Biomaterials and Healthcare
Biomaterials are used for medical applications and they play a significant role in contemporary healthcare. The ageing population and the increased life expectancy sustain a strong expanding market for healthcare applications, both today and in the near future. Biomaterial applications aim to improve, regenerate or replace the (functions of) living tissues damaged by disease, trauma or old age. The development of biomedical technologies requires the expertise of many traditional and emerging disciplines, in engineering and medical sciences. The design process does not put emphasis on a single discipline, but aims for a holistic point of view.
Biomaterials are either natural or synthetic materials, applied/adapted for medicine to improve the lives of human beings. Biomedical applications are therefore naturally tied to the societal need for better quality of life. Such materials are often used as parts of biomedical devices, either extracorporeal or inside the living organisms. Applications can be widely varied, ranging from joint replacements and physical support structures, to biosensors and controlled drug delivery agents, contact lenses, tooth crowns, or even aesthetic procedures such as cosmetic surgery. Veterinary medicine applications that improve or prolong the lives of pets can also be considered.
The experts in one scientific discipline are often not aware of the techniques and perspectives of another. Bringing together a group of experts from disparate fields creates the perfect medium for unconventional thinking and offers new possibilities for original approaches. Each student team works on the project best suiting their individual competencies. The teams from previous years have also worked together with external experts (written correspondence or excursions to clinics, institutes, manufacturers), incorporating their opinions and suggestions into the research. An effort should be made to work closely with the biomedical industry, or with medical personnel, on all levels.
Biomaterials village values original, bold thinking that provides innovative solutions to healthcare problems. NTNU students with interest in medical devices/equipment, and improving the quality of lives, are welcome. The main goal of the village is to turn ideas into research and research into solutions. Participants can have various academic competencies, and some more commonly related disciplines are shown below.
A selection of student projects since the startup of Biomaterials village in 2013.
- Individual Adaptation of Total Hip Replacement Using Additive Manufacturing
- Cosmetic Cover for Transfemoral Prostheses
- Click & Breathe
- An App for Children with Diabetes
- AXEL - Fall Alarm for the Elderly
- Flight Chair for Disabled and Paralyzed Individuals
- Compassion and Appreciation for New Understanding of the Timeworn and Elderly
- TriApex - Redesign of Existing Adrenaline Syringes for Allergy Patients
- NAVIAir - Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired at Airports
- A Tracheal Cannula that Puts the Patients Needs in Focus
- gOLD - Rollator Improved Mobility for the Elderly
- ShAid - Shaking Aid
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea for Improved Sleep Quality
Important information about EiT:
- The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
- EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
- In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
- For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.