Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

2005

31 December 2005

November 2005: Chartered Engineer of the Year Award

Fergal O'Brien, has been awarded the 2005 Parc/Engineers Ireland, Chartered Engineer of the Year award following interview and a presentation at a ceremony in the Alexander Hotel on November 4th. Fergal was selected from 6 finalists who had been shortlisted from over 300 engineers who were elected to the title of Chartered Engineer during 2005. The statutory title of Chartered Engineer is granted by Engineers Ireland (formerly Institution of Engineers of Ireland) to those engineers who have, through a rigorous review process, shown their ability to apply their competences in the workplace. The Chartered Engineer of the Year Award is considered an outstanding achievement within the profession.

Sponsors of the award, Parc are specialists in recruiting engineers and professional staff to the construction, design and management sector in Ireland and they presented Fergal with a John Rocha Waterford Crystal trophy as well as a cheque for €2,500. "Parc is proud, once again, to sponsor the Chartered Engineer of the Year Award", said Marian Noone, Chief Executive of Resource Management and Technology. "This is the ninth year of our sponsorship and we are delighted to be associated with the talent and calibre of chartered engineers that this award consistently attracts. This year's broad range of short-listed projects clearly demonstrates the high standards and variety of skills amongst Ireland's chartered engineers"

Engineers Ireland President, Anne Butler, Chartered Engineer, said, "I am delighted to see so many of this years' entries reflecting the way engineering is contributing to, and improving the society we live in". She congratulated the six finalists on having reached the top level of engineering and said "winning the Chartered Engineer of the Year award is considered an outstanding achievement within the profession".

The photo below shows Fergal with Anne Butler (left) and Marian Noone (right).

 Dr Fergal O'BrienDr Fergal O'Brien pictured with Anne Cutler (left) and Marian Noone (right).

September 2005: Successful Grant Award

Jacqueline Daly and Fergal O'Brien were successful in a Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Research Committee Grant application. The title of the proposal was 'Development of a bone graft substitute: molecular analysis of osteogenesis by human osteoblasts on a three dimensional collagen scaffold'. Total value of award is €103,136.

September 2005: Inaugural Lecture

Prior to the Annual Medical Faculty Dinner, Prof. Clive Lee, 29th RCSI Professor of Anatomy, delivered his Inaugural Lecture on the theme of 'Re-Engineering Colles: Form, Function and Fragility Fractures'. He described his work in the fields of anatomy, bioengineering, teaching and research.

The photo below shows Mr. Michael Horgan (left), Chief Executive of RCSI, Prof.Clive Lee and Prof. Alan Johnson (right), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Science.

Mr Michael Horgan, Prof Clive Lee and Prof Alan Johnson

August 2005: Special Issue of European Journal of Morphology

Clive Lee and Patrick Prendergast were co-editors of a Special Issue of the European Journal of Morphology on Microdamage in Bone. This issue incorporated papers which were presented at the European Society of Biomechanics Symposium on Microdamage which took place at the 14th Conference of the European Society of Biomechanics, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands in 2004.

European Journal of Morphology

June 2005: Best Conference Paper Award

At the European Orthodontic Society Congress in Amsterdam this month the Beni Solow Award for the best paper published in the European Journal of Orthodontics in 2004 was awarded to the following paper on which Clive Lee was a co-author. Verna C, Dalstra M, Lee TC, Cattaneo PM, Melsen B. Microcracks in the alveolar bone following orthodontic tooth movement: a morphologiocal and morphometric study. European Journal of Orthodontics 26 (2004) 459-467.

June 2005: Successful Grant Award

Fergal O'Brien was a co-applicant on a successful Health Research Board, Basic Research Grant application. Veronica Campbell from the Dept. of Physiology in TCD was the Principal Investigator and Prof. Patrick Prendergast, Director of the Centre for Bioengineering in TCD was also a co-applicant. The title of the proposal was 'The role of oxygen tension in stem cell differentation. Total value of award is €155,000.

April 2005: Best Conference Paper Award

Oran Kennedy was awarded 2nd prize for best overall oral presentation at the 7th Annual meeting of the British Association for Human Identification which was held in Dublin. His paper was entitled: 'Increased bone turnover and porosity in osteoporosis: the effect on bone quality'.

March 2005: Best Conference Paper Award

Oran Kennedy was awarded 2nd prize for best overall oral presentation at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Annual Research Day which was held in Dublin. His paper was entitled: 'Osteoporosis: Bone Quality and Remodelling'.

January 2005: Best Conference Paper Award

Oran Kennedy was awarded 2nd prize for best student oral presentation at the 11th Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland which was held in Dublin. His paper was entitled: 'The contribution of bone turnover to reduced bone quality in osteoporosis.