How The University of Adelaide gave this biomedical engineer his light-bulb moment…
Sam Darvishi spent years trying to decide between engineering and medicine.
Then he discovered the biomedical engineering degree at the University of Adelaide. “I didn’t have a second thought,” he says. “It’s helping the people who really need technology the most.”
Sam combined his passions to develop a brain-computer interface for helping stroke patients regain lost movement.
The first patient to test Sam’s technology improved his hand function by 36% after just five hours of rehabilitation.
“It brought me to tears,” Sam says, “to see the person who had suffered a stroke was able to move his hand far better than when we started.”
Sam’s now working to commercialise his research. His startup, ElectroAutoMedics, is based at the University of Adelaide’s ThincLab, and he’s just been accepted into Australia’s national med-tech start-up accelerator, the Actuator, in Melbourne.
Sam developed his device for his PhD, but the university is now offering Bachelor of Engineering students the chance to major in medical technologies.
Associate Professor Mathias Baumert says it’s perfect for students keen to make a difference.
“In addition to engineering subjects, they also take subjects like physiology and biomedical instrumentation,” he says. “For me it’s very exciting. We can make a real-life impact to another person.”
– Cristy Burne
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Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.