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Engineers, doctors at UCLA develop novel material that could help fight arterial disease
Date:11/25/2009

esults to date point to a very promising conclusion."

"At this point, we need to deploy the stent grafts and have them stay open," said Dr. David Rigberg, a vascular surgeon at the Geffen School of Medicine and the third principle investigator on the team. "We also want to see that under examination many of the things that we look at to determine if something is going to thrombose are decreased. I think the study has a real shot at clinical application."

"PAD is a huge problem," Levi said. "The ability to produce an advance in this field would help millions of Americans. Clearly, the potential impact is the most exciting aspect of the project. As a pediatric cardiologist, I hope that similar thin-film technology will produce stents that can benefit adults with coronary disease and children with pulmonary venous and arterial disease."

Both Carman and Levi believe the multidisciplinary research environment at UCLA has helped them achieve so much success in their work and that the unique interactions between seemingly disparate disciplines like medicine and engineering permit revolutionary discoveries to be made.

"My career at UCLA has been made possible by the ability to work closely with engineers," Levi said. "It is a huge advantage for me to be at UCLA; this sort of collaboration is not possible at a free-standing children's hospital."

Funding for the two-year Challenge Grant comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The NIH has identified a range of challenge areas that focus on specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, new technologies, data generation and research methods that could benefit significantly from an influx of funds. The research in these challenge areas, according to the NIH, should have a high impact on biomedical or behavioral science or public health.


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Contact: Wileen Wong Kromhout
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