January 2018 CÚRAM ILLUSTRATION MAKES COVER OF ADVANCED MATERIALS
Research at CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, based at NUI Galway, has been featured on the cover of the prestigious journal ‘Advanced Materials’.
The image, created by CÚRAM Graphic artist Maciek Doczyk was used by the journal which has an impact factor of 19.79. The cover of Advanced Materials is highly coveted, instantly recognisable and associated worldwide with the highest quality research from the top researchers in the field.
The cover image was published in association with a paper entitled “Engineering Customized Niches through Cell Encapsulation” written by Dr Dilip Thomas, Prof Abhay Pandit and Prof Tim O’Brien.
This paper reports on cell entrapment methodologies, using biomaterials that have been used in the field of tissue engineering, with both clinical and preclinical application to regenerate or restore tissue function and homeostasis. The need to understand cell- matrix interactions in a problem solving manner, moving forward from a device that simply protects the cell environment to a biomimetic, interactive tissue-like device that can provide cell-instructive cues is elucidated in this paper.
Prof Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM said ‘We are delighted to see our research being so prominently displayed, especially in such a prestigious journal and I’d like to congratulate Maciek Doczyk who does excellent work in illustrating the research so well.”
CÚRAM’s scientific research programme addresses key problems, technical challenges and the current limitations in medical device design and functionalisation, focusing on improving existent devices, developing convergent technologies into clinical solutions and establishing quality systems of standardisation.