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HEPIUS Research Areas

Unmet Need: Few viable treatment options are available today for patients who sustain spinal cord injuries, and there is currently no method to ensure spinal cord perfusion after surgery.

Mission Statement: Our goal is to create — within five years — an entirely new class of wearable and implantable technologies to aid patients in the acute phases of injury. During that time, these multi-functional devices will monitor injury progression, prevent secondary injury and promote healing.

Approach: Our team is currently employing expertise in the areas of ultrasound, electronics and fluid mechanics to develop complementary implants to address traumatic spinal cord injury. The implantable devices will be joined by a closed-loop machine-learning algorithm and a custom-developed app.

Research Areas

  • Ultrasound and Electrical Engineering

    The MUSIC device, a flexible, wireless, epidural ultrasound patch capable of high-resolution imaging, focused ultrasound, electrical recording and stimulation and auto-regulation.

    Diagram of the music implant in the base of a skull
  • Fluid Dynamics and Optical Engineering

    The ACMI Implant, a smart intrathecal cerebrospinal fluid drainage system that monitors intrathecal pressure, oxygenation, and temperature.

    Illustrated water droplet with circular ripple

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