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Molecular Design of Polymers for Biomedical Applications

Project description

Improved quality of life thanks to innovative polymers for biomedical applications

The EU-funded MEDIPOL project is an integrated 4-year programme of knowledge transfer and networking, between six partners with complementary expertise, to design and develop new polymer-based materials for advanced biomedical applications, targeting soft tissues, especially the eye and dermal wounds. There are clear similarities between ocular and dermal sites; understanding these analogies facilitates the design of, for example, corneal bandages, ophthalmic dry eye therapies and effective burn and wound dressings with increased effectiveness. MEDIPOL's knowledge transfer programme will train 49 professionals as future leaders in academia and industry. The specific major problems being targeted relate to vision and mobility, increasingly critical issues worldwide in healthcare systems that have the task of managing the socio-economic aspects of ageing populations.


MEDIPOL (“Molecular Design of Polymers for Biomedical Applications”) is an interdisciplinary, international and intersectoral collaborative effort that utilises the mechanism of personnel exchange between partners located in the EU and Asia to address key aspects of problems of huge international socioeconomic importance. Through carefully planned and integrated secondments MEDIPOL will use knowledge transfer to train 29 ESRs and 20 ERs to be future leaders in both academia and industry. The specific major problems that we shall tackle affect vision and mobility, which are becoming increasingly critical issues in healthcare systems across the world, where the growing socio-economic difficulties of ageing populations are evident at both individual and governmental levels. MEDIPOL is designed to identify, design, develop and disseminate understanding of materials and technologies for systems that will aid and augment the healthy ageing of ocular and dermal tissue. Key to achieving this lies in harnessing the understanding of the moist ocular surface and its relevance to compromised dermal tissue. There are clear links between ocular and dermal sites. Importantly, understanding these analogies facilitates the design of contact lenses especially for use as corneal bandages, of ophthalmic dry eye therapies and of successful burn and wound dressings. These issues are international, they affect quality of life and they are of very significant social and economic importance in both developing and developed economies.

MEDIPOL is an integrated 4-year program of knowledge transfer and networking between Aston University, UK (Aston), i+Med S. Coop, Spain (i+Med), Technical University of Liberec, Czech republic (TUL), Chiang Mai University, Thailand (CMU), Naresuan University, Thailand (NU) and Mae Fah Luang, Thailand (MFU). The overarching objective of the proposed joint exchange programme is to establish long-term stable research cooperation between all partners.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 039 600,00
Aston triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
United Kingdom

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West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

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