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School of Engineering researcher wins the 2019 Engineers Ireland Biomedical Medal

28 January 2019


(From L-R) Dr. Ciara Murphy (RCSI, Competition chair), Mr. Kian Eichholz, Prof. David Hoey (TCD), Mr. Pat Cotter (DePuy Synthes, Sponsor)

Kian Eichholz, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Prof. David Hoey in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, is the 2019 winner of the Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal.

This prestigious award and a €1,000 honorarium is sponsored by DePuy Synthes and is adjudicated, based on a research paper and presentation, by an expert panel drawn from academia and industry. It is awarded annually to the best PhD-level biomedical engineering researcher in Ireland at the Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

Eichholz winning presentation entitled “Mimicking Cellular and ECM Mechanobiological Cues to Drive MSC Osteogenesis and Bone Regeneration” provides key insights into how physical loading or exercise can promote bone formation, which in combination with advanced material fabrication, could be used to develop novel treatments for osteoporosis and large bone defects.

The research was performed with the support of the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and the European Research Council.

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