The research at the Department of Biomedical Engineering is highly translational due to a large number of joint research projects with the University Hospital, the University Children’s Hospital adna growing number of other institutions and partners. This interdisciplinary endeavor is taking place in four focal areas and four core facilities as listed below. The current Flagship Project of the department aims to develop a robotic endoscope to perform contact-free bone surgery with laser light (MIRACLE, short for Minimally Invasive Robot-Assisted Computer-guided LaserosteotomE).
The Focal Area Biomechanics and Biomaterials concentrates on projects with a focus on the mechanics of body movement in a broad sense as well as the development of new hybrid materials. The Focal Area Imaging, Modelling and Diagnosis is designed as a forum for projects concerned with the products and use of diagnostic tools and medical imaging. The Focal Area Medical Laser and Robotics offers ground for projects at the interface between robotic engineering and the use of laser in medical surgery. The fourth Focal Area Regenerative Surgery serves to bring together projects concerned with research and clinical applications aiming to repair, replace, or regenerate tissues or organs. Please see also a number of factsheets of the Focal Areas and a number of research projects.
All these projects are supported by three Core Faciilities, one, the Core Facility MiNA, providing access to state-of-the-art X-Ray systems for in-house imaging, our 3D Print Lab, enabling 3D-printing for surgeons and researchers for a long range of different purposes, and the Core Facility Microcalorimetry, that provides servicds for scientific and business partners in detecting metabolic activities in many different materials. In addition a Service Unit Material Testing provides the infrastructure and the know how for testing biological and medical materials. Combining these facilities and research foci, the DBE offers fascinating possibilities in biomedical engineering.
To create an awareness of good scientific practice and to be prepared for cases of unethical behavior in academia, the President’s Board of the University of Basel issued guidelines on integrity and academic misconduct in 2006 (updated version May 2018). For further information for Good Practice in Research and contact details of the University Integrity Ombudsman, click here.