7 March 2024: Professor Abhay Pandit has been elected President-Elect of the Global Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). TERMIS has a global mission to advance tissue engineering and regenerative medicine worldwide to generate knowledge to improve patient outcomes globally.

As Scientific Director of CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices based at University of Galway, Professor Pandit’s new role recognises CÚRAM’s significant impact to the field of medical device research.

2024 sees CÚRAM mark a decade of ground-breaking research and innovation. With a mission to enhance patient outcomes and improve quality of life for our aging population living with chronic illness, CÚRAM brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers, industry partners, healthcare professionals and patients, to address the most pressing challenges in healthcare.

Speaking about his appointment, Prof Pandit said: “This appointment gives a voice to the work we are doing in CÚRAM on a global scale. It will draw the focus of key stakeholders to our Centre and allow CÚRAM to continue to play a vital role in the formation of critical policy decisions globally.”  

The mission of TERMIS is to promote education and research within the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine across the globe and is the premier global scientific society in the area with an EU membership currently at 1000. 

Since its inception, Prof Pandit has been a member of the society and has served as Chair of TERMIS-EU (2022-2024) and on the Council (2010-2014). Prof Pandit has been working in the field of biomaterials since 1989. In addition to holding the Chair, he is a Fellow of the Society and holds the title FTERM—the only academic in Ireland bestowed that honour. He was appointed to the National Research Ethics Committee for Clinical Trials by the Minister for Health in 2021. He was honoured with the George Winter Award in 2022 from the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) and was elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows in 2018.