The International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE) will be inducting Professor Abhay Pandit  as an International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering.

Scientists at NUI Galway hope to develop a ‘bioartificial organ’ for the repair of spinal cord injuries. The Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) at the University is leading an ambitious new €4.2 million European project, which someday may help people living with spinal cord injury.

Dr. Manus Biggs was one of 22 researchers to receive a Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) award from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) which were formally announced by Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Sean Sherlock T.D. recently.

Professor Abhay Pandit, Director of the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) has received funding under Science Foundation Ireland’s 2011 Technology Innovation Development Award programme (TIDA). The TIDA programme enables researchers to explore the initial stages of developing their research for commercial benefit, in this case the scale-up of a novel drug delivery system.

Research conducted by William (Bill) Daly, a postgraduate student at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), is featured on the cover page of leading international journal Interface, A Journal of the Royal Society.

Three postgraduates have been awarded Best Poster Prize at the NUI Galway Neuroscience Research Day, held on December 2nd.

Dr. Michael Keeney, a PhD graduate of NUI Galway, has been awarded the prestigious European Doctoral Award for his PhD studies. The award is made annually by the European Society for Biomaterials and confers added value to the Doctoral Degree already gained by Dr. Keeney.

Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis, lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and Principal Investigator at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) has received funding under the Health Research Awards 2011 scheme.

Researchers from the NFB promoted science and research at the 2011 Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition, part of the Discover Science’s National Science Week, held on the NUI Galway campus on November 27th.

Gianluca Fontana, a postgraduate researcher at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), NUI Galway, won the “Wiley Functional Materials Poster Award” for his poster presentation at the 24th European Conference on Biomaterials (ESB) held in Dublin from 4-8 September.