DIT lecturer wins ICUF Scholarship award to develop knee prostheses

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Colm O'Kane pictured at the ICUF Annual Awards Ceremony last Monday June 15th,
being congratulated by the Ambassador of Canada to Ireland, the Honourable Mr. Patrick Binns

9th July 2009

Colm O?Kane, a lecturer in the School of Manufacturing and Design Engineering, was recently awarded a Craig Dobbin Scholarship by the Ireland Canada University Foundation to fund a research rotation at the University of British Columbia?s orthopaedic research unit in Vancouver, Canada. While in Canada, Colm will develop his PhD work in the area of knee prosthesis development, focused on developing optimized strategies for partial and total joint replacements used in treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee joint.

Colm aims, through his visit, to establish collaborative research between the Irish and Canadian groups, and so advance the field of human knee joint replacement. Colm is a member of the DIT Biomedical Device and Assistive Technology Research Group, and has also undertaken this work in conjunction with the Bioengineering research group at University College Dublin.

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