Under the direction of Dr. William
Federspiel, the Medical Devices Laboratory is developing
clinically significant devices for the treatment of
pulmonary and cardiovascular ailments by utilizing
engineering principles of fluid flow and mass transfer.
Advancement of novel respiratory support devices is
being conducted for the treatment of acute and acute-on-chronic
lung failure. Also, medical devices utilizing membrane
and particle based adsorption technologies for the
removal of targeted solutes from whole blood is an
ongoing effort which will aid in the treatment of pathogenic
Computer simulation, transport analyses,
and engineering modeling are being employed to aid
in the design and development of these devices to optimize
their performance to both help the patient and facilitate
the needs of the clinical end user.
The Medical Devices Laboratory is
working to improve medical devices by combining the
expertise and strengths of academic institutions and
industrial partners through collaborative efforts.
Translation of laboratory research into formal product
development and clinical trials is a primary focus
of the laboratory in order for the technological advancements
to be utilized clinically to benefit those in need.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative
University of Pittsburgh
3025 East Carson Street Room 226
Pittsburgh, PA 15203