Name: Steven McKelvey
Research Theme: Chronic Illness and Palliative care
Research Title: Unravelling patient predictors of mesenchymal stem cell expansion in an orthopaedic setting.
Research Interests: Tissue Culture, stem cell therapy treatment, prediction modelling
Supervisors: Dr Susan Clarke, Dr Alex Lennon and Mr Eugene Verzin
Currently the only way to assess a patient’s suitability for stem cell therapy treatment is to remove, culture cells and hope they grow to a suitable level, a painful and expensive procedure.
We aim to build a computational model that can predict a patient’s suitability based of more routine and less invasive measures.
Using stem cells isolated from local patients undergoing interpedical screw implants and various factors collected by a follow-up in the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility the growth characteristics of the cells and the influencing factors should be captured. We will combine these two sets of data to explore the various factors that play a role in stem cell growth.
Conferences & Publications:
The Osteogenic Potential of Brown Seaweed Extracts, Marine Drugs – Feb 2019
Joint BORS / BRS annual meeting, Poster presentation – Sept 2019
After completing my Masters in Chemical Engineering in the summer (2017) I got the opportunity to return to Queens in the school of Nursing and Midwifery. It’s a great chance for me to explore a new field and strive towards improving the quality of cell therapy treatments.