Bio-Absorbable Flow Diverters for Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms

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Elastase aneurysm models treated with flow diverters built at UB

Develop the next generation of intracranial endo-vascular devices.

Project description

Intracranial aneurysms treatment with metal Flow Diverters is a well-established interventional procedure for sidewall and fusiform aneurysms. Latest reports show total occlusion rates between 70 and 90 percent at three month follow-up, and reduced mortality and morbidity when compared with surgical clipping via craniotomy. In this research project we propose to build a Bio-absorbable Flow Diverter prototype and perform initial in-vivo and in-vitro studies.

Project outcome

  • Improve the current method to create bio-absorbable stent for flow diversion.
  • Perform in-vitro and in-vivo feasibility and effectiveness of the new devices to support further research.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment  Year-long (10-12 months)
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students)
Benefits Academic credit; Work study
Who is eligible All undergraduate students
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Core partners

Project mentor

Ciprian Ionita

Assistant Professor;

Biomedical Engineering

875 Ellicott Street, 8052 Clinical Translation Research Center

Phone: (716) 400-4283



To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Development of a model for the device using electro-spinning technology