Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Insect-Inspired Eyes Could Benefit Robotic and Ambient Assisted Living Applications

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Often sitting at the bottom of the food chain, insects need to survive in a hostile environment, always watching out for predators. Their compound eyes are a useful tool. Consisting of thousands of smaller eyes (ommatidia), each pointing in a slightly different direction, compound eyes provide a large viewing angle ...

Where in the World Are Companies Investing in Academic Research? Asia/Pacific, of Course

Monday, August 12th, 2013

A scorecard published today by Times Higher Education ranks countries based on the amount of research money that universities attract from the business world. The Republic of Korea tops the list, with global companies investing the equivalent of almost US$100,000 in each Korean scholar conducting research on their behalf, according ...

Experiment Shows Pupil Dilation Can Allow Locked-in Patients to Communicate

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Although often fully conscious, patients suffering from locked-in syndrome (LIS) are unable to communicate with their surrounding world. Because of their paralysed state, they are literally locked into their own bodies. Researchers at the University of Marburg (Germany) have developed a method that allows LIS patients to answer simple yes or ...

Step Aside Google Glass? Fraunhofer’s Data Glasses Said to Truly Augment Reality

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_31626" align="alignleft" width="300"] Application Scenario: Interactive OLED data glasses may support qualified persons at work with additional information © Fraunhofer COMEDD[/caption] Imagine a surgeon performing an operation, with a scalpel in one hand and forceps in the other. To maintain sterility, he can’t touch anything else. If he wants to ...

CEA-Leti and Partners in Nephron+ Project Seek to Build Better Kidney

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

French research and technology organisation CEA-Leti and nine partners in the Nephron+ project are developing a next-generation artificial kidney. Advanced miniaturised sensors are a key enabling technology of the integrated system, which would allow real-time, continuous, multiparametric monitoring of the patient and device. The continuous data collection will allow early ...

Galway Companies Join EU Project to Develop New Medtech Manufacturing Technologies

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Two companies based in Galway, Ireland's medtech hub, are contributing their expertise to a pan-European project designed to develop new technologies for medical manufacturing, reports www.siliconrepublic.com. Crospon, founded in 2006 to develop minimally invasive surgical devices, and Adama Innovations, which was spun out from Irish nanoscience institute CRANN earlier this year, ...

Medtech Research Hub Formed in Hamburg

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

The Hamburg Eppendorf University Medical Centre and the University of Technology Hamburg Harburg have announced the launch of a collaborative research hub, Forschungszentrum Medizintechnik (FMTHH). Starting in June 2013, the new facility will combine medical and engineering expertise under one roof. Both institutions have a long history of cooperation in ...

Big Data Optimises Personalised Cancer Therapy in Italy

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

When choosing optimal treatments for cancer patients, doctors must consider a number of factors: age, general health, weight, the medical history of family members, the current state of the disease and much more. Big data, in the form of a collaboration between IBM and the National Cancer Institute of Milan, ...

Redefining Medtech, from 3-D Printed Organs to Wii Health

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

As we have noted before on medtechinsider, some fascinating conversations are going on over at the Medical Packaging Innovation site. Here are three that caught our attention recently. Under the headline, "Need an Organ Transplant? Just Print It," Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan wonders if 3-D printing has the potential to save some ...

Researchers Conducting Animal Testing Are Often Threatened, Investigation Finds

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The use of animal experiments is the elephant in the room in medical research. Among the many questions asked on the floor of a medical trade show, one is usually whispered: "Do you do animal research?" But people avoid the conversation not only because it's an uncomfortable topic. Researchers conducting ...

What Designers of Next-Generation Surgical Clamps Can Learn from the Remora Fish

Monday, March 18th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_30488" align="alignleft" width="200"] A 3-D rapid prototype of an enlarged lamella is shown. On the table is mineralised tissue within a remora adhesive disk.[/caption] The remora has a unique way of bonding with sharks. Unlike other fish that obey their biological instincts and choose flight when a shark is nearby, ...

EC Awards €2 Billion to Research Initiatives on Graphene and the Human Brain

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The European Commission has announced the winners of FET (Future and Emerging Technologies), a multi-billion research competition. Graphene, a project that will investigate the properties of the material, and the Human Brain Project, said to be the world's largest brain research programme, won the awards.