Official premiere of short ImaValve film

On Tuesday 16 May Eindhoven University of Technology, together with its partners, presents the short film on the ImaValve research.

ImaValve, literally translated as heart valve of intelligent materials (‘Ima’), is one of the research areas within the strategic Health research field at TU/e. The research focuses on making an impactful improvement in the life of heart-valve patients that currently can only be offered either a mechanical or animal heart valve. These are implants that have to be repeatedly replaced, with all of the health risks this involves and, moreover, condemns the patient to a lifetime of having to take drugs to combat rejection, among other things. Each year around 300,000 patients get a new heart valve. The heart-valve prostheses save lives but around 30% of the patients succumb to problems within ten years. ImaValve is the result of decades of innovative fundamental research into the a living heart valve that is the body’s own and lasts a lifetime. This necessitates just one operation. The aim is to also use this for children with heart disease. As a proud partner, TU/e presents ImaValve, a short film that beautifully portrays the benefit and need of the research. Take a look!ImaValve takes a multidisciplinary approach to combining the expertise and experience required to achieve the ambitions of the project within a four-year period. The project is being coordinated by professor Carlijn Bouten, head of the Soft Tissue Biomechanics & Tissue Engineering department at Eindhoven University of Technology, and funded by the FP7 program of the European Commission.