Feb 21 2018 Posted: 00:00 GMT

Calling all documentary makers, can research cure a broken heart? This year, CÚRAM, the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices at NUI Galway and Galway Film Centre are offering funding to filmmakers interested in producing a documentary that engages with research into cardiovascular illnesses and stroke, currently underway at CÚRAM.

The ‘Science on Screen’ scheme, a funding strand for creative documentaries set in the world of science, is now in its third year. The scheme will 100% fund one 26 minute film with a budget of €35,000 that promotes the public understanding of science. The scheme forms part of CÚRAM’s public engagement programme which supports the Science Foundation Ireland objective of having the most scientifically informed and engaged public.

The Science on Screen Information Day will take place on Friday 9th March for filmmakers and producers. A range of top researchers and clinicians will give an overview of their work, followed by a Q&A and opportunities to discuss ideas with the speakers.

The schedule for the day will include:

  • 10.45: Welcome by CÚRAM
  • 11.00: William Wijns – Professor in Interventional Cardiology
  • 11.15: Niamh Hynes – Vascular & Endovascular Surgical Registrar at the Galway Clinic
  • 11.30: Abhay Pandit – Scientific Director, CÚRAM, SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices
  • 11.45: Karen Doyle – Lecturer in Physiology and Principal Investigator at CÚRAM
  • 12.00: Martin O’Halloran – Senior Lecturer in Medical Electronics and Director of the Translational Medical Device Lab
  • 12.15: CROÍ – Fighting Heart Disease & Stroke
  • 12.30: Galway Film Centre – Application Guidelines for Science on Screen

Science on Screen is a Galway City of Film initiative between Galway Film Centre and CÚRAM. Since 2016, three Science on Screen films have been produced that have achieved success both nationally and internationally.

Trailers for previously funded commissions are available here:

Science on Screen 2016

‘Feats of Modest Valour': https://vimeo.com/184564095

‘Mending Legends': https://vimeo.com/189779551

Science on Screen 2017

‘Bittersweet': https://vimeo.com/242714712

For more information on Science on Screen see: www.galwayfilmcentre.ie and www.curamdevices.ie



CÚRAM, the Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway is part of the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre Network, and aims to radically improve the quality of life for patients with chronic Illness by developing the next generation of smart, implantable medical devices. Clinical targets include cardiovascular illnesses, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, musculoskeletal and respiratory illnesses as well as soft tissue and wound healing.  Read more at www.curamdevices.ie or follow us on twitter @curamdevices.


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