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
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


Start the project

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Preparation activities

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