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

2006

31 December 2006

December 2006: Successful Grant Award

Fergal O'Brien were successful in an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund, Proof of Concept Phase Grant. 2006-2007. The title of the proposal was Collagen-hydroxyapatite composite scaffolds as bone graft substitutes'. Total value of award is €55,137.

December 2006: Successful Grant Award

Fergal O'Brien was a co-applicant on an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund, Proof of Concept Phase Grant. 2007-2008. Dr. Danny Kelly from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in TCD was the Principal Investigator and Dr. Anthony Robinson from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in TCD was also a co-applicant. The title of the proposal was: 'A novel device to control in situ the thermal gelation and concentration of cell-seeded hydrogels'. Total value of award is €92,945.

November 2006: Successful Grant Award

Fergal O'Brien were successful in a Science Foundation Ireland, Industry Research Partnership Supplement Application with Siemens Research Ireland. The title of the proposal was 'Computational modelling of the pore structure, permeability and mechanical behaviour of collagen-GAG scaffolds for bone tissue engineering'. Total value of award is €210,000.

May 2006: Successful Grant Award

Fergal O'Brien were successful in a Science Foundation Ireland, Research Frontiers Grant application. The title of the proposal was 'Development of a novel bone graft substitute. Total value of award is €139,900.

April 2006: Best Conference Paper Award

Orlaith Brennan was awarded 3rd prize for best overall oral presentation at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Annual Research Day which was held in Dublin. Her paper was entitled: 'Mechanical And Histomorphometric Variations In Osteoporotic Trabecular Bone'. Matthew Haugh was highly commended for his paper 'Dehydrothermal Crosslinking of Collagen-GAG Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering' in the same competition.

March 2006: Best Conference Paper Award

Dr Mike JaasmaDr. Michael Jaasma who is a postdoctoral associate in the Group was awarded the highly prestigious New Investigator Recognition Award at the Orthopaedic Research Society conference which was held in Chicago from March 19-22. This research which was carried out as part of his PhD thesis in UC Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. Tony Keaveny was entitled: 'Osteoblast mechanical behavior adapts to the magnitude of habitual loading'.

The Orthopaedic Research Society with approximately 1,700 members is the largest society in this field in the world and the NIRA award is given to outstanding young researchers who have completed their PhD within the past 5 years.

January 2006: Best Conference Paper Awards

Orlaith Brennan was awarded 2nd prize for best student oral presentation in the orthopaedic category at the 12th Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland which was held in Galway. Her paper was entitled: 'Mechanical and histomorphometric variations in normal and osteoporotic trabecular bone'. Oran Kennedy was awarded 3rd prize in the same category at the conference with his paper entitled: 'The effect osteoporosis on compact bone'.

Orlaith Brennan receiving her award from Dr David FitzPatrickOran Kennedy receiving his award from Dr David FitzPatrick

The photos above show Oran and Orlaith receiving their prizes from Dr. David FitzPatrick, Head of the UCD School of Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering and President of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.