NUIG Biomedical Engineer named as ‘visionary’ in list of Innovators Under 35

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Dr. Eimear Dolan of NUI Galway. Photograph by Aengus McMahon
A Biomedical Engineer at NUI Galway has been named as one of ten global visionaries in MIT Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35.

Dr Eimear Dolan, from Garrymore, Co. Mayo, developed a soft robotic device to improve the long-term performance of implanted medical devices

Dr Dolan and her colleagues’ innovation helps the body counteract the ‘foreign body response’ – which happens when the body makes protective tissue to defend against implanted objects.

This response is one of the main reasons why medical implants fail.

Reacting to the prestigious honour, Dr Eimear Dolan said that it is ‘a real honour’ to be listed as a visionary on MIT Technology Review’s Innovators under 35 list.

“It is very exciting to receive this acknowledgement which highlights our work nationally and internationally.

“I have been very fortunate to have excellent mentors, colleagues and collaborators throughout my career so far and am delighted to be part of the innovative and vibrant community at NUI Galway,” said Dr Dolan.

NUI Galway’s Dean of Science and Engineering Professor Walter Gear said that this acknowledgement of Eimear’s work is a fitting testament to her innovation and drive, and highlights the culture of excellence in NUI Galway and our region’s MedTech hub.

“By joining such notable figures as the co-founders of Google with this recognition, Dr Dolan is firmly on the map as an innovator who will make a global impact.  We are pleased and proud to welcome such a world-class innovator back to her alma mater,” he said.

Gideon Lichfield, editor in chief of MIT Technology Review, said: “MIT Technology Review’s annual Innovators Under 35 list is a chance for us to honor the outstanding people behind the breakthrough technologies of the year that have the potential to disrupt our lives.

“These profiles offer a glimpse into what the face of technology looks like today as well as in the future.”