In vivo interaction between micro-nano systems and the human body (e.g. body sensors, implantable systems, endoscopic probes) target several applications such as non-invasive long term monitoring, drug delivery, vital functions' repairing, targeted therapy, early diagnosis & well being support.
MNBS projects in this area focus on research, development and validation of high performance components & modules (e.g. micro/nano electrodes, sensors & actuators, power supply and wireless telecommunication) and on integrated multifunctional miniaturised systems and devices. All projects are tested and validated in, at least, one biomedical / healthcare application.
Some of the major achievements of in-vivo MNBS, so far include:
- - highly integrated and miniaturised implants for improving hearing function and restoring motor function for people with severe spinal cord injury,
- - smart materials like hydrogels, to repair damaged heart vessels
- - multi-channel micro-stimulations system to treat phantom limb pain, and
- - ultrasound based technique for wireless communication with implanted devices e.g. for monitoring of cardiac congestive heart failure. while other project in the group is currently working on body worn sensing devices for phototherapy