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GMIT GMedTech Centre shortlisted for top industry award

GMedTech is one of five HE institutions selected for the accolade which recognises best practice

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The GMIT biomedical research centre, GMedTech, has been shortlisted for this year’s Medical Technology (Academic) Excellence Awards, one of five Higher Education institutions selected for the accolade which recognises and rewards best practice in the sector in Ireland.

GMedTech was established in 2006 within the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department of GMIT. The centre has a multi-disciplinary team of researchers working together to provide clinically inspired solutions to clinicians and the MedTech Sector.

Over the past number of years, researchers in the centre have developed models replicating parts of the human anatomy, based on medical images, which simulate physiological blood flows. GMedTech’s models have been used to develop technologies and medical devices to improve and save lives of those with cardiovascular diseases.  These simulations have the capability of assessing different disease conditions and the performance of various types of medical devices and surgical procedures for academic, clinical and industrial proposes.

Centre Director, Dr Patrick Delassus, GMIT says GMedTech is delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award: “GMedTech has become a key player both nationally and internationally in providing state of the art pre-clinical in vitro expertise to the medical device industry. A primary example is the Enterprise Ireland innovation partnership the centre’s researchers carried out with Galway-based biomedical company Neuravi.

“This enabled Neuravi to select a challenging anatomy which was then translated into a patient specific cerebral test facility. Neuravi’s engagement with our research work has helped bridge the gap between bench-top testing and the clinical environment, through the provision of anatomical vascular data and physical in vitro test models.”

GMedTech has a client base of over 30 companies and is actively engaged with a number of industry-led projects funded directly or through the Enterprise Ireland innovation partnership.

The centre provides biomedical engineering services (including a C-arm fluoroscope and ultrasound medical unit) and expertise in medical image analysis, design and fabrication of customised clinically relevant 3D physical anatomical models.

As a finalist in MedTech Annual Awards 2013 in the Academic category, the purpose of this award is to demonstrate the opportunity for industry academic collaboration across all aspects of product innovation. Its aim is to act as a catalyst in initiating more partnerships between industry and academic institutes.

 

The GMedTech team, L to R: Dr Liam Morris, Dr Eugene McCarthy, Dr Paul Fahy, Dr Patrick Delassus, Director of GMedTech, Florian Stefanov, PhD student, Fiona Malone, PhD student, Petre Stefanov, PhD student and Helen O’Grady.

The GMedTech team, L to R: Dr Liam Morris, Dr Eugene McCarthy, Ala Elhelali, PhD student, Dr Paul Fahy, Dr Patrick Delassus, Director of GMedTech, Florian Stefanov, PhD student, Fiona Malone, PhD student, Petre Stefanov, PhD student and Ala Elhelali, PhD student and Helen O’Grady.

The GMedTech team, L to R: Dr Liam Morris, Dr Eugene McCarthy, Dr Paul Fahy, Dr Patrick Delassus, Director of GMedTech, Florian Stefanov, PhD student, Fiona Malone, PhD student, Petre Stefanov, PhD student and Helen O’Grady.Dr Paul Fahy, GMedTech, with one of the models produced by researchers in the centre (vasculature of the brain)Dr Liam Morris, Principal Investigator, GMIT GMedTech, and PhD student Florian Stefanov, with one of the test models produced by researchers in the centre.PhD researchers in the GMIT GMedTech Centre working on 3D imaging of the heartGMIT researcher at work in the GMedTech lab.GMIT researcher at work in the GMedTech lab.