Here you will find lots of useful information from our supporters CÚRAM, including lesson plans, presentations and animations, that can help you explore the exciting topic ‘Healing the Body‘ for your ReelLIFE SCIENCE video.


CÚRAM is Ireland’s National Centre for Research in Medical Devices, bringing together  experts from Ireland’s leading universities, research institutes and companies.

A medical device is something that can diagnose, treat or monitor an illness. Examples of medical devices include stents, pacemakers, hip and knee replacements.

At CÚRAM, our researchers are working to develop the next generation of implants and devices that can help the body heal itself. We work with surgeons, engineers, biologists, chemists, designers and industry to find solutions for illnesses including diabetes, asthma, heart disease and Parkinson’s Disease.

At CÚRAM we have filmmakers produce stories about our research and how it helps patients every year. You might like to see trailers for these documentaries at

Did you know that Ireland is a world leader when it comes to medical device research and development, and over 29,000 people are employed in the MedTech sector in Ireland? Chances are you probably know someone who works in this area either in research in a university, or in a MedTech company like Boston Scientific or Medtronic.

CÚRAM researchers are developing devices that will work for different parts of the body. Below, you can check out lesson plan kits developed by CÚRAM’s Teachers in Residence on the following topics:


Students learn about medical devices, and natural and synthetic sources of biomaterials. Students make their own biomaterials (slime!) to fix soft tissues.

Biomaterials Lesson Plan, Presentation and Quiz

The Heart

Students learn basic heart anatomy, how a heart attack occurs due to the blockage of a coronary artery, and how to keep their hearts healthy. Students construct a large diagram of the heart which is used to play “Heart Twister”.

The Heart Lesson Plan and Presentation

The Musculoskeletal System

Students learn about bones, muscles, and tendons, and how doctors currently treat damage to these tissues. Students construct a model hand and act as surgeons to fix a tendon using a Biomedical Engineering Kit.

The Musculoskeletal System Lesson Plan and Presentation

The Brain

Students learn how nerves send and receive messages, and the causes of Parkinson’s disease. Students build medical devices to treat Parkinson’s disease and test the devices on jelly “brains”.

The Brain Lesson Plan and Presentation

Stem Cells

Students learn about how stem cells are used by animals to heal their bodies. Students build model animals using cells made from playdough, and fix their injured animals by using playdough stem cells or building prosthetic devices.

Stem Cells Lesson Plan and Presentation

You can use any of the information above to help you to make your ReelLIFE SCIENCE ‘Healing the Body‘ video, or you might like to interview someone you know who uses a medical device or works in developing or researching medical devices.

You can also contact CÚRAM to explore your topic with any questions you might have about medical device research, by emailing