Prof. Richard Normann describes the UEA, which was designed for a variety of clinical applications and is used to study parallel processing by the central and the peripheral nervous system.
The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah, established in 1974, is an internationally renowned center of interdisciplinary basic and applied medically related research. It has a rich history in artificial organs including the heart-lung machine, the intra-aortic balloon pump heart assist device, the artificial eye, the artificial heart and the dialysis machine, the first of which was engineered out of sausage casing and part of a Ford automobile water pump during WWII by Willem Kolff. Additionally, the department has a history of developments in biomaterials, drug delivery and entrepreneurial activity. Current research activities of the department include biobased engineering, biosensors, medical imaging, biomaterials, biomechanics, computation/modeling, drug/gene delivery, neural interfaces, computational bioengineering, tissue engineering and other specialty areas.
Among these strong areas of research, five current initiatives are particularly noteworthy: