IBTec consists of three Research Centres, each each representing an area of biomedical research interest.
The Centre for Respiratory Therapies focuses on alternative, medicinal and non-medicinal treatements for asthma, obstructive sleep anea (OSA), respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and chronic rhino-sinusitis.
The Centre for Cardivascular Diagnostics develops 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.
The Centre for Biomedical Materials looks to use novel polymers and composites to develop "smart" sensors and actuators as well as conducting research into new types of changeable focal length (CFL) lenses.
The research clusters along with underlying projects can be accessed here.
Tissue testing and respiratory function lab
The lab contains both in vitro and in vivo facilities. The in vitro facilities include tissue mechanics testing equipment and molecular biology analysis facilities including fluorescence microscopy. The in vivo facilities are focused on testing respiratory parameters in mice, with resources for respiratory parameter measurements and vibration/oscillation chambers currently being developed.
Polymer processing and characterization lab
The lab provides facilities for polymer processing primarily in multiphase systems such as blends, composites, and functional fillers. Available processes include: size reduction, agglomeration, compaction/granulation, mixing and blending, drying, desolventizing, stripping and thermal reactions. This lab is ideal for investigation of polymer mixing and compounding operations.