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ARI Fellowship advances NUI Galway student’s research—and the AO’s mission

12 May 2019

ARI Fellow Kieran Joyce

AO Research Institute Davos
(ARI) Fellow Kieran Joyce is proof of how the AO Foundation and its network promote excellence in patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.

Joyce, a doctorate and medical doctor student at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), recently completed a four-week fellowship at ARI as part of his research into the glycomic profile of intervertebral disc (IVD) in health and degeneration for biomaterial functionalization.

Given ARI’s long collaboration with NUI Galway’s Prof Abhay Pandit, an established authority on biomaterials and one of Joyce’s mentors, the foundation for a successful fellowship was well established.

“When we met at the European Orthpaedic Research Society (EORS) Global Summit in September 2018, we had the idea: Why don’t we apply the same methods described in his paper to our preclinical IVD organ testing system at ARI to validate our organ cultures in comparison?” said ARI Principal Scientist Grad, who supervised Joyce’s ARI Fellowship with ARI’s Dr Zhen Li.

Joyce believes his ARI Fellowship will advance his research well into the future.

“In terms of expertise, ARI is one of the best institutes I’ve worked in, and ARI’s experts were always ready to answer questions,” he explained. “This fellowship offered me a basis to continue to develop and make a difference not in just one patient’s life, but in the lives of many patients,” he said.

A 2018 EORS Travel Award helped offset travel expenses related to the fellowship.

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