NUI Galway graduates Dr. Shane Browne and Dr Michael Monaghan have both been awarded the European Society for Biomaterials-European Doctoral Award for their research in biomaterials. The award is given annually by the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) and confers added value to the doctoral degrees of the recipients.

 CÚRAM PhD student Diana Gaspar has been awarded first prize for her presentation entitled 'Modulation of cell microenvironment with oxygen tension and macromolecular crowding: A multifactorial approach towards in vitro organogenesis' at the UK Society for Biomaterials Annual Conference held at Ulster University. The award was sponsored by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

CÚRAM is poised to design and create implantable ‘smart’ medical devices. Implants will be designed and manufactured to respond to the body’s environment and to deliver therapeutic agents, such as drugs, exactly where needed.

Nanomedicine has published a special focus edition on the combined force of nanomedicine and regenerative medicine; two fields that continue to develop at a dramatic pace.

A major conference on the future developments of polymers for medicine opened in Galway yesterday, and is being hailed a huge success by organisers. This is the first time the Advanced Functional Polymers in Medicine (AFPM) annual conference has been held in Ireland, and it continues until tomorrow.

Photo: Pictured at AFPM 2015 were: Professor Andreas Lendlein of Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Teltow, Germany; Professor Abhay Pandit, Director of the newly established Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) at NUI Galway; Mayor of Galway Donal Lyons; and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway.

Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis has been elected to the European Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).

The Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) was short-listed for three categories in the Irish Laboratory Awards 2014: Bio Science Laboratory of the Year, Medical Laboratory of the Year and Research Laboratory of the Year.

NUI Galway hosted the First Annual Meeting of Matrix Biology Ireland (MBI) in the University’s new Bioscience Building the 19-21 November. This inaugural meeting represents the formal launch of Matrix Biology Ireland, which has recently been established as a learned society, with the scope of promoting and consolidating knowledge and expertise in the Extracellular Matrix field in Ireland.

Thousands attended the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) for the final day of the Galway Science and Technology Festival. NUIG helped host the final day with over 100 interactive exhibits at various locations around the campus. The event followed two weeks of science and technology events, including visits to around 180 schools across the city and county.

NUI Galway will host the First Annual Meeting of Matrix Biology Ireland (MBI) in the University’s new Bioscience Building from the 19- 21 November.This inaugural meeting represents the formal launch of Matrix Biology Ireland, which has recently been established as a learned society, with the scope of promoting and consolidating knowledge and expertise in the Extracellular Matrix field in Ireland.