The ICETLAB is undertaking a number of cutting edge research projects aimed at improving the application of cardiovascular devices in the clinical environment.
Research at the ICETLAB is primarily focussed on the improvement of cardiovascular devices to ultimately result in improved healthcare for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. We have a variety of projects available for engineering and basic science researchers. Our research is completed by our team of Professors, postdoctoral research fellows and PhD, Masters and undergraduate students. Funding for these projects comes from industry and granting agencies such as The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the National Heart Foundation and more. The generous support of all industry and granting agencies has allowed us to conduct world-class research, resulting in many publications and presentations at national and international conferences.
A state-of-the-art mock circulation loop is a central feature of the ICETLAB. This test facility enables the investigation of device performance in a situtaion representative of the human cardiovascular system, on the bench top. Following from in-vitro investigations, the ICETLAB has access to a world class pre-clinical research facility on TPCH campus. This facility enables progression to in-vivo testing of cardiovascular devices.
Some of the projects under investigations are:
♦ Mock Circulation Loop Improvement
♦ Using 2 x LVADs as a Rotary BiVAD/TAH
♦ Physiological Control of Rotary Blood Pumps
♦ Improving the Interaction of Cannulae with the Cardiovascular System
♦ Improvement of Blood Pump Hydraulic Perfomance