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

Biomedical Diagnostics Institute

The Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) is a multidisciplinary research institute focused on the development of next generation point-of-care biomedical diagnostics devices.

A Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Centre for Science Technology & Engineering (CSET), the BDI has developed a cutting edge collaborative research programme involving leading researchers from academic institutions, companies and the clinical environment to form a complementary, integrated, cohesive partnership.  

Professor Dermot Kenny's RCSI research program involves the development of diagnostic microfluidic assay devices for assessment of platelet function in cardiovascular disease and bleeding disorders under conditions found in the vascular system. The first part of this programme is to develop a novel microfluidic device that assays platelet function. The second part of this program is the characterisation of the function of individual platelets.

Key programme elements:

Development of diagnostic microfluidic assay devices for assessment of platelet function in normal and diseased states.

Development of novel single platelet adhesion devices for characterisation of platelet activation status and reactivity (sub-populations) in patient samples.

Application of these assay devices for the characterisation and assessment of platelet function and reactivity in cardiovascular disease and bleeding disorders.