Research

Research in different areas of biomedical applications, in particular the current themes below:

RESPIRATORY THERAPY

This research theme conducts research on the development, improvement and optimization of respiratory therapy methods and devices. Main areas of research include therapy devices for obstructive sleep apnea, respiratory distress syndrome, asthma and the treatment of sinus disorders. Internal research includes the investigation of a non-medicinal technique to relieve contracted airway passages such as those experienced during an asthma attack.

CARDIOVASCULAR DIAGNOSTICS

This research theme conducts research to develop non-invasive diagnostic tools for various cardiovascular conditions. Research activities include mathematical modelling of cardiovascular systems, development of measurement and signal processing techniques validated through the use of statistical and clinical models.

BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS

This research cluster conducts research to investigate, develop & improve novel polymers & composites for use in biomedical applications. Several materials have been developed including, but not limited to, electroactive polymers for optical applications, electroactive hydrophilic materials, micro-needles for skin permeation enhancement and fluid extraction.

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

This research area covers: 1) Identifying novel targets for the treatment of diabetic complications, including heart failure and nephropathy; 2) Use of MRI technology to identify diabetes risk factors in different ethnicities; 3) Finding natural compounds from New Zealand marine organisms for the treatment of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

BIOMEDICAL ROBOTICS

The Robotics Group is doing research on parrot-inspired companion robots for improving learning and social interaction abilities of autistic children. In this research, robotic technologies including sensing, actuation, control and human machine interface are utilized to develop a robot which is able to mimic the behaviours of a parrot.