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The Biomedical engineering division is a group for Engineers Ireland members working in the MedTech sector. It provides opportunities for networking and knowledge-sharing in this fascinating, diverse and life-changing division of engineering.

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Why we must invest and innovate to future-proof Ireland's medtech success

For a small country, Ireland punches well above its weight when it comes to the strength of its biomedical sector. It is one of Europe’s largest medtech hotspots and is home to 300+ such companies, employing in excess of 25,000 people. And yet, we cannot afford to sit back, pat ourselves on the back and rest easy in our complacency. Technology moves quickly in the biomedical field, with resulting life-changing developments regularly hitting the headlines. According to Jonathan Kidd, chair ...

Limpets: a natural example of impact fatigue in a laminated ceramic material

As an academic, most of my research is carried out by supervising PhD students and other researchers. Every now and then, however, I like to get back into the laboratory and do some experiments myself. Last summer, my ‘lab’ was the seashore near my home in Dún Laoghaire and my specimens were limpets. Walking on the beach at Sandycove with my four-year-old niece, collecting shells (as you do), I noticed that some of them had holes in them. And, in a very few cases, there was evidence of a ...

Irish-led researchers develop 'bioactive' coating for artificial joints

An unsuccessful joint replacement will cause pain, immobility and a progressively unstable hip or knee - for example - that needs repeat surgery. The EU-funded project BIOSTEM has developed a coating for artificial joints to improve the chances of stability and avoid these symptoms that threaten patient quality of life. The current treatment for osteoarthritis is to replace the affected joint with an implant. More than 270,000 knee and hip replacements are carried out annually in the UK ...

Engineers create scoliosis brace focusing on comfort, fit and design

Braces for people with scoliosis can be awkward, cumbersome and even painful. A good fit is crucial, especially since the brace is often worn day and night. Mechanical engineering students at the University of Rhode Island are collaborating with a local doctor and a Rhode Island company to create a brace that, well, fits like a glove -- and is just as comfortable. Gabriella Devine, Thomas Brey, Dan Cross and Christopher Viveiros are working on the project with a doctor from Rhode Island ...

Biomedical engineers harness stomach acid to power tiny sensors

Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, have designed and demonstrated a small voltaic cell that is sustained by the acidic fluids in the stomach. The system can generate enough power to run small sensors or drug delivery devices that can reside in the gastrointestinal tract for extended periods of time. This type of power could offer a safer and lower-cost alternative to the traditional batteries now used to ...

Matters of the heart: Researchers create 3D beating heart

Matters of the heart can be complicated, but York University scientists have found a way to create 3D heart tissue that beats in synchronised harmony, like a heart in love, that will lead to better understanding of cardiac health and improved treatments. York University chemistry Professor Muhammad Yousaf and his team of grad students have devised a way to stick three different types of cardiac cells together, like velcro, to make heart tissue that beats as one. Until now, most 2D ...
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