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A Short History of Bioengineering Research in Ireland

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Daniel J. Kelly

Department of Mechanical and
Manufacturing Engineering,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2, Ireland;
Trinity Centre for Bioengineering,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2, Ireland;
Tissue Engineering Research Group,
Department of Anatomy,
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,
123 St. Stephen's Green,
Dublin 2, Ireland;
Advanced Materials and Bioengineering
Research (AMBER) Centre,
RCSI and TCD,
Dublin 2, Ireland

Fergal J. O'Brien

Department of Mechanical and
Manufacturing Engineering,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2, Ireland;
Trinity Centre for Bioengineering,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2, Ireland;
Tissue Engineering Research Group,
Department of Anatomy,
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,
123 St. Stephen's Green,
Dublin 2, Ireland;
Advanced Materials and Bioengineering
Research (AMBER) Centre,
RCSI and TCD,
Dublin 2, Ireland
e-mail: fjobrien@rcsi.ie

Patrick J. Prendergast

Office of the President and Provost,
Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2, Ireland

1Corresponding author.

Manuscript received October 16, 2017; final manuscript received December 7, 2017; published online January 12, 2018. Editor: Victor H. Barocas.

J Biomech Eng 140(2), 021005 (Jan 12, 2018) (4 pages) Paper No: BIO-17-1467; doi: 10.1115/1.4038789 History: Received October 16, 2017; Revised December 07, 2017

In July 2018, Ireland will host the World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin. This Congress is held once every 4 yr and is the premier meeting worldwide in its field, with over 3000 people expected to visit Dublin in July. The awarding of the 2018 Congress to Ireland is a reflection of the strength of biomechanics and bioengineering research in this country. To mark this event, herein we describe the development of biomechanics and bioengineering research in Ireland over the past 40 yr, which has grown in parallel with the medical device industry as well as the expansion of Government investment in science, innovation, and a knowledge-based economy. The growth of this activity has resulted in Ireland becoming established as a global hub in the field.

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Trinity Centre for Bioengineering Symposium, September 2015 to celebrate the tenth ERC grant awarded to one of its alumni and/or PIs. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. Award winners, from left to right: Professor Triona Lally, Professor David Hoey and Dr. Mark Ahearne of Trinity, with alumni Dr. Niamh Nowlan (Imperial College, London, UK), Professor Damien Lacroix (University of Sheffield), Professor Laoise McNamara (NUI Galway), and Professor Daniel Kelly (TCBE Director: Trinity) and Professor Fergal O'Brien (TCBE Chair: RCSI).

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Official opening of the TCBE in May 2005. From left: Patrick Prendergast, founding director of the TCBE, Professor Jane Grimson, Vice Provost, Trinity College Dublin, Ms. Mary Hanafin, Minister for Education and Science in the Irish Government, Professor John Fitzpatrick, Head of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Trinity.

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