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DIT Researcher recognised for her outstanding contribution to the field of biomedical engineering research

Posted: 16 February, 2016

Claire Brougham, a member of staff of the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering in DIT, has won the highly prestigious Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal.

From left to right, Prof. David Hoey (Competition Organiser, Treasurer of Biomedical Section of EI and Assoc. Prof in TCD), Mrs. Sorcha McCarthy (Sponsor, DePuy Synthes), Claire Brougham (PhD Candidate in RCSI and Lecturer in DIT), Prof. Fergal O’Brien (PhD Supervisor and Professor in RCSI)

This prize is awarded annually to a PhD student deemed to be making the greatest contribution to the field of biomedical engineering research and is adjudicated based on the submission of a research paper and delivery of a presentation summarising their work. Ms Brougham’s paper, entitled “Dynamic stimulation allows development of a functional tissue engineered heart valve”, was selected as the winning presentation from 24 initial submissions and 4 finalists by a panel of eight interdisciplinary judges from academia and industry. The work presented is part of her PhD being completed in RCSI under the supervision of Prof. Fergal O’Brien, within the Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG), a leading interdisciplinary research group in the area of biomaterials and regenerative therapies.

Some of the work presented was completed by Claire during time she spent at RWTH Aachen, Germany in Prof. Stefan Jockenhovel’s Applied Medical Engineering Group, over the summer of 2015. Recently published work by Ms Brougham was published in Acta Biomaterialia, a top journal in the biomedical field.

This year’s Bioengineering in Ireland conference was the largest ever with over 250 interdisciplinary attendees presenting over 180 papers which was held in Salthill Hotel, Galway, on the 22nd and 23rd of January.

The Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal