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Full NameMr Niall Davis
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- bioengineering/medical devices
Niall is a graduate of University College Dublin, Ireland and undertook basic surgical training with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI). He completed his Higher Surgical Training in urology in 2017 and completed his fellowship in minimally urological surgery in Melbourne in 2019. He is a senior lecturer for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and works as a consultant urologist in Beaumont Hospital.
Mr Davis has also completed a PhD in tissue-engineering in the University of Limerick and has 150 publications in indexed medical journals. He has a special interest in undergraduate teaching for medical students. Mr Davis continues to work with his biomedical engineering colleagues in Ireland to develop his research interests.
Title: Investigation and characterisation of the biomechanical properties of human ureteric tissue
Hypothesis and Aims
There is no data on the biomechanical properties and rupture pressure thresholds for human ureteric tissue. Detailed knowledge on the biomechanical properties of the human ureter will enable improved development of endoscopic techniques to manage a variety of pathologies such as retroperitoneal malignancy, ureteric stricture disease, and urinary stone disease.
1. We aim to investigate and define the biomechanical properties of the human ureter that govern distensibility using ureteric specimens acquired from consenting patients.
2. We plan to assess for regional wall differences in the human ureter and identify any variations in ureteric diametric strain and intraluminal pressure along its length.
3. We will evaluate for ureteric injury following distension and define the intraluminal pressure and diametric stretch at which injury occurs.
4. We aim to characterise and grade ureteric trauma macroscopically and microscopically