Science Week at Ballinasloe Europe Direct Centre

Event Information

Date: 11 Nov 2015
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Europe Direct Centre: Ballinasloe Library
Location: Church Gallery

Event Description

EU Funded Researcher Dr. Declan Devine of Athlone Institute of Technology will speak about his career and educational background in the New Ballinasloe Library on Wednesday November 11th at 11:15am.

Dr. Devine, a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow, up until recently based in the Mayo clinic in Minnesota has developed what’s known as cell-free scaffold treatment for use as bone graft substitute – which is coming close to creating a natural replacement for soft human bone, and a possible cure for osteoporosis.

A graduate of Polymer Engineering from the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Declan explains “Bone is a remarkable tissue which is one of the only tissues in the body that can repair following injury without the formation of scar tissue. However in some cases bone cannot heal itself either due to excessive bone loss or infections. In severe cases this can lead to limb amputation. The most common treatment for these types of ailments are bone grafting procedures either from the patient’s own non-essential bone, or from a cadaver. However both methods have disadvantages, but there are still an estimated 2.2 million bone grafts annually and bone is second only to blood in terms of volume of tissue transplanted.”