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NUI Galway Spearheads Cardiology Project
Jan 09 2017 Comments 0
Cardiology expert Professor William Wijns, who joined NUI Galway as Professor of Medical Devices, is leading a €5 million research project, to develop wearable sensors that will alert patients at high risk of heart attacks to triggers such as stress or high blood pressure
“The medical technology sector in Ireland is recognised as one of five global emerging hubs,” explains Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice-President for Research at NUI Galway. “Eight of the world’s top ten med-tech companies are based here, and the West of Ireland in particular is at the heart of the Irish med-tech system. NUI Galway is the powerhouse for much of this progress and we have developed a range of interdisciplinary research centres and initiatives, working closely with partners in industry, healthcare and government agencies. We welcome Professor Wijns with great anticipation of the opportunities his transformative approach brings to the translation of research into practice to ultimately deliver better health outcomes for patients.”
Professor Wijns joins the University through the Science Foundation Ireland Research Professorship Programme, which recruits world-leading research and leadership talent to Ireland. In recent years he has held board memberships in the European Society of Cardiology and the World Heart Federation. He is currently Chairman of PCR, co-Director of Africa PCR and EuroPCR, the official congress of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions.
Professor Wijns previously worked at the Thorax Center in Rotterdam, where he was actively involved with the first applications of nuclear cardiology, thrombolysis and coronary dilatation, and the University of Louvain in Brussels, where he was Clinical Professor of Cardiology.
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