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Smart Magnetic Solutions for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Final Report Summary - SMART MAG SOLUTIONS (Smart Magnetic Solutions for Minimally Invasive Surgery)

Scope
The purpose of this final report is to document the impact of the Marie Curie Reintegration Award entitled “Smart Mag Solutions” on the reintegration of Dr. Padraig Cantillon-Murphy in his current institution, University College Cork, Ireland. The report has two main sections corresponding to the impact of the Marie Curie award on the awardee’s (1) scholarly and research activity, and (2) teaching activity, as supported through the award. The summary of the funding support’s impact is included in the following section.

Summary of Reintegration
Through the support of the award, the awardee has now established a well-supported and sustainable research group within the School of Engineering at University College Cork. The Biomedical Design Research Group is an interdisciplinary research group which seeks to develop novel biomedical devices and systems for applications in surgery and endoscopy. The group now supports three graduate students and a number of inter-related taught masters students who contribute to the group’s research outputs. The group’s first PhD student graduated in 2014 (K O’Donoghue).
With the support of the award, the group has become established internationally as a leading centre in the development of novel user-centred solutions for surgery and endoscopy, as indicated in the PI’s invitation to assume a visiting appointment at Imperial College London and the group’s inclusion in an upcoming Marie Curie ITN proposal led by the University of Leeds.
In addition, the group’s work has led to over 20 peer-reviewed publications across both technical and clinical journals, conferences, and workshops. This includes an invited review of the role of magnets in gastrointestinal therapy for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (IF 4.9). The group’s published work cuts across the areas of medical device design and testing, medical imaging and endoscopic navigation. The group’s work has led to a number of pending European patent applications as well as published outputs. In addition, the group’s work has positively impacted the PI’s teaching activities and this is reflected by an upcoming publication in the International Journal of Engineering Education. The group is healthily supported by a combination of exchequer (Irish Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland) and European funding (Erasmus) which has been enabled by the launchpad of Marie Curie support. The PI is now permanently established at UCC School of Engineering and, as well as leading successful research activities, has assumed leadership positions within the university, including First Year Programme Director for Engineering at UCC.
In summary, the Smart Mag Solutions award has proven the key enabler to establishing the awardee has a researcher of high international calibre in an important research area for Europe.