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A revolutionary new approach to creating bionic devices is now possible with state-of-the-art 2D and 3D printing technologies and prototyping facilities at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute's (IPRI) newly established Processing & Devices Facility.
Australian and International scientists, engineers and surgeons attending the latest BioFabrication Symposium at Innovation Campus (iC) last week have recognised the opportunities available at the Facility.
The innovative hardware coupled with the scientific and engineering skills attracted from around the globe have enabled IPRI and its collaborators to be world leaders in medical bionics research and development.
Spinal Cord Repair Breakthrough
A new ink formulation which can print patterned surfaces has been developed for nerve cell regeneration. The regenerative re-sprouting of nerve cells with the first ever printed platform is real a breakthrough for IPRI researchers. IPRI Director Prof. Gordon Wallace said these sorts of bionic devices enable researchers to interface the world of biology with the world of electronics.
"Developments in this area to date have resulted in the cochlear implant (Bionic Ear), nerve stimulators for control of Parkinson's disease and deep brain stimulators for epilepsy.
"Ongoing advances in materials and fabrication methods are bringing the pursuit of regenerative bionic devices (for nerve and muscle repair) a step closer to reality" said Prof. Wallace.
Research collaborator Professor Peter Choong (one of Australia's leading orthopaedic surgeons) stated that developments in fabrication using functional materials will make a real impact in future bionic devices and medical implants. Peter is currently working with Prof. Wallace to develop implants for bone regeneration. Download (mp3) Peter's interview with ABC Radio Illawarra’s Nick Rheinberger.
Read more about the symposium ‘Processing and Fabrication: The Ultimate Challenge for Functional Materials’