[December 21, 2016]
Our group is awarded a R21/R33 grant from the National Institute of Health!
Our proposal entitled “Self-Unfolding RV-PA 3D Printed Conduits” will utilize 3D printing to design and develop a novel RV-PA conduit that increases its size via tailored self-unfolding triggered by flow and time so that fewer complications as well as surgeries are required to maintain and develop normal pulmonary blood flow from infancy to adulthood. It is envisioned that 3D printing will also allow for improved precision in patient customization and on-demand design changes to enable better functionality. We anticipate that self- unfolding mechanisms and associated shape changes will result in operation of the conduits over longer periods of infant and child growth into adulthood.
It is joint efforts by Prof. David Gracias (PI, ChemBE), Prof. Lewis Romer (co-PI, JHMI), Prof. Narutoshi Hibino (co-PI, JHMI) and our group.
For more information, please check the link below.