Double award for Clon PhD student

Lisa Helen

Posted on: 7th July, 2014

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Contributor: West Cork People

Tyndall PhD candidate and Clonakilty native, Lisa Helen, has been celebrated with two prestigious awards for her research on tissue bioimpedance using a macro-needle. Her final year CIT-UCC research project in Biomedical Sciences, completed in the Tyndall National Institute, has proved the feasibility of an improved method for potentially administering anesthesia.

As the top marked student from her final year project in CIT-UCC, Lisa was nominated to compete in the President’s Prize competition at the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science annual conference, Biomedica 2014, in the RDS Dublin. Lisa presented her talk entitled, ‘Investigation of Tissue Bioimpedance using a Macro-needle for Biomedical Applications’. Competing against the best of her peers from around the country, Lisa’s project was awarded second place and was highly commended for its innovative and original approach.

This prestigious prize was closely followed by the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration’s announcement that Lisa had won their ‘Best Poster Award 2014’ for ‘Development of a ‘smart’ needle integrated with an impedance sensor to determine nerve proximity for nerve blocking (anaesthetic) procedures’. Her star looks set to rise, as she is invited to speak at the Smart Systems Integration Conference in March, 2015.

Lisa’s project addresses an unmet need for an innovative type of anaesthesia, ultrasound guided nerve block, which is currently replacing conventional general anaesthesia worldwide for a broad range of surgical procedures. Working closely with clinicians at the ASSERT for Health research group (UCC and CUH), current technical limitations with ultrasound guided nerve block anaesthesia were identified. The research will allow for the integration of an impedance sensor to a hypodermic needle tip. The sensorised needle can differentiate between tissue types, confirming real-time needle tip location and enabling clinicians to eliminate the risk of injecting anesthetic in nerve bundles. This solution addresses the clinicians need, and makes the process of ultrasound guided nerve block anaesthesia administration more accurate, efficient and lessens procedural risks for the patient.

“Having a collaborator of the caliber of Lisa working on the smart needle project has added serious impetus to the overall project,” says Dr Brian O’Donnell, Consultant Anaesthetist at Cork University Hospital and specialist in ultrasonography in regional anaesthesia.

The project, which was initially supported by Science Foundation Ireland’s TIDA programme, was proudly able to proclaim that the use of bioimpedance for needle guidance is feasible and as a result, the fabrication of a smart needle is underway. Lisa is currently doing her PhD studies under the supervision of Dr Eric Moore at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork. Her research is funded by an Irish Research Council Award.

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