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Welcome to the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE) website. Established in 2002, the Centre brings together Principal Investigators, research fellows, postgraduate students and undergraduate students from the School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Science and the School of Natural Sciences in Trinity College Dublin, as well as colleagues from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Dublin and Dublin City University. The aim of the Centre is to promote and facilitate research and education in Bioengineering and related disciplines, and to ensure this research finds its way into the clinic in order to improve patient care. In 2011, a number of our Principal Investigators moved their labs to the new Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI), which not only provides world class research facilities, but also strengthens links with our colleagues in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, the School of Chemistry, the School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The TBSI is now also the administrative base for the Centre.

The TCBE currently consists of 19 Principal Investigators who closely work with clinicians and industry to engineer solutions to key healthcare challenges. Our Investigators have received funding from numerous national and international funding agencies including EU-FP7, the European Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Atlantic Philanthropies as well as from Industry. The research themes of the Centre are Cardiovascular, Neural, Musculoskeletal, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering/Regenerative Medicine. Details on the publications of our Investigators are available in our people section.

Students interested in studying Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering might be interested in the new undergraduate specialisation in Biomedical Engineering. Students who wish to study Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin apply to the Bachelor in Engineering degree (TR032). The first two years are common to all Engineering students and at the end of the second year students select Biomedical Engineering as their specialist area. In addition, we offer an MSc in Bioengineering, which aims to provide engineers and scientists with the education and creative skills needed to practice in the medical devices industry in Ireland and focus on important clinical needs. There are also opportunities to join us as a PhD or Postdoctoral Researcher. Further details of current positions in the TCBE are available here.

I am pleased to introduce our International Scientific Advisory Board. The Board members bring their highly valued range of skills, experiences and sector knowledge to assist and shape the development and strategy of the Centre and includes Prof J Planell, IBEC, Spain; Professor Christopher L. ‘Kit’ Vaughan, Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Prof. Dr. C. James Kirkpatrick, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany and Prof. Bernard Conway, University of Strathclyde, UK.

Our website gives an overview of the broad scope of the Centre's activities, from Education to Research Innovation, highlighting our research on key health issues in our rapidly changing society. If you would like to find out more about any of the information on our website please email tcbe@tcd.ie