A new world-class medical device research centre is to be established at NUI Galway as part of a €245 million Government investment in science and technology. In addition, NUI Galway is to play a key role in two other research centres announced today in Dublin by Richard Bruton, T.D. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and Damien English, T.D. Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation.

Pictured at the signing of the MOU were Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice-President for Research , NUI Galway; Dr Jim Browne, President, NUI Galway; Professor Tony Windebank, Deputy Director for Discovery, Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic; and Professor Tim O’Brien, Director of REMEDI NUI Galway. Collaboration will focus on stem cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials and biomedical engineering.

Dr Manus Biggs, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigator at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) at NUI Galway has won the Larry Hench Young Investigator Award.

Lower back pain is generally attributed to intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. New strategies to treat IVD degeneration have been the focus of a project funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB).

Dr Subhadip Bodhak has received a Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The award provides support for excellent postdoctoral researchers wanting a fully independent research career.

Dr. William (Bill) Daly, a PhD graduate of NUI Galway, has been awarded the prestigious European Doctoral Award for his doctoral studies.

Shane Browne, a final year PhD student at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), has been awarded an Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellowship under the ELEVATE scheme.

Catalina Vallejo Giraldo, a PhD student at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), has been awarded the Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland (RAMI) Donegan Medal.

Dilip Thomas, a final year PhD student at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), has been awarded a bursary to present his work at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference.

Eleven researchers from the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) gave podium presentations at the prestigious TERMIS-EU 2014 conference in Genova, Italy last week.