Oct 10 2016 Posted: 00:00 IST

Today saw the official launch of MedTrain, the Marie Skłodowksa-Curie Industry-Academia Fellowship programme in medical device research and development, that will offer 31 fellowships to eligible researchers over the next four years. The launch took place at CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway, with Ciaran Cannon TD.

MedTrain offers two-year fellowships in the area of Medical Device Research and Development. Fellows will have the freedom to choose their research topic (provided that it falls within the remit of CÚRAM), their MedTrain supervisor, and their secondment organisation, which must be relevant to their research and career development. Research topics include tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomaterials and drug delivery, glyco and protein engineering as well as neuromodulation and medical device design.

Ciaran Cannon, TD for Galway East launched the programme, which aims to enhance the creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative potential of researchers, through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility.

Earlier in 2016, CÚRAM was awarded €2.1 million for its application to the COFUND scheme of the the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Scheme under the Horizon 2020 funding programme to develop MedTrain, with the submission for funding ranked first out of 72 applications submitted from across Europe.  MedTrain will deliver high quality tailor-made training for fellows that will equip them with skills and experience required to meet their career goals as well as facilitating their engagement with industry through non-academic secondment partnerships.

Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM said, “CÚRAM has had some excellent successes since its establishment with securing EU funding for cutting edge research projects and we are particularly proud of achieving the top ranking in this funding round. At CÚRAM we work closely with academics, industry and clinicians and this programme will only further enhance those networks across Europe and internationally which are critical for driving medical device research and development.”

Fellows will be based at one of four CÚRAM academic organisations: National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD) or the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Fellowships include secondment to a non-academic research partner, located in any country of the world appropriate to further the research, training and career development needs of each fellow.

MedTrain Fellows will be recruited across two calls, the first of which is now open with a submission deadline of November 30, 2016, and a second call will open prior to August 2017. ‌

CÚRAM: the Centre for Research in Medical Devices is a national, SFI funded, €49.6m research centre. CÚRAM's prime objective is to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative implantable ‘smart’ medical devices to treat major unmet medical needs. CÚRAM industry partners include Irish companies and multinationals, in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology sectors.

Contact the MedTrain Programme Manager: medtrain@curamdevices.ie for more information or visit www.medtrain.eu

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