Prof. Fergal J. O’Brien, BA, BAI, PhD, FAS, CEng, FIEI, FEAMBES
Chair of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine, Deputy Director for Research & Innovation and heads the Tissue Engineering Research Group, the 2017 Irish Research Laboratory of the Year, in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
He is PI and Deputy Director in the €58 million SFI-funded Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre between RCSI, TCD and over 30 industry partners, and a funded investigator in the €50million CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices. He is currently a member of the World Council of Biomechanics and immediate-past President of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (2014-16) and has previously served as Biomaterials Topic Chair for the Orthopaedic Research Society, as an EU Council Member of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society and a member of Irish Medicines Board Advisory Committee on Medical Devices. He is a co-founder of SurgaColl Technologies, which has translated 2 technologies for bone and cartilage repair from his lab to the clinic. In addition, he is an editorial board member of 5 journals and Subject Editor (Tissue Engineering) for the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. He is also Co-chair of the World Congress of Biomechanics which is being held in Ireland in 2018. Since his faculty appointment, he has published almost 200 journal articles as well as numerous book chapters and editorials in peer-reviewed international journals and books, filed 13 patents/disclosures and supervised over 30 doctoral students to completion. He has presented over 100 invited talks and has a current h-index of 58 (Jan 2018). He is a recipient of two prestigious European Research Council Awards. Other accolades include a Fulbright Scholarship (2001), New Investigator Recognition Award by the Orthopaedic Research Society (2002), Science Foundation Ireland, President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (€1.1. million, 2004), Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year (2005), Anatomical Society New Fellow of the Year (2014), Silver Medal from the Bioengineering Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and Fellowship of Engineers Ireland (2013) and the European Alliance for Medical & Biological Engineering Science (2016).