Bioengineering Section Conference, 26th & 27th Jan 2018

26/01/2018 in Johnstown House Estate, Enfield, Co. Meath

Dear All, 

It is a great honour and privilege to announce the 2018 recipient of the RAMI Bioengineering Section Silver medal & Distinguished Samuel Haughton Lecture – Professor Fergal O’Brien from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. 

Fergal O’Brien is the Professor of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine, Deputy Director for Research & Innovation, and Head of the Tissue Engineering Research Group based at RCSI.  He is a previous President of RAMI Bioengineering Section, as well as Deputy Director of AMBER Research Centre and a leading member of Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, as well as delivering many additional roles. Fergal is a is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin (1997) and was awarded his PhD in 2001 in the area of bone mechanobiology, carried out between RCSI (with Prof. Clive Lee) and TCD (with Prof. David Taylor).  He subsequently carried out postdoctoral research in orthopaedic tissue engineering as a Fulbright Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. In 2003, he returned to Ireland as a Lecturer in Anatomy in RCSI, soon after winning a Science Foundation Ireland President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (€1.1 million), which allowed him to establish the RCSI-based Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG).  This quickly became one of Ireland’s leading research clusters and in 2017 won Research Laboratory of the Year at the Irish Lab Awards ceremony. In addition to his own well recognised success as an independent researcher, he also provides much thoughtful mentorship to students, post-docs and fellows, as well as being an outstanding academic colleague. 

A full biography and research for Professor O’Brien can be found at

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Silver Medal is presented to a distinguished engineer or clinician who has made a significant contribution to the field of bioengineering through academic endeavour and research. Each recipient delivers the distinguished Samuel Haughton Honorary Lecture at the annual Bioengineering in Ireland conference. The 2018 meeting will be hosted by Dublin City University on the 26th & 27th Jan 2018 at the Johnstown House Estate.

The keynote speaker Professor Eleanor Stride is a Professor of Engineering Science specialising in the fabrication of nano and microscale devices for targeted drug delivery at the University of Oxford.

Registration can be made via the  website by clicking on the ‘Register’ link. Late Registration is open until the 12th Jan 2018.

Full details at

Please note the meeting starts on the 26th January at 1.00 pm and finishes on the 27th Jan at 6.00 pm.

Yours Sincerely,

Professor Cathal Moran 

Professor of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

President of RAMI Bioengineering Section