Mr Gary Byrne

Name Gary Byrne

Gary Joined the Biotechnology centre research group in April 2016. Gary had previously been awarded a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering at ITT Dublin receiving academic excellence awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013. After graduation Gary worked as a project coordinator for Smurfit Kappa Dublin in Ballymount gaining experience in project management in an industrial manufacturing facility. Gary would later move on to a work as the Junior Engineer for consulting firm CDM Smith. Gary’s role was based as the junior on site engineer at the Dublin Waste to Energy Facility in Poolbeg. Gary gained a wealth of experience in the Waste to Energy process assessing the quality of the mechanical and electrical works on site. Most recently since returning Gary has obtained a certificate in Medical Sciences from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Project Summary

The level of interest in the analysis of head impacts, in contact and collision based sport, has grown considerably in recent years. Several studies have been carried out using head mounted accelerometers to measure the severity of these impacts in American football, lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer, boxing, taekwondo, rugby union and rugby league. This area of research may play a key role in sustaining the safety of the athletes, and thus maintaining, if not increasing the levels of future participation in these contact sports. Gary’s research will to look validate head mounted accelerometers which have been used in contact sports as well validation of a finite element model. The second aspect of the study will be to obtain lab impact and field data obtained in a contact sport using the proposed accelerometers and apply this data to the validated Finite element model to analyse the pressure strain and stresses the brain is subjected to during impacts.


[1] Gary Byrne, Stephen Tiernan, Derek Sweeney. "Validation of Skin mounted sensors and Finite Element for the Measurement and Analysis of Head Impacts"  Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, Jan 20th-21st 2017, Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland 

[2]  Gary Byrne, Stephen Tiernan, Derek Sweeney."The Measurement and Simulation of Head Impacts in Sports" Concusiion A National Direction Symposium 24th February 2017 Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin. 

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