02/05/2018Science keeps taking cues from nature. Medical technology also often uses materials from nature or finds inspiration in natural phenomena – as is the case with protein nanofibers. Due to their outstanding properties, a reproduction of this natural building block is especially valuable for medical purposes.
01/03/2018Robotics open up countless new possibilities for medical technology. Especially highly miniaturized robots could be increasingly used in minimally invasive surgery in the future. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a mobile millirobot, which is able to move smoothly through rough terrain. They were mainly inspired by the world of insects.
04/01/2018Medical radiation is a double-edged sword: from a diagnostic perspective, it allows us to look inside the human body, while it can also be used to treat cancer. However, each use exposes patients to radiation, which in turn can pose health risks and should, therefore, be avoided. This is where the European joint research program MEDIRAD comes in.