A few years ago Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney was looking for a material for 3D printing that simulates bone. The aim was to help surgeons go into a theatre to operate, by giving them more understanding of bones so they can test implants and understand how the material will react when you drill or cut into it.
3D printing has a huge advantage, because you can repeatedly print the bone to the exact size and scale of the child they’re about to do the surgery on. As a result a multidisciplinary team at UNSW Built Environment has developed a bone simulation project with practical application.
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death and hospitalisation in infants, affecting one in 100 births. The potential for a genetic link to the condition is now being explored in a new Australian Genomics study supported by HeartKids.So far advanced genetic testing could potentially identify the cause of conditions in up to 50% of families, helping to improve diagnosis, provide better treatment and management outcomes as well as early diagnosis of CHD. 200 families affected by CHD are urged to participate in the study to help researchers.Visit Heartkids for more information!