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The Biomedical engineering division is a group for Engineers Ireland members working in the MedTech sector. It provides opportunities for networking and knowledge-sharing in this fascinating, diverse and life-changing division of engineering.

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No battery, no wire, no problem - folding robots move without batteries

The traditional Japanese art of origami transforms a simple sheet of paper into complex, three-dimensional shapes through a very specific pattern of folds, creases and crimps. Folding robots based on that principle have emerged as an exciting new frontier of robotic design, but generally require onboard batteries or a wired connection to a power source, making them bulkier and clunkier than their paper inspiration and limiting their functionality. A team of researchers at the Wyss ...

Sticky when wet: 'tough adhesive' for wound healing inspired by slugs

Anyone who has ever tried to put on a plaster when their skin is damp knows that it can be frustrating. Wet skin is not the only challenge for medical adhesives – the human body is full of blood, serum and other fluids that complicate the repair of numerous internal injuries. Many of the adhesive products used today are toxic to cells, inflexible when they dry and do not bind strongly to biological tissue. A team of researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering ...

Post-stroke patients reach terra firma with exosuit technology

Upright walking on two legs is a defining trait in humans, enabling them to move very efficiently throughout their environment. This can all change in the blink of an eye when a stroke occurs. In about 80 per cent of patients post-stroke, it is typical that one limb loses its ability to function normally – a clinical phenomenon called hemiparesis. Even patients who recover walking mobility during rehabilitation retain abnormalities in their gait that hinder them from participating in many ...

Engineering heart valves for the many with capacity for repair and regeneration

The human heart beats approximately 35 million times every year, effectively pumping blood into the circulation via four different heart valves. Unfortunately, in over four million people each year, these delicate tissues malfunction due to birth defects, age-related deteriorations, and infections, causing cardiac valve disease. Today, clinicians use either artificial prostheses or fixed animal and cadaver-sourced tissues to replace defective valves. While these prostheses can restore the ...

Problematic pacemakers – how electrical interference can affect medical devices

During the French Revolution, the period of far-reaching social and political upheaval in France that lasted from 1789 until 1799, beheading was the preferred method of execution. The guillotine was used for thousands of executions, meaning that there was no shortage of experimental material for Marie François Bichat, the French anatomist and pathologist who became known as ‘the father of histology’. Bichat tested the electrical stimulation of hearts, which was instrumental in the ...

NUI Galway student's stem-cell therapy for arterial obstruction wins major award

Dilip Thomas, a doctoral candidate at the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) at NUI Galway, has been awarded first place in the category of ‘Best Preclinical Study’ at the Journal of Wound Care Awards 2017. The Journal of Wound Care (JWC) Awards recognise excellence in research that aims explore new frontiers in wound-care therapies. The award also sets a high standard in recognising the quality and rigorous methodology in the execution of the ...
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