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CÚRAM Grads win European Doctorate Award for third year in a row

Two CÚRAM Ph.D. Graduates have won a European doctorate award for their research in NUI Galway.

The award, the 2018 Julia Polak European Doctorate Award is part of the 29th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Biomaterials in Maastricht, the Netherlands in September. The two winners are the fifth and sixth CÚRAM graduates to receive the award.

The two graduates, Dr. Dilip Thomas and Dr. Isma Liza Mohd Isa were both presented with the award for their high standard of research and for their contributions to the field of science, most specifically biomaterials and tissue engineering.

CÚRAM, the Centre of Research in Medical Devices is led by NUI Galway but works in conjunction with UCD, UCC, TCD, UL, and RCSI.

Dr. Mohd Isa’s research looked at developing a new gel for lower back pain, which is the second leading cause of disability across the world. “I’m delighted to receive this award from the society. Our hope is that the success of this research could have an impact on the spinal research community and lead to potential treatment for people suffering degenerated discs and chronic back pain,” said Dr. Mohd Isa.

Dr. Thomas, who also received the award focused his research on the development of a medical device used to treat Critical Limb Ischemia. Critical Limb Ischemia is a debilitating disease that affects the arteries and causes them to harden and narrow.


Dr. Dilip Thomas, CÚRAM, NUI Galway. Photo credit: NUI Galway


Speaking on his award, Dr. Thomas said: “It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the European Society of Biomaterials and it is a testament to the excellent training I received from my advisors, Professor Abhay Pandit and Professor Timothy O’Brien, and my colleagues at NUI Galway.”


Photo: Dr. Isma Liza Mohd Isa, CÚRAM, NUI Galway. Photo credit: NUI Galway