Boston Scientific and CÚRAM collaborate for Teachers in Residence 2020 Programme

Primary and Secondary school teachers get first-hand access to research in a CÚRAM laboratory tour while participating in CÚRAM's Teachers in Residence programme.
Nov 11 2020 Posted: 14:24 GMT

Boston Scientific are collaborating with CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices, based at NUI Galway, on their innovative Teachers in Residence Programme for 2020-2021.

This is the fifth year of the residency, during which teachers work directly with world-leading researchers over six months to learn about medical device research at CÚRAM and create practical lesson plans and activities for both primary and secondary school classrooms, based on cutting edge Irish research.

Teachers from all disciplines are invited to participate, in support of encouraging multidisciplinary approaches to teaching science.

Dr Sarah Gundy, Teachers in Residence Programme Manager, CÚRAM, NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted to be able to collaborate with Boston Scientific on this programme. Having them on board adds significant value for our teachers and gives them an opportunity to get an even broader perspective on the Medtech Industry and the opportunities that are there for their students.”

Boston Scientific is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world and is one of CÚRAM’s long term Industry partners. At present Boston Scientific and CÚRAM’s researchers are working together on research into cardiovascular disease.

Fergal Horgan, R&D Manager, Boston Scientific, said: “It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to talk about the medical device design collaborations that exist with CÚRAM and Boston Scientific. Similarly so, we look forward to discussing in this forum some of the diverse technical and social aspects of working within Boston Scientific and the Medtech industry in general.”

This year’s Teachers in Residence programme kicked off in October and will provide and develop resources to help teachers overcome the extra challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programme will use a blended learning approach with online sessions held twice a month, from 7pm to 8pm until March 2021. Teachers will receive 10 ECTS through NUI Galway's Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, which is fully funded by CÚRAM.

CÚRAM’s public engagement programme ‘Breaking Barriers’ supports the Science Foundation Ireland goal of having the most engaged and scientifically informed public.

For more information about the programme, please contact Dr Sarah Gundy at


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