INNOVATION ARTICLES THE IDEA SUBMISSION PORTAL FROM MEDTRONIC
Bilateral vestibular hypofunction can have a massive impact on gait, balance vision and hearing. Currently there are no treatment options other than patients learning compensatory strategies. But researchers from Geneva and The Netherlands are testing a new vestibular implant in patients.
Scientists in the Netherlands are developing a device that could be used to repair the chords of the mitral valve without the need for potentially risky open-heart surgery.
A team of French regenerative medicine researchers have used electrospinning to align polymer fibres into a multilayer biodegradable scaffold. The implanted scaffold promoted regeneration of annulus fibrosus tissue in sheep faster than expected.
A wearable device developed by scientists in Italy can detect impairment in motor skills, and might enable early detection of Parkinson’s disease.
Traditional pacemakers consist of a small battery-operated generator that is implanted into the chest with leads connecting into the heart. But researchers have been developing...
Irish researchers have combined the bone healing properties of bioactive glass with the antimicrobial action of copper into a collagen scaffold that can be surgically placed onto bone to treat or even prevent the painful bone infection osteomyelitis.
After a stroke, a tiny, foldable electrode array could be inserted into patients’ brains, with the aim of alleviating the associated side effects.
An inexpensive and mass producible sensor array offers an interesting potential option for collecting ischemic data via NOTES technique.
Magnetic eye implants successfully treats nystagmus, allowing patient to return to work, read and watch television.
Dr Christopher Proctor
A team of researchers from the UK and France have developed a brain implant that pushes drugs directly into problem brain tissue using a method called electrophoresis.
An athlete who lost part of his chest wall to cancer is back on track after receiving a customised replacement – a 3D printed biomechanical implant that expands and contracts in sync with normal breathing.
Scientists in Germany have developed a catheter-based heart pump that can be quickly inserted into the heart without surgery in the event of acute right heart failure.
Scientists have developed a 3D printed biodegradable stent that can deliver tissue-engineered heart valves into the heart in patients who need a replacement heart valve.
Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Stamatialis
Manmade ‘bioartificial organs’ in development could transform life for patients whose kidneys, pancreas or lungs are failing. Prof. Dr. Dimities Stamatialis from the Univer...
Prof. John C. Batchelor
A UK research team in Kent is developing “temporary tattoos„ to detect vital signs, movement and sweat of wearers. The temporary tattoos will offer a discrete, forgettable ...
A silicone robotic heart sleeve may offer a compact solution for end-stage heart failure patients, bypassing the need for anticoagulants.
Dr Costantino Del Gaudio
In an effort to add to current biological and mechanical heart valve options, researchers from Italy have used a tissue-engineering technique called electrospinning to desi...
Dr Georg Daniel Duerr
Cardiac surgeons have developed an experimental device which will lead to improved treatment for recurrent mitral regurgitation.
Dr Athina Markaki
A University of Cambridge engineer has married material science and biology to develop a coating for implants that promotes integration into bone when a magnetic field is a...
Professor Josep Samitier
This month we look at how miniaturised sensor array collects ischemic data in real-time.
Prof. Yael Hanein
This month we look at how ‘electronic skin’ could improve healthcare across cardiology and neurology.
Professor Erney Mattson
If stenting is a hero in reopening blocked passages in the body, restenosis is its evil nemesis. Erney Mattson, a Swedish vascular surgeon in St. Olavs Hospital Norway is c...
Dr Agneta Richter-Dahlfors
An artificial neuron may eventually enable the replacement of nerve cells developing new treatments for neurological disorders.
Handheld nanoparticle scanner
Raman spectroscopy is finally finding its way into the clinic. Here we track the work of a New York team using Raman to visualize tumors that have been tagged with gold-cor...
Professor Paulo Stanga
The “bionic eye” - woman receives first UK new retinal implant: a wafer-thin chip to stimulate nerve cells of the inner retina and feeds information to a small external com...
Dr. Philippe Ritter
The latest technology is making treatment for heart patients safer and more accurate than ever and is far less invasive
Innovation is not just about brand new ideas and technology. Shockwave therapy has already been around in medicine for 30 years and helped millions of patients worldwide wi...
Dr Nathan Welham
Due to vocal fold damage, thousands of patients each year face life changing communication problems each year with few treatment options. Recently a University of Wisconsin...
Prof. Paul Herijgers
This month we look at the research into energy harvesting from the body to power implanted devices.
Dr. Robert Merrifield
This month we look at research into the use of robotic surgical instruments.
This month we look at the research into the use of Employing Video Plethysmography for Medical Treatment and Training.
The medical technology innovations that will shape 2016.
This month we look at the research into a new type of electronic skin.
Dr Aniket Magarkar
This month we look at the research into personalised medicine via diagnostic and therapeutic Nanobots.
Professor Gary Housley
This month we look at Australian pre-clinical research that has encouraging results on cochlear implant delivered gene therapy restoring auditory nerve function.
Robotics and potential legal changes-could this affect surgical robot usage? A look at cyberlaw reassessment and its potential effect on healthcare.
Researchers have achieved impressive results with a new ovarian cancer screening technique
Dr. David Wong
Research into saliva is opening up new possibilities for diagnosing cancer.
Dr. Hyekyun Rhee
Discreet monitoring device enables teens to monitor asthma symptoms and change behaviours.
Andreas Haberlin and his team from Bern University Hospital, Switzerland want to banish the battery from medical devices such as pacemakers. They are researching ways to pu...
Wireless Retinal Prosthesis, also known as bionic eye or retinal implants are currently researched in Oxford. The trial will be open to UK residents only later on this year.
Professor Frank Fitzek
This month we explore the latest news on Transcontinental robot assisted telesurgery.
This month we explore the latest news on Biological pacemakers and future device innovations - part 2.
The year has drawn to a close, and as is tradition we take the chance to look back at the innovations that caught our eye in 2014, and to predict what 2015 has in store for...
Professor Alexander Seifalian
This month we take a look into the latest research in artificial external organs created from nano-technology and stem cells.
Dr Arjang Ruhparwar
This month we take the first look into the latest research on Biological pacemakers and ICD innovations. A follow up article featuring an alternative view from this researc...
This month we take a look into the latest research in Body Area Networks (BAN) View
Dr. Dennis Plachta
The chronic vagus nerve stimulation has improved the left ventricular function and survival by stimulating the nervous system.
Professor Bogdan Draganski
European Human Brain Project may lead to paradigm shift neurological research and treatment approaches.
Which medical devices will be the talk of the 5000 delegates at next month’s Cardiostim conference in Nice? We put our money on small talk; that is talking about mini...
Professor Gordon Wallace
3D printing for medical use, customised devices and potential therapy delivery