The graphene fibres are a new class of fibre materials called a “sutrode”. Half the width of a human hair, these fibres are safe, efficient and can be implanted with no risk of toxicity.
“Spun graphene fibres are coming to deal with diabetes, heart disease and more, and they’re totally non-toxic. These things seem to be ideal for chronic diseases.
University of Wollongong in Australia and the University of Texas at Dallas are developing materials to deliver targeted treatments. These materials are called “electroceuticals”, and they’re used to deliver electrical stimulation for tissues and organs. This includes restoration of function in neural tissues. These are (huge issues in dysfunction-causing disease and pain management, to name but two of many conditions.
The idea is to develop implantable structures which can deliver onsite treatment and support where needed. Implants, however, come with a few possible issues, not least of which is the potential toxicity of metals used as electrodes. This problem has been overcome by the development of the first of a new class of fibre materials called a “sutrode”. Half the width of a human hair, these fibres are safe, efficient and can be implanted with no risk of toxicity.
Researchers are calling it “unprecedented” in terms of its ability to access and stimulate nerves. In effect, the new fibres can turn a neural dysfunction in to a re-routed, healthy function.
Another major plus is the ability to reconnect damaged nerves. That’s exceptionally good news for neurology patients worldwide. Nerves grow extremely slowly, and disconnections can be very painful and debilitating.
This has been achieved after a rather mindboggling mere 2 years of research…
I’m hoping that people will understand how important, and how revolutionary, this research can be. Neurology is a super-tough science, and this is the tool it needs for treatment, research and development. It’s infinitely more efficient than any existing option. Neurosurgeons, who seem to live on the hopes of hard work, finally have a technology which can do what they need to do. The future could be and probably will be spectacular….”
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Sources: Digital Journal, Paul Wallis
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Image: Distinguished Professor Gordon Wallace, Kezhong Wang and Doctor Mario Romero Ortega with the sutrode. From Spinning medical gold: The fibre aiming to treat illnesses without drugs ““The not-so-secret ingredient in the sutrode is graphene,” Distinguished Professor Wallace says.”