CommComm posted on October 13, 2010 21:47

I came across a very nice example of the value of the biomedical literature recently, while reading the Autumn 2010 issue of the  University of Dayton Magazine  (Go Flyers!)  The article is about graduate Ed Timm, biomedical engineer and 25 year veteran of medical sales and marketing, and his passion for issues related to glaucoma.  As the story goes, Timm heard UD President Dan Curran talk about the work of the UD Research Institute on nanotechnology while he was dropping his daughter off to start at UD.  A few days later, Timm was reading a journal article about an experimental device designed to continually monitor intraocular pressure, which included a small footnote that said that FGF2 seems to be suppressed in the presence of carbon.    He calls this his Eureka moment, when he realized that opthalmic instruments are made of the wrong material and that carbon might be the answer.  He made his case to Khalid Lafdi, group leader for carbon materials at UDRI, and 3 years later animal testing is being planned for biocompatible, non-clogging opthalmic implants to relieve excess fluid and pressure in the eyes.  Timm expects the new implants, which will eliminate the risk of rejection and preserve the longevity of the implant,  to be on the market in 3 years.

All because a well-informed biomedical engineer read a journal article and put the pieces together...

Nancy Roderer 

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