University of Wollongong in Dubai research seminar throws light on new developments in medical bionics
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, February 03 - 2010 at 12:27
- PRESS RELEASE
Some of the latest cutting-edge developments in the field of medical bionics and nanotechnology were highlighted at a research seminar on "Organic Medical Bionics" organised by the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) recently.
Prof. Gordon Wallace said global efforts were on to develop better conducting polymers and create materials that would help communicate better with nerve cells. Such research will boost artificial muscle technology and help create more intelligent wearable prosthetics. A lot of work is also being done in developing BioPrinter Systems that would enable printing of living cells into artificial limbs, Prof. Gordon added.
He said the Australian government had provided a funding of $53 million for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.
"We are part of a global research network that is working ceaselessly towards creating materials and devices that will transform medical bionics in the near future," said Professor Gordon Wallace.
Bionics is at the frontier of medical science enabling communication across the biology-electronics interface. Recent successes in the field include the cochlear ear implant, the heart pacemaker, and, more recently, the emerging field of neural prostheses enabling communication with limb replacements.
Professor Rob Whelan, President of UOWD, who welcomed Professor Gordon Wallace, said the kind of research work being done by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, epitomises the crucial role academics play in developing new techniques and equipment for the betterment of humanity.
Prof. Rob Whelan hailed the role played by Prof Gordon and his team in driving research in this critical field, and wished him success in his endeavours.
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