Printed organs. Cures for schizophrenia and Parkinson’s. Meet the UOW researchers who are using materials science and 3D printing to turn science fiction into medical fact.
When Professor Gordon Wallace started in the materials science field 30 years ago, he thought somebody else would work out how to make the new materials. When nobody came forward, he realised he was going to have to do it himself.
That was the start of a new way of thinking – revolution is not too strong a word – that is quickly leading us into the world of miraculous science fiction, where organs can be produced via 3D printing, where quadriplegics can walk again, where schizophrenia or Parkinson’s become diseases as distant as the plague.
While some of these things are not yet possible, the trajectory of the last five years at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) is so steep that possibility quickly becomes probability.
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