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To keep pace with health care reform and advancing medical technologies, it is necessary to re-engineer existent medical products and to deliver new options for economical, faster and more efficient patient care, thereby reducing the socio economic burden and morbidity associated with repeat procedures.
CÚRAM is modifying the design and manufacture of current interventional and delivery devices to improve efficacy and minimise impact, improve the delivery of biomolecules and combination products at target sites and to develop prototypes. CÚRAM is focussing on the physical characterisation of healthy and diseased tissues with natural and synthetic materials and on specific tissue interactions with devices and biomaterials and bioelectronics that assist the concepts supplied by industry partners.
CÚRAM researchers have recently developed a range of analytical and computational models addressing cellular level responses, biodegradation and fatigue behaviour and can apply these methods to inform device design prior to clinical evaluation. These models can assign material properties that mimic the target environment, allowing researchers to virtually implant devices and test disease scenarios to predict behaviour to facilitate less invasive and more efficient clinical applications and maximise healing and health outcomes.