06 September 2011
06 September 2011
Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fund a project involving the National Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR).
According to the University, CIBOR has received previous start-up funding grants from the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the Knight Foundation, and is currently working on projects for external clients, but this is the organisation’s first grant for a government project. “The receipt of the DoD grant is a milestone for CIBOR. It verifies the organisation is making great strides and utilizing its start-up funding to full advantage,” said David McDonald, Associate Provost for Research at Wichita State and CIBOR Secretary and Treasurer. “I anticipate this is the first of many significant government and industry-funded projects.”
The University says that the funded CIBOR project is focused on the development of a fast-setting composite stabilisation device for battlefield use. “The research team has been working toward funding for this project since CIBOR’s inception,” said Richard Sullivan, CIBOR President and CEO. “It has great potential to improve the process of battlefield stabilisation, help reduce battlefield casualties and improve recovery time for our military personnel.”
The University explains that most injuries can be attributed to the use of modern body armour, which protects vital organs, but has resulted in a pattern of battlefield injuries that concentrate trauma to the extremities. This is particularly apparent for improvised explosive device injuries, which result in extensive tissue damage, high risk of contamination and a requirement for orthopaedic treatment in over half of the casualties. Inadequate fixation of unstable fractures can result in further damage to the vasculature and nervous system during transport, which may ultimately result in amputation of an injured limb that would have otherwise had a reasonable salvage potential.
They say the project is slated for a 2-year timeline and will include a research phase, prototype testing, functional testing, biomechanical testing and biological evaluation.