ONLINE CRDI Course: Principles of Medical Device Design

Course Description

This online e-Learning course integrates the principles and methods of engineering and life sciences towards the fundamental understanding of structure-function relationships in normal and pathological mammalian tissues. The course gives an introduction to how devices are designed. Concepts of design of biomaterials systems for the intended applications with the evolving paradigm of biocompatibility will be elucidated. Guiding biomechanical principles required for these designs will also be covered. Students will also be exposed to future strategies involving nanotechnology and regenerative medicine concepts. The translation process of how devices are tested and transformed into market will be discussed. Students will learn the process of assessment of clinical need/market, select the optimal treatment strategy and decide on the particular design factors of a medical device which need to be considered for a particular application.

Course Coordinator: Dr Manus Biggs, NUI Galway

Course Information

Course content will be accessible online and participation is self-paced within defined timeframes. The course is supported by a 2 hour workshop which will be delivered at the end of the online period. The course content will be examined thereafter by online MCQ.

CRDI certificate and CRDI open badge will be awarded to all successful course participants


Registration for expressions of interest is closed

*Full participation in all course components is required for award of CRDI certificate and/or open badge as appropriate

** Course workshop will be delivered in CÚRAM, Biomedical Science Building, NUIG unless otherwise stated

***Next course delivery: tbc

Course Content

  • Session 1: Introduction to Medical Devices (Prof Abhay Pandit, NUI Galway)
  • Session 2: Medical Device Industry in Ireland (Dr John O’Dea, Crospon)
  • Session 3: A Biomaterials Design Perspective (Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis, NUI Galway)
  • Session 4: Design of an Orthopaedic Implant (Dr Manus Biggs, NUI Galway)
  • Session 5: Concepts of Biocompatibility (Prof Abhay Pandit, NUI Galway)
  • Session 6: Regenerative Medicine (Prof Matt Griffin, NUI Galway)
  • Session 7: Neural Device Interface (Prof Laura Ballerini, Universita di Trieste, Italy)
  • Session 8: Design by Self Assembly (Dr Matteo Palma, QMUL)
  • Session 9: Therapeutic Angiogenesis (Dr Andrea Banfi, NUI Galway)
  • Section 10: Tissue Engineering (Prof Steve Meikle, University of Brighton)

Indicative Learning Outcomes

On successful completion course participants should:

  1. Have an understanding of the multi- and inter-disciplinary nature of the medical device field
  2. Understand the concepts of biocompatibility.
  3. Understand the processes involved in biomaterials and biomechanics principles in designing medical devices.
  4. Be able to have an insight in the medical device industry in Ireland.


Registration for expressions of interest is closed. Next course delivery tbc