NUI Galway researcher receives prestigious Royal Society award

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A Biomedical Engineer at NUI Galway has been chosen as one of four researchers in the Republic of Ireland to receive a prestigious Royal Society-SFI University Research Fellowship today.

Dr Eimear Dolan received one of the Royal Society’s 43 new University Research Fellowships for 2019.

The researchers will take up their new posts at 24 institutions across Ireland and Britain at the start of October.

Dr Dolan was appointed a University Research Fellow and awarded over €732,000 for her research project – A Soft Robotics Approach to Reduce the Foreign Body Response to Medical Implants.

She has developed a proof-of-concept soft robotic implant, which she plans on adapting as a treatment for Type 1 Diabetes.

Dr Dolan plans on establishing relationships with other research institutes to become the global leader in innovative medical devices.

During her Fellowship she will be based at NUI Galway and will also spend some time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Speaking about her Research Fellowship award, Dr Eimear Dolan, College of Science and Engineering, NUI Galway, said: “I am delighted to be awarded a Royal Society-SFI University Research Fellowship.

“It is a great honour to be an awardee of such a prestigious Fellowship. The award will provide me with time and funding to establish my independent research group and achieve my research goals.

“I am at a very exciting stage in my career and I look forward to working with the Royal Society, SFI and NUI Galway.”

Welcoming the announcement, Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for the Royal Society in SFI, said: “The Royal Society-SFI University Research Fellowships Scheme, which contributes to Ireland’s international reputation for research excellence, recognises those with the potential to become Ireland’s future research leaders.

“I am delighted to congratulate the four researchers who have been granted these prestigious awards and wish them every success for the future.

“We are delighted to work together with our UK partners, the Royal Society, to ensure that young researchers have access to stellar opportunities such as these which will launch their research careers.”