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

2007

31 December 2007

September 2007: Successful Grant Award

Fergal O'Brien and John Gleeson were successful in a Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund Technology Development Phase (CFTD) grant. The title of the grant is 'Collagen-hydroxyapatite composite scaffolds as bone graft substitutes. Total value of award is €410,841.

August 2007: Successful Grant Award

Fergal O'Brien were successful in a Health Research Board, Research Project Grant. The title of the grant is 'Bone tissue mineralization during osteoporosis'. Dr. Laoise McNamara from the University of Southampton was the a co-applicant. Total value of award is €313,229.

August 2007: Visiting Scholar

Prof. Seth Donahue from Michigan Technological University arrives. Seth will be on on sabbatical in RCSI & TCD for the next year. His research interests include bone mechanics and osteoporosis as well mechanotransduction in bone tissue engineering.

July 2007: Successful Grant Award

Jacqueline Daly and Clive Lee were successful in a Health Research Board, Research Project Grant. The title of the grant is 'Identification of novel biomarkers in osteoporosis - Defusing the osteoporosis time bomb'.

May 2007: Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal

Matthew Haugh was a finalist in the 2007 Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal was held in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). This award is made annually by Engineers Ireland to a final year PhD student who has been judged by a select committee to be making a significant contribution to the field of biomedical engineering research. 

April 2007: Best Conference Paper Award

Orlaith Brennan, a PhD student in the Group supervised by Fergal O'Brien, was awarded 1st 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: 'Trabecular architecture and material properties as determinants of bone strength'.

April 2007: Successful Grant Awards

Fergal O'Brien were involved on 3 successful Science Foundation Ireland, Research Frontiers Grant applications. The title of the proposals were:
(i) ' Induction of in vitro angiogenesis by marrow stromal cells on collagen glycosaminoglycan scaffolds for orthopaedic tissue engineering.' Fergal was the Principal Investigator. Dr. Eric Farrell from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Prof. Patrick Prendergast from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Veronica Campbell from the Dept. of Physiology in TCD were the a co-applicants. Total value of award is €175,500.
(ii) ' The influence of biophysical stimuli on tissue differentiation and matrix synthesis in vitro.' Dr. Danny Kelly from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in TCD was the Principal Investigator and Dr. Veronica Campbell from the Dept. of Physiology in TCD was also a co-applicant. Total value of award is €171,750.
(iii) ' Is the bone tissue mineralization process altered during osteoporosis?' Dr. Laoise McNamara from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in NUIG was the Principal Investigator. Total value of award is €179,300.

April 2007: Nature Materials

Clive Lee was a co-author on a paper which was published in the April issue of Nature Materials (2007; 6: 263-268). The paper was entitled ‘Living with cracks: Damage and repair in human bone'. This article reviewed the research that has been carried out to understand how microcracks form and grow in bone and how they can be detected and repaired in a timely manner.

January 2007: Journal Editors

Clive Lee and Fergal O'Brien were appointed as Subject Editors in Anatomy and Tissue Engineering respectively, for the newly launched Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. The journal is concerned with the mechanical deformation, damage and failure under applied forces, of biological material (at the tissue, cellular and molecular levels) and of biomaterials, i.e. those materials which are designed to mimic or replace biological materials.

January 2007: Special Issue of Technology and Healthcare

Clive Lee and Fergal O'Brien were Guest Editors of a Special Issue of Technology and Healthcare Tissue Engineering for Orthopaedic Applications. This issue incorporated papers which were presented at a Symposium on Tissue Engineering for Orthopaedic Applications Symposium which took place at the 3rd European Medical & Biological Engineering Conference, Prague, Czech Republic in November, 2005.

January 2007: Best Conference Paper Awards

Orlaith Brennan pictured with Dr Fraser Buchanan and Dr David FitzPatrickOrlaith Brennan was awarded 2nd prize for best student oral presentation (advanced research) at the 13th Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland which was held in Fermanagh. Her paper was entitled: 'Bone architecture and mineralisation as determinants of fracture risk. Michael Keogh was awarded 3rd prize in the 3rd place in the student (new research) category at the conference with his paper entitled: 'Molecular analysis of osteogenesis by human osteoblasts on a three dimensional collagen-GAG scaffold'.

The photo below shows Orlaith receiving her prize. Also pictured in the photos are Dr. Fraser Buchanan, Senior Lectuer in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering in QUB (left) who was on the organising committee for the conference and Dr. David FitzPatrick (right) , 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.