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.

Group Members Ellen Cahill and Muthu Thangaramanujam present at the Bioengineering in Ireland Conference 2015

UCD Medical Device Design Group Members Ellen Cahill and Muthu Thangaramanujam presented their PhD research to date at the 21st Annual Conference of the Bioengineering Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

Ellen Cahill, a first year PhD student, gave a poster presentation titled ‘Engineering Material Considerations for Microneedle Applications in Sensing and Delivery’.

Muthu Thangaramanujam, also a first year PhD student, gave a poster presentation titled ‘From 3D Gait Analysis to 3D Printing: Leveraging Gait Analysis and Radiology to Design Patient Specific, Anatomically Accurate Lower Limb Prostheses’

The conference took place  in the Carton House Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare from 16th – 17th January 2015. The Bioengineering in Ireland Conference 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.