School of Engineering researcher wins Engineers Ireland Biomedical Medal
7th February, 2018
Robert Gaul, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Professor Caitríona Lally in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, is the 2018 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.
Gaul’s winning presentation entitled “Strain Mediated Arterial Degradation is Critically Influenced by Matrix Content and Collagen Crimp” provides key insights into how arterial tissue degrades when loaded. The fundamental insights gained form the research have applications in the development of next generation medical devices and in enabling earlier diagnosis of arterial diseases.
The research was performed with the support of Trinity postdoctoral researcher, Dr. David Nolan, and in collaboration with Professor Carlijn Bouten and Dr Sandra Loerakker from the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. The research is funded by the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and the European Research Council.