The objective for the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) is to radically improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative implantable medical devices. Devices will be developed with strong clinical collaborations, with industry partners and hospital groups, to enable rapid translation to the clinic.
CÚRAM will design and create implantable ‘smart’ medical devices. Implants will be designed and manufactured to respond to the body’s environment and to deliver therapeutic agents, such as drugs, exactly where needed. CÚRAM’s outputs will particularly benefit patients with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and musculoskeletal diseases. As the global population ages, with one in three people expected to be over 65 by 2050, the financial burden for healthcare is expected to rocket. CÚRAM will position Ireland as the driver in developing medical device technologies, which will provide affordable transformative solutions for chronic diseases to meet this challenge. CÚRAM will also sustain and strengthen Ireland’s standing as a major global hub for medical device sector research and development. CÚRAM will include almost 40 industry partners, including indigenous Irish companies and multinationals, and support product development and the creation of new spin-out companies.
- Combinational and advanced delivery devices
- Enhancement of current implants
- Analytical characterisation and design of devices
- Assessment of implants and devices
- Translation of selected CÚRAM technologies into clinical assessment
Research performed by:
- NUI Galway
- University College Cork
- Dublin City University
- Trinity College Dublin
- University of Limerick
- The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
- University College Dublin