BME Seminar - Wed., February 19th
|Event Date:||February 19, 2014|
|Hosted By:||Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
|Location:||MJIS 1001, WL campus
His seminar, entitled "Development of Implantable Microdevices to Improve Hydrocephalus Treatment" will be part of his candidacy for a faculty position in the Weldon School, and will be presented as part of the BME seminar series.
Hydrocephalus is a debilitating neurological disorder for which there is no cure. The treatment of hydrocephalus typically requires chronic implantation of a shunt system to manage intracranial pressure. Unfortunately, these shunt systems suffer from a high failure rate (>40%) within the initial year of implantation due to progressive cellular occlusion at the inlet pores of the catheter. The estimated annual cost for treating hydrocephalus in the US exceed $1 billion.
To combat the cellular obstruction, I have designed, fabricated, and evaluated novel magnetic microactuators to be integrated into ventricular catheters. Device evaluation included static and dynamic mechanical responses; MRI compatibility issues due to ferromagnetic elements; and static and dynamic in vitro functional evaluation. The results to date indicate good control of fabricated devices, minimum MRI concerns, and strong cell-clearing capabilities of microdevices to maintain pore patency.
~BME Faculty Host: Pedro Irazoqui~
***Coffee and juice will be provided at West Lafayette***