Our group works with exciting new classes of biomaterials including naturally derived proteins and polymers and the latest in synthetically produced plasma surfaces and products. We aim to engineer and optimise these materials to be therapeutically useful in the treatment of vascular disease and more broadly in tissue repair.
The materials currently available for vascular repair are fundamentally incompatible with the tissues they seek to repair. Metal alloys like stainless steel, and the same plastics used in Goretex jackets and drinking straws are in wide use, relying on technology that has not evolved considerably for several decades. Discovery of new materials that could be used clinically would have a significant impact on the lives of patients.
Every day, 23 Australians die from a heart attack. Every year, roughly 55,000 suffer a life-threatening cardiovascular emergency. Like so many, Greg Bridgman never thought it would happen to him.