Research & Education

Research linked to Clinical Care

Professor Moran is the lead surgeon for UPMC Sports Surgery Clinic’s participation in international multi-centre clinical trials. He links this research to the development new options for cartilage and ligament injury at UPMC Sports Surgery Clinic. 

Ireland’s first dedicated Cartilage Repair & Translational Orthobiologics Centre is being developed in partnership between UPMC SSC, Trinity College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and affiliated clinical and research institutes. The Cartilage Repair and Translational Orthobiologics Centre brings together internationally trained surgeons, scientists, imaging and rehabilitation specialists to meet this challenge in a multidisciplinary fashion. As well as providing new surgical options to patients, the creation of the Cartilage Repair & Translational Orthobiologics Centre shall also increase Irish participation in international studies evaluating the role of stem cells, scaffolds and other biological options

TCD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is an Academic Unit of the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin.  The Chair of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is held by Professor Cathal Moran, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.This Unit aims to facilitate the delivery of a world-class system of linked education, research and clinical care in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine from the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin and affiliated units.  

The Academic Unit of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provides an input to educational modules of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. In addition to contributing lectures, tutorials and clinical electives to the curriculum of the School of Medicine, a contribution is also made to the education of allied health professionals including students of the Discipline of Physiotherapy, the School of Nursing and related academic units.

Research in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is undertaken in a range of areas.  There is a particular interest in the role of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine strategies within Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Our research focuses on the investigation of biological augmentation of traditional surgical options for soft tissue injury as well as exploring novel treatment strategies for soft tissue, ligament, cartilage and meniscus injury.   A National Cartilage Repair Centre is being established to facilitate sharing of the scientific expertise available at TCD, RCSI, AMBER (and other leading regenerative medicine centre’s in Ireland) with specialised clinical services.  

 

UPMC SSC Biomechanics Programs

UPMC Sports Surgery Clinic are the only clinic in the world offering full AMTI and VICON Nexus 2 and multi-directional biomechanics testing. These allow us to measure joint relationships, forces, peak torques and angular velocities in high-speed cutting, jumping and landing for both diagnostics, performance, and rehabilitation.

Athletes will be provided the oppertunity to utilise these facilities to compliment their rehabilitation and return to play programme. 3D biomechanics involves the use of motion capture software to track the movement of you joints in space, as well as to analyse the forces applied to your body during movement. 

The knee and shoulder biomechanics programmes aim to redice the rates of re-injury.  The biomechanic testing provides athletes and their physio/S&C coach with an accurate depiction of their progress to date, how this compares to other pathological and norm populations, and the areas they need to continue to work on. All of the data captured is utilised in research to gain a greater undertstanding as to how and why these injuries happen.

Cartilage Clinical Research

Treatment of cartilage and meniscus injury remains one of the most significant challenges in orthopaedic sports medicine. In order to meet this challenge, Ireland’s first dedicated Cartilage Repair & Translational Orthobiologics Centre is being developed in partnership between SSC, Trinity College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and affiliated clinical and research institutes.
The Cartilage Repair and Translational Orthobiologics Centre brings together internationally trained surgeons, scientists, imaging and rehabilitation specialists to meet this challenge in a multidisciplinary fashion.

Our team is dedicated to providing patients with the most advanced and effective treatments for cartilage and meniscus injury. Our research and clinical care is helping to shape the future of cartilage and meniscus repair and regeneration. Our patients and athletes are the beneficiaries of this effort. As well as providing new surgical options to patients, the creation of the Cartilage Repair & Translational Orthobiologics Centre shall also increase Irish participation in international studies evaluating the role of stem cells, scaffolds and other biological options

TCD Tissue Engineering Research

There is a particular interest in the role of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine strategies. The translational focus of this research is facilitated through close links with the Academic Unit of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, headed by Professor Cathal Moran.

Strong emphasis is placed on inter-disciplinary work of clinicians, with established scientists, engineers, imaging specialists and allied health professionals. Our Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine research focuses on the investigation of biological augmentation of traditional surgical options for soft tissue injury, as well as exploring novel treatment strategies for soft tissue, ligament, ACL, cartilage and meniscus injury.

A National Cartilage Repair & Orthobiologics Centre is being established to facilitate sharing of the scientific expertise available at TCD, RCSI, AMBER (and other leading regenerative medicine centre’s in Ireland) with specialised clinical services at UPMC Sports Surgery Clinic and national/international clinical partners. In addition to the traditional exploration of tissue engineered constructs using scaffolds, cells and other biological factors, there is considerable interest in the role of mechanobiology in the healing and repair process, with particular emphasis on how this relates to rehabilitation of tissues following surgical intervention

RCSI Clinical Trial Infrastructure

Established in 2000, the RCSI Clinical Research Centre (RCSI CRC), located adjacent to Beaumont Hospital, provides the infrastructure, physical space, facilities, expertise and culture needed to optimally support a wide range of clinical research.

To date, RSCI CRC have hosted over 25,000 patients and almost 600 studies, the outputs of which have impacted healthcare policy and practice in a broad range of disease areas. As an exclusively health sciences-focused educational and research institution, RCSI is uniquely placed to drive translational research which benefits patients and the community.

TCD Medical School Education

Professor Moran’s academic functions at Trinity include both education and research. From an education perspective, current post-graduate activities include a contribution to the MSc in Sports
and Exercise Medicine, MSc in Bioengineering and the education of surgical trainees as part of the
Surgical Training Programmes of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Professor Moran also acts as Director of the new clinical and academic Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship being hosted across Sports Surgery Clinic and Trinity College Dublin. In addition, he delivers lectures, tutorials and clinical electives that are part of the curriculum of the School of Medicine, he further assists with the interdisciplinary Sports Medicine education of allied health professionals at Trinity College Dublin.