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Devices

Novel device research is an important pillar of Engineered Therapeutics - the Centre's research flagship. The development of devices uses engineering design principles for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention or monitoring of disease in humans and animals. Such devices include a wide range of products that vary in complexity and application.  These are: Particle Analysis, Composite Surgical Appliances, Imaging Devices, and Biomimetic Robotics/Computational Modelling.

Particle Analysis

We work closely with industry partners to develop practical solutions to real world diagnostic challenges. Our strategy is to solve problems that can first be applied to the agricultural sector and then extend proven technologies into human medicine. Presently our focus is remote location diagnostic and monitoring devices to help address the growing prevalence of therapeutic resistance parasites and other small bioparticles. This research is applicable to New Zealand’s primary industries, international agriculture and human global health challenges.

Composite Surgical Appliances

Through this research we aim to create new biomedical devices by combining reconstituted keratin with a permanent material, such as titanium. The composite devices will create new opportunities for the use in dental and maxillofacial surgery and large bone/joint replacement or reconstruction in orthopaedic surgery.

Imaging Devices

Biophotonics involves the application of high tech optical/laser devices to problems biology and medicine. It is a fast moving and very exciting area of research that has the potential to offer new tools and diagnostic methods for life-sciences, health care and clinical medicine. Biophotonic methods are fast/real-time and often non-contact, thus, offering significant over traditional imaging techniques. Specific areas of research include: Low-coherent non-invasive optical biopsy; Functional cellular and molecular fluorescence imaging, Optical specoscopy for non-invasive medical diagnostics and Optical mapping of skin blood flow and skin blood microcirculation. For more information please visit the Biophotonics and Biomedical Imaging Research Website.

Biomimetic Robotics/Computational Modelling

Research areas include sensing and control of agile movements in animals and robots; computer models of nerve cells, brain circuits and animal movement; development and structure of animal brains; 3D graphics and simulations in biology; sensory systems, mechanical design and neural control for agility in spiders, sharks, people and robots. For more information please visit Associate Professor Paulin's research page www.otago.ac.nz/neurozoo.