Haughton Lecture

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Silver Medal is presented to a distinguished clinician or engineer who has made a significant contribution to the field of bioengineering through academic endeavour and research. The recipient delivers the distinguished Samuel Haughton Honorary Lecture at the annual Bioengineering in Ireland conference.


1995 James M. Sheehan, PhD, FRCSI, Blackrock Clinic, Dublin 2006 David Taylor, PhD, ScD, CEng, FIEI, Trinity College, Dublin
1996 John O’Connor, PhD, University of Oxford 2007 David E. Beverland, MD, FRCS, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast
1997 Pierce A. Grace, MCh, FRCSI, University of Limerick 2008 Patrick J. Prendergast, PhD, Trinity College, Dublin
1998 Annraoi M. de Paor, DSc, MRIA, University College Dublin 2009 Frank Gannon, PhD, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland
1999 Michael . M. Stephens, MSc (Bioeng), FRSCI, Mater Hospital, Dublin 2010 Clive Lee, MD, PhD, FRCSI, FRCSEd, CENG, FIEI, HRHA, RCSI
2000 Tony M. Keaveny, PhD, University of California, Berkeley 2011 Peter E. McHugh, BE, ScM, PhD, CEng, FIEI, NUI Galway
2001 Moira O’Brien, FRCPI, Trinity College Dublin 2012 C. James KirkPatrick, MD, PhD, DSc, FRCPath, FBSE, Mainz University
2002 John F. Orr, PhD, Queen’s University Belfast 2013 Richard Reilly, PhD, MRIA, FRAMI, FTCD, Trinity College Dublin
2003 R. McNeill, DSc, CBE, FRS, University of Leeds 2014 Dr. James E. Coleman, BSc (Anatomy), MCh, FRCSI, MBA
2004 Neville Hogan, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2015 Tim McGloughlin, B.E.(Mech), MEng Sc, Ph.D., University of Limerick
2005 Alexander W. Blayney, MCh, FRCS, FRCSI, Mater Hospital, Dublin 2016 Prof. Timothy O’Brien, National University of Ireland Galway


2017 Haughton Medal Recipient:

Prof. David Fitzpatrick

Prof. Fitzpatrick received his BAI degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in 1985. He subsequently received his D.Phil degree from the University of Oxford in 1990 for doctoral work entitled “Mechanics of the Knee Joint.” After receiving his doctorate, he worked within the orthopaedic industry, initially as a Development Bioengineer with Howmedica International Ltd. in Limerick, Ireland, followed by a career path within DePuy International Ltd. in Leeds, UK, including managing product development and basic research programmes for knee, upper limb, trauma and spinal product lines. As Senior Development Manager, he was directly responsible for the development of a worldwide knee product development strategy and for the close liaison with clinicians involved in the design and development of knee, spine and upper limb devices.

 In 1998, he returned to Ireland to take up a position as College Lecturer within the Department of Mechancial Engineering at University College Dublin. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, to Associate Professor in 2010 and Full Professor in 2012. He was Head of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering from September 2005 to August 2011, followed by a period as Vice Principal for Internationalisation & Development in the College of Engineering and Architecture. In September 2012, he was appointed as Provost of the Beijing-Dublin International College, a joint venture between UCD and Beijing University of Technology. In September 2014, he took on the additional roles of Dean of Engineering and Principal, UCD College of Engineering & Architecture.

From 1999 to 2012, he was responsible for the Design and Bioengineering curricula at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and led the establishment of the undergraduate ME Programme in Biomedical Engineering, the first such programme in Ireland. He is a contributing researcher within the Bioengineering Research Group within the College and is a principal research contributor within the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, University of Dublin.

Prof. Fitzpatrick retains collaborative links with leading researcher centres around the world. His primary research interests are in the fields of musculoskeletal modelling and anthropometrics, medical device design and design process methodologies. He has received funding for his research from the HEA, HRB, Enterprise Ireland and industrial sponsors.