NUIG researcher takes inaugural IRC researcher of the year award

IRC researcher of the year
Pictured: Mary Doyle, Dept of Education & Skills; Dr Martin O’Halloran, NUI Galway; and Mr Peter Brown, Irish Research Council

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11 December 2017 | 0

Dr Martin O’Halloran from NUI Galway has been announced winner of the inaugural Irish Research Council researcher of the year award for his outstanding research in medical electronics.

Dr O’Halloran is a Techrete Senior Lecturer in Medical Electronics at NUI Galway’s College of Engineering and Informatics and College of Medicine, and a founder-director of the Lambe Translational Medical Device Lab at Galway University Hospital.

The awards were presented as the council marks 15 years of the Irish Research Council and its forebears, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences, and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology.

“This award is a reflection of the quality and ambition of the broader research team in the Translational Medical Device Lab at NUI Galway, and validates the close collaboration between the Colleges of Engineering & Informatics and Medicine Nursing & Health Sciences,” said Dr O’Halloran.

“By embedding our engineering lab within the hospital, we get a greater understanding of the real clinical need, and can shorten the time required to translate technology out of the lab and into the patient clinic.”

The Lambe Translational Medical Device Lab now hosts 24 world class researchers from Europe, the US and Asia, including engineers, physicists, veterinary surgeons and doctors. The team are developing medical devices to address problems ranging from new ways to reliably detect fetal distress during delivery, to novel treatments for lung cancer.

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