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Professor Abhay Pandit

Director of CÚRAM, SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices

Learn about the research and medical innovations tackling rising chronic illnesses in Ireland, for a healthier ageing population.

In Ireland, life expectancy continues its upward trajectory, largely due to medical advancements. However, this positive trend is accompanied by challenges, notably an increasing number of people living with chronic illnesses. Addressing this can secure a high quality of life for the ageing population.

Patient-centric medical innovations

CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices, plays a pivotal role in tackling these challenges. Central to our approach is understanding the patient experience. By involving patients in research from the outset, we ensure efforts are tailored to meet real healthcare needs.

Our work spans wide-ranging medical innovations, from developing hydrogels to heal the heart after a heart attack to designing patient-friendly medication delivery systems for diabetes management, encompassing translational and basic research. Our research also delves into understanding the mechanisms behind diseases like Parkinson’s, aiming to develop more effective treatments.

Our 10-year journey is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in driving positive change in healthcare.

Collaboration transforming healthcare

Over the past decade, our collaborations with over 45 industry partners have facilitated the translation of medical devices from research to clinical implementation. With dedicated funding of nearly €270 million, we have brought together specialised researchers, industry partners, clinicians and patients to develop solutions for chronic diseases, including chronic respiratory ailments, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative and musculoskeletal conditions.

Our 10-year journey is a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in driving positive change in healthcare. Our commitment to excellence continues as we look ahead to even greater advancements in the next decade.

Economic impact of research

Beyond technological advancements, CÚRAM has had a significant economic impact, creating high-quality jobs and fostering innovation in Ireland. Our commitment to driving economic growth is reflected by securing EU funding and directing millions to Irish industry partners.

Empowering future healthcare innovators

Moreover, we are working to train the next generation of researchers and professionals in medical device development. Since 2015, we have nurtured nearly 1,000 researchers, ensuring a sustainable talent pipeline.

Ultimately, our patient-centric approach and groundbreaking research are transforming healthcare delivery, both in Ireland and globally. By prioritising patient needs and fostering collaboration, CÚRAM is paving the way for a healthier future.

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