INNOVATIVE: Brendan Kennedy (left) and Barry Doyle with a 3D printed plastic aorta, the main artery that distributes oxygenated blood to all parts of the body. Photos: Attila Csaszar

Engineering a healthy future

Perth could be home to the world’s first 3D bioprinted heart thanks to a new engineering program launched last month, focused on technological solutions for medical problems.

THE University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have teamed up to create a research program seeking innovative solutions to some of the most common medical problems afflicting Australians.

The Biomedical Engineering@Perkins program claims to be unique to WA in that it brings students, engineers, doctors, and scientists together in a research environment.


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