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The you, the old, the brave and the bold!

Inaugural professional lecture by Prof Brian Devitt - The young, the old, the brave and the bold! : Redefining the management of lower limb sporting injuries

We are pleased to announce the inaugural professorial lecture by Prof Brian Devitt,
being organised by the School of Health and Human Performance, DCU.
Prof. Devitt is the Chair of Orthopaedics and Surgical Biomechanics at Dublin
City University, a position created in partnership with the Sport Surgery Clinic,
Santry. He is based within the School of Health and Human Performance, School of
Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, and Insight SFI Research Centre for Data


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Date: Thursday 23rd February (6 - 8pm)
Venue: HG22, Nursing Building, Glasnevin Campus, Dublin City University, Collins Avenue (DCU)

Below is an abstract and a brief biography of Prof Devitt. 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Professor Kieran Moran, PhD    01 700 8011

The landscape of sports medicine has changed indistinguishably over the past half-century. As sports
science and medicine have advanced, our athletes, of all ages, are demanding more from themselves
in their goal to be fitter, faster and stronger. The consequence of this is not only an increased rate of
acute injuries but also an alarming upsurge in cases of premature osteoarthritis, mainly affecting the
lower limb. Nowadays, our patient population has more information than ever before but are also

under greater influence from marketing. As such, their expectations in terms of performance and
recovery from surgical intervention often exceed what is clinically possible. As surgeons, managing
these patients and their injuries can be challenging. In this talk, I discuss what I have learned by
combining historical surgical techniques with modern research principles to treat an ever-changing
athletic population.

Professor Brian Devitt is an internationally trained orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty expertise
in knee surgery. He has a particular interest in sporting injuries including anterior cruciate ligament
(ACL) reconstruction, meniscal repair, cartilage restoration procedures, multi-ligamentous knee
reconstruction and hamstring repair. In addition, he cares for patients with degenerative conditions,
such as knee arthritis.

Brian completed his medical school training at University College Dublin, Ireland, and carried out his
specialist training in Trauma & Orthopaedics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He also
achieved a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Brian chose to pursue a career in academic
orthopaedic sports surgery, and carried out three years of fellowship training. The first year was a
research fellowship at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. He then carried out a clinical
fellowship at the University of Toronto in sports surgery. Finally, he completed two clinical
fellowships in Melbourne; the first was a knee reconstruction fellowship at OrthoSport Victoria
(OSV) and the second a fellowship at Hip Arthroscopy Australia. Following his fellowship, Brian
worked as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at OSV and Epworth Healthcare. He now works in
clinical practice at the Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin.

Brian has a keen interest in research and is Full Professor and Chair of
Orthopaedics and Surgical Biomechanics at Dublin City University, within the School
of Health and Human Performance, School of Mechanical Manufacturing
Engineering, and Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics. He has previously
held the position of Director of Research & Education at OrthoSport Victoria in
Melbourne. Brian has extensive research experience with a specific focus on clinical
outcomes studies and biomechanical studies. His areas of interest are: ACL
reconstruction, lateral extra-articular reconstruction, multi-ligament knee
reconstruction, and hamstring repair. He has published extensively in all of these
areas and speaks frequently at national and international meetings.