The first CÚRAM Annual Scientific Retreat took place on May 31st and June 1st in Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon. The two-day event saw CÚRAM researchers presenting their work in front of the CÚRAM Scientific Advisory Board. It was an excellent opportunity for exchanges and discussion with CÚRAMs Scientific Advisory Board and keynote speakers including Mr Kevin Bennet, Mayo Clinic, William Wijns, Cardiovascular Center Aalst, Andreas Lendlein, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and Fijs van Leeuwen, from Leiden University Medical Centre.
Academic showcases were presented by Jeremy Simpson, Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Caitriona O’Driscoll from the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork, Madeleine Lowery, School of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering, University College Dublin, Gearóid Ó Laighin from Electronic Engineering, NUI Galway and Martin O’Donnell from the HRB Clinical Research Facility at NUI Galway.
Students who presented over the two days included Marc Fernández, Paolo Contessotto, Aniket Kshirsagar, Maura Tilbury, Vivien Stuettgen, Aitor Larrañaga, Séamus Caulfield, Sarah Jarrin, Jared Gerlach, Ivor Geoghegan, Adam Raymakers and Brendan Dolan
Entrepreneurial and industry showcases were also presented by Industry partners.
A highlight of the retreat on the first evening were the CÚRAM ‘Science Soundbytes’ presentations by Juhi Samal, Isma Liza Mohd Isa, Ivor Geoghan and Dilip Thomas which were followed by a researcher-led Panel Discussion with the Scientific Advisory Board.
CÚRAM is a Science Foundation Ireland academic-industry-clinical ‘super centre’ designing the next generation of ‘smart’ medical devices. CÚRAM’s innovative approach incorporates biomaterials and drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, glycoscience and device design to enhance, develop and validate both traditional and new combinational medical devices. Devices are developed with strong clinical collaborations to enable rapid translation of research findings to clinical application. See http://www.curamdevices.ie/
MMI is supporting CÚRAM in its mission to translate research to the clinic. This includes generating novel data and design strategies for maximising medical device clinical trial success, and building a network of medical and surgical specialists involved in device-based care. MMI will also play a key role in developing CÚRAM cross-institutional education and training. See https://www.crdi.ie/research-curam/