NFB Researcher Elected to TERMIS-EU Council

12th January 2015

Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis has been elected to the European Council of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).

TERMIS is one of the most prominent organisations in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine globally and attracts interest from the highest levels of the scientific community in biomedical research.
Dr Zeugolis is a lecturer and Principal Investigator at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) at NUI Galway. He is also Visiting Professor in Bioprocessing, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at TEI of Epirus, Greece. Dr Zeugolis co-founded Vornia Biomaterials Ltd, a company that designs, develops and fabricates customised biomaterial solutions for medical device manufacturers. He also co-founded Matrix Biology Ireland Society, a learned society with the scope of promoting and consolidating knowledge and expertise in the extracellular matrix field in Ireland.
His research group uses bottom up approaches to build nano-textured constructs that closely imitate the properties of native extracellular matrix assemblies. The group also utilises recent advancements in scaffold functionalisation through incorporation of biophysical cues, biochemical signals and biological beacons to provide therapeutic interventions for the treatment of soft tissue injuries. Dr Zeugolis’s research will help enable wide acceptance and clinical translation of cell-based therapies.
TERMIS brings together the international community of persons engaged or interested in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and promotes education and research through regular meetings, publications and other forms of communication. The Society also serves as an international forum to promote the informed discussion of challenges and therapeutic benefits of the application of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies.
Prof Abhay Pandit, the director at NFB, stated “Dr Zeuogolis’s election to the TERMIS-EU council is further indication of the relevance of NFB’s research within Europe. We will continue to initiate collaborative research, with partners from outside of Ireland and look towards funding opportunities within Horizon 2020.”