Dec 13 2017 Posted: 00:00 GMT

‌Dr Shane Browne, postdoctoral fellow at the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, (CÚRAM) based at NUI Galway, has just been awarded a prestigious American Heart Association (AHA) fellowship to continue his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkley.

The AHA is the largest source of funding for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke research next to the US federal government. The mission of the AHA is to fund cutting-edge science and build careers in science and research that impact every aspect of CVD and stroke prevention and treatment. This fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding young researchers in the field of CVD and will fund Dr. Browne’s research at UC Berkeley for two years.

Dr Browne’s research focuses on the development of biomaterial-mediated induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-based therapies to revascularize ischemic tissues. This work will be conducted with Prof. Kevin Healy at UC Berkeley. The Healy Laboratory focuses on the interface between biology and materials science to develop engineered systems to explore both fundamental biological phenomena and new applications in translational medicine. The group is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating researchers from the fields of bioengineering, materials engineering, medicine, and molecular biology

‘This AHA award will allow me to build on the expertise in biomaterials and iPSC technology that I have previously developed at UC Berkeley and CÚRAM. Cardiovascular disease is a major problem worldwide, and I believe that stem cells and biomaterials will play a key role in the development of effective treatments for patients.’

Congratulating Dr Browne on his Fellowship, Prof Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director at CÚRAM said “We’re delighted to see more and more of our students progress and be recognized for the caliber of work that they are achieving here at CÚRAM. I wish Dr Browne every success in his work at the Healy Lab in Berkley. Training and building the capacity of our researchers to take leading roles in biomedical sciences in the future is extremely important to us and we are extremely proud of this achievement”.

CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, is a multidisciplinary centre bringing together research strength and capacity in biomaterials, drug delivery, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, glycoscience, and device design. The Centre’s vision is to develop affordable, innovative and transformative device-based solutions to treat global chronic diseases.

CÚRAMs key strength lies in its ability to establish unique networks of synergistic national and international collaborations, integrating world class clinical, academic and industrial partners. CÚRAM supports industry from basic scientific research, through translational preclinical and clinical development, into regulatory and commercialisation readiness. Find out more at www.curamdevices.ie and follow us @curamdevices.

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