Looks like you’re on the UK site. Choose another location to see content specific to your location

New nanotech system mimics blood-brain barrier for research

9th February 2018

A new method of replicating the blood-brain barrier in a research model has been developed using nanotechnology.

Researchers at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia have fabricated an artificial device reproducing a 1:1 scale model of the blood-brain barrier. The device combines artificial components made with 3D advanced microfabrication techniques and biological endothelial cells.

Mimicking the brain microcapillaries, the model consists of a microfluidic system of 50 parallel cylindrical channels connected by junctions and pores, with endothelial cells building a biological barrier. Fluids can pass through it at the same pressure as blood in brain vessels.

This could represent an important new tool for studying therapeutic strategies to overcome the blood-brain barrier and treat brain diseases that target the central nervous system.

The ultimate goal will be to find new approaches for the treatment of brain cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis.

With over 20 years of experience within the service engineering market, we at Zenopa have the knowledge, skills and expertise to help find the right job for you. To find out more about the current service engineering roles we have available, you can search for the latest job roles, register your details, or contact the team today.

We currently have 6 jobs available in Pharmacy industry, find your perfect one now.

Stay informed

Receive the latest industry news, Tips
and straight to your inbox.