Professor Mihai “Mishu” Duduta (MIE) is among the recipients of the Banting Research Foundation’s 2022 Discovery Award. The Discovery Award provides new researchers at Canadian universities and research institutes with a one-year grant of up to $30,000 for innovative health and biomedical research projects. Duduta is among the six award recipients for 2022.
Duduta’s research project is entitled Smart micro-catheters based on electro-mechanical artificial muscles was awarded the University of Toronto 100th Anniversary Discovery of Insulin Banting Award.
The following excerpt from the Banting Research Foundation website describes Duduta’s research project:
Professor Duduta’s team is working to develop solutions to unmet needs with soft robotics, including sensate prosthetics, mechano-therapy, artificial limbs, and endovascualr intervention tools. Smart micro-catheters address a significant clinical need: long endo-vascular interventions because of slow navigation through tortuous anatomy.
With the device, and in collaboration with clinicians, the team will test a medical hypothesis: that the duration of an endovascular intervention can be reduced significantly if the clinician can steer the micro-catheter to navigate sharp turns. The team has also developed a novel fabrication method.
This project will produce a novel steerable catheter and demonstrate functionality in a tortuous anatomy phantom model. The device and performance in relevant anatomy will be used to engage clinicians and apply for additional funding for in vivo testing.