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2017

June 2017

Recent Journal Publication
Professor Nicholas Dunne and collaborators from Queen’s University Belfast and publish a review paper in Molecular Therapy – Nucleic acid “microRNA as therapeutic targets for chronic wound healing”.
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World Congress of Biomechanics 2018
Professor Nicholas Dunne and Dr. Tanya Levingstone are delighted to announce that they will be chairing a session at the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics (http://wcb2018.com/), which will be entitled “Multiscale Biomechanics of Scaffolds”. The session will be listed as part of the Tissue Engineering Track, which is being led by Professor Carlijn VC Bouten, Professor of Cell-Matrix Interaction, from the Soft Tissue Engineering & Mechanobiology group at Eindhoven University.
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May 2017


Welcome International Interns
MEDeng would like to welcome two new international interns from the US - Philip Petrasko and Maryam Athar Khan.

Philip is currently in the second year of a Science-Business B.S. at Notre Dame University and was a recent recipient of a prestigious Naughton Scholarship (www.thenaughtonfoundation.com/scholarships). The focus of Philip’s internship is on the synthesis of ion-substitute ceramic based biomaterials and his supervisors are Professor Nicholas Dunne and Dr. Tanya Levingstone.

Maryam is currently studying Bioengineering at P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science in Lehigh University (Pennsylvania) and her internship is being funded through the Iacocca International Internship Program. During her time at DCU, Maryam will be designing and characterising stimuli-responsive polymer systems for bone tissue engineering applications and his supervisors are Professor Nicholas Dunne and Dr. Tanya Levingstone.

Recent Journal Publication
Professor Nicholas Dunne and collaborators from Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland publish a paper in Acta Biomaterialia “Mesenchymal stem cell fate following non-viral gene transfection strongly depends on the choice of delivery vector”.
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April 2017

Tell it Straight 2017 Competition
Congratulations to Simona Herbaj on winning the Tell it Straight competition, which took place on the 19th April in the Helix. Simona beat stiff competition to win category one, which was for first year PhD students. The title of her presentation was 'Sticks and stones may break your bones, but here’s an ingeneous way to fix them.'

Tell it Straight is DCU's annual communication competition specifically designed to encourage postgraduate research students to communicate their research and its potential impact to a non-specialist audience in a concise, dynamic and innovative way, utilising current technology.

Recent Journal Publication
Professor Nicholas Dunne and collaborators from Queen’s University Belfast and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland publish a feature article in Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine “DNA vaccination for cervical cancer; A novel technology platform of RALA mediated gene delivery via polymeric microneedle”.
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March 2017

Recent Journal Publications
Professor Nicholas Dunne published a number of great research papers this month with and collaborators from various university in Ireland, UK, Spain and the US. Specific details are below:

Molecular Therapy – Nucleic Acids “Systemic RALA/iNOS nanoparticles: A potent gene therapy for metastatic breast cancer coupled as a biomarker of treatment”.
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Tissue Engineering Part A “Hierarchically structured electrospun scaffolds with chemically conjugated growth factor for ligament tissue engineering”.
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Materials Science & Engineering C – “Graphene oxide versus graphene for optimisation of PMMA bone cement for orthopaedic applications”.
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February 2017

Recent Journal Publication
Renata Nunes Oliveira, Garrett McGuinness and collaborators publish a paper on absorbent hydrogels in Polymer Engineering and Science "Absorbent polyvinyl alcohol–sodium carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogels for propolis delivery in wound healing applications"
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January 2017

Recent Journal Publications
Professor Nicholas Dunne and collaborators from Queen’s University Belfast, RMS Foundation and Université Valencienne publish a paper in Advanced Healthcare Materials “Surrogate outcome measures of in vitro osteoclast resorption of β-tricalcium phosphate”.
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Professor Nicholas Dunne and collaborators from Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, Colorado State University and Case Western Reserve University in Journal of Materials Chemistry B “RALA complexed α-TCP nanoparticle delivery to mesenchymal stem cells induces bone formation in tissue engineered constructs in vitro and in vivo”.
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Bioengineering in Ireland24
At the recent BinI23 conference in Belfast, it was announced that MEDeng and Dublin City University will host Bioengineering in Ireland 2018. The conference is one of Ireland's longest-running and most active research conferences at the interface of engineering and health science. Regarding the news, Professor Dunne said “it is a great honour and privilege for MEDeng and DCU for the first time and we look forward to showcasing the high quality and excellent basic and applied research being conducted in Ireland”.

RSC Biomaterials
Invited talk by Garrett McGuinness at RSC Biomaterials Special Interest Group Conference.
McGuinness, G.B., O’Connor, R.A., Electrospinning of yarns for tissue engineering: system design issues and performance characteristics, RSC Biomaterials Special Interest Group Conference, Newtonabbey, Northern Ireland, January 11th and 12th 2017.

2016

October 2016


Recent Journal Publication
Richard O' Connor and Garrett McGuinness publish a review paper in Proceedings of the I Mech E Part H " Electrospun nanofibre bundles and yarns for tissue engineering applications: A review"
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September 2016

The MEDeng Centre would like to welcome Sonia Herbaj to the DCU. Sonia will be working on the design and development of an injectable biomaterial system for the repair and replacement of damaged or diseased hard bone tissue. This research will be undertaken as part of a four-year Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholarship, which is funded by the Irish Research Council. Supervision on the research project will be provided by Professor Nicholas Dunne and Dr. Tanya Levingstone.

June 2016

Northern Ireland Biomedical Engineering Symposium 2016
Congratulations to Monika Ziminska (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, QUB) and Eoghan Mullholland (School of Pharmacy, QUB) on winning the best overall paper and best young research awards at the recent Northern Ireland. Both students are co-supervised by Professor Nicholas Dunne of MEDeng.

May 2016

World Biomaterials Congress in Canada
Professor Nicholas Dunne was involved in four oral podium presentations and two posters through his collaboration with Queen’s University of Belfast. The oral podium presentations were presented by Philip Chambers (Biomaterials for therapeutic delivery), Marine Chalanqui (Biomaterials in gene therapy), Monika Ziminska (Layer-by-layer deposition and self-assembly) and Dr. Susan Clarke (Ceramics).

Professor Dunne was also at WBC 2016 as part of the executive committee of World Biomaterials Congress 2020 (http://www.wbc2020.org/), which will take place in Glasgow.

Recent Journal Publication
Well done to Professor Nicholas Dunne on his journal publication on the topic of three-dimensional printed porous structures that was recently published in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials in collaboration with Queen’s University of Belfast and University of Warwick.
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April 2016

New Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering joins MEDeng
We would like to welcome Professor Nicholas Dunne to Dublin City University and MEDeng as the Chair of School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He will also be the MEDeng Director and School Research Convener.

Professor Dunne’s research programme lies at the interface of materials science, engineering and biology. His focus is on developing stratified approaches for the design, manufacture and characterisation of drug-biomaterial combination medical devices for musculoskeletal bone repair and regeneration.

Prior to this appointment, Professor Dunne was the Professor of Biomaterials Engineering at Queen’s University of Belfast. He has also held Joint-Directorship positions of the Advanced Materials and Processes Research Cluster and the Polymer Processing Research Centre at Queen’s University of Belfast.

Recent Journal Publication
Congratulations to Professor Nicholas Dunne on his recent journal publication relating to the extrusion of calcium phosphate cements in the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine in collaboration with Queen’s University of Belfast, University of Cambridge and Technical University of Catalonia.
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March 2016

Recent Journal Publication
Find out more about a recent review paper publication of Professor Nicholas Dunne’s on the topic of MiRNA 34a as a potential therapeutic target for castration-resistant prostate cancer. This paper was published in Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets in collaboration with Dr. Helen McCarthy from the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University of Belfast.
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Jan 2016
New Academic Lecturer joins MEDeng
MEDeng would like to welcome Dr. Owen Clarkin to the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Dr. Clarkin’s research background has focused on orthopaedic and dental biomaterials. However, recently his research focus has moved into hydrogel based composite materials for the treatment of vascular diseases, including cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and dural fistulae.

Dr. Clarkin will also take on the role of Program Chair for the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate degree programme.