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PubhD Galway #5: Blood Clots, Autism, and Biomechanics

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


PubhD is an informal event where researchers in Galway talk about their work to non-experts including members of the public! Each talk is 10 minutes long with about 20 minutes for questions and answers. It is a great informal way of hearing about the research that is happening in Galway!

PubhD Galway is back with our first event of 2019! We will have our first event on the 26th of February in Massimo’s Galway at 7 pm. We have three excellent talks lined up on blood clot movement through the body, helping people with Autism getting better access to GP healthcare and a talk on Biomechanics “On the Bounciness of Squishy Stuff”! We’ve got an excellent line up of speakers talking about this work.

Fiona will be talking about blood clots! She is currently working as part of the Medical and Engineering Technologies Gateway at GMIT as a medical device R&D research fellow. Her PhD investigated the trajectory paths of blood clot analogues through ischaemic stroke patient vasculature. The data accumulated from this research will go on to support a prediction algorithm for stroke propensity in patients. Fiona was the 2015 National Winner of Thesis in 3, a competition for Irish STEM research students to showcase their research in just 3 minutes using only 3 slides. She has also represented GMIT at other various science communication events such as ResearchFest, Soapbox Science and Bright Club and regularly features in research-based blogs and podcasts.

Chloe will be talking about her work on getting better access to healthcare for people with autism. She is in the second year of her PhD in the Department of General Practice at NUIG. She has a BA in Psychology, and an MSc in Health Psychology, both from NUIG. After her masters, she started working as a research assistant in the Department of General Practice where she was involved in a number of projects which had a common focus on patient safety. She is now still a member of the Irish Centre for Patient Safety and Simulation (ICAPPS) research team in UHG/NUIG. Her PhD research is focused on building inclusive healthcare for people with autism.

Kevin will be giving a talk on Biomechanics “On the Bounciness of Squishy Stuff” where he will be talking about his own work and weird experiments in the field that better allow us to understand the human body. He is Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering at NUIG. His research is focussed on creating computational tools for medical device design optimization. He recently moved to Ireland after having spent the last 3 years working as a postdoc and research scientist at MIT. At the MIT Media Lab’s “Center for Extreme Bionics,” his research was focussed on creating algorithms to automate the design of advanced 3D printable prosthetic devices for lower limb amputees. Kevin is originally from the Netherlands where he obtained a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, before completing an MSc and PhD in Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin on the topic of soft tissue biomechanics.

Interested in speaking at PubhD Galway contact them at galway@pubhd.ie or fill in this form.


February 26
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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PubhD Galway


Massimo’s Bar
10 William St W
Galway, H91 C2X3 Ireland
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