Cardiovascular Medical Devices.

Our mission is to understand the interactions of medical devices with patients’ blood, proteins and cells,

with a goal of developing more sophisticated and compatible materials for medical devices.

What impact will this research have? 

Medical devices are used widely in nearly all aspects of medicine, including artificial hearts, vascular stents, vascular grafts, heart valves, pacemakers, catheters, cardiopulmonary bypass circuits and hemodialysis. However, they cause many side effects due to the poor compatibility of the materials used to make these devices, such as blood clots (thrombosis) and microbe adhesion (biofouling). Thrombosis of medical devices is currently managed with medication that causes additional complications, such as bleeding from antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs. Biofouling is treated with antibiotics; however, antibiotics cannot always penetrate the biofilm and the overuse of antibiotics is leading to antibiotic resistant pathogens. Increased understanding of biointerface interactions and methodology to assess materials could lead to the development of new, more compatible materials and devices to reduce the use of drugs and risks for patients.

Dr Anna Waterhouse
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What’s new in the lab?

5 simple protein-packed meals to ward off hunger

Protein is an essential part of helping you feel full and satisfied, and one of the best ways to getting back in control of your appetite is ensuring you’re eating protein-rich foods at each of your meals. So here are five protein-packed meals that you can throw together to help get you through the day!

Current team update

Dr Anna Waterhouse invited to speak at Joint Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart. 

Dec 05, 2016

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