Oct 24 2017 Posted: 00:00 IST

CÚRAM PhD Candidate Kieran Joyce has been selected as the First Prize winner in the undergraduate poster session at the Sir Peter Freyer conference in NUI Galway which was held on Friday 1st ad Saturday 2nd September 2017.

Kieran graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences as part of an integrated MB PhD program in NUI Galway, and now at CÚRAM, is investigating the glycoprofile of the intervertebral disc in regeneration under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

The Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture & Surgical Symposium is hosted annually on the first weekend of September by the Department of Surgery, NUI Galway. Professor Sean O'Beirn established this conference in 1975 and was succeeded by Professor HF Given. It is currently hosted by Mr Oliver McAnena and Professor Michael Kerin. It is the largest surgical conference in Ireland and is open to all surgical disciplines both nationally and internationally.

The Sir Peter Freyer Memorial Lecture & Surgical Symposium provides a platform for healthcare professionals to present their research and clinical work and allows for the merging of both scientific and clinical information. Abstracts are published in a supplement to the Irish Journal of Medical Science.

Congratulating Kieran on his achievement Prof Pandit said “One of CÚRAM’s key strengths is the collaborative nature of our research, involving academics, industry partners and clinicians and its critical for our students to gain experience in presenting their work in these multi –disciplinary environments”.

Kieran will also be presenting at the Atlantic Corridor Medical Student Research Conference 2017 in Cork on Thursday next, the 2nd November. This is an intervarsity undergraduate research day showcasing a diverse range of clinical and translational medical research projects.

CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, based at NUI Galway, aims to improve quality of life for patients suffering from chronic illness, through the development of smart implantable medical devices.

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