioengineering in Ireland Conference 2016

UCD Medical Device Design Group Members Ellen Cahill and Kevin Krieger presented on their PhD research at the 22nd Bioengineering in Ireland Conference which was held in Galway.

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.

Kevin Krieger awarded NUI Travelling Studentship in Biomedical Engineering

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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