2018 New Zealand Research Series

Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering

Professor Merryn Tawhai, The University of Auckland

RSNZ Manawatu Branch June 2018 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 19 June, Palmerston North Central Library, George Street, Palmerston North

An aging population and increase in people living with chronic disease calls for new approaches to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes. Recent advances in imaging, sensor, and communications technologies, combined with innovative bioengineering approaches, has the potential to revolutionise healthcare. However, does New Zealand have the capability to become a world leader in this industry?

Professor Merryn Tawhai explains how each stage of this multi-disciplinary process, from a science discovery through to the applied science and then clinical research, are each critical to developing both technology and devices that can reduce the burden of chronic disease. Merryn’s own research advances computer modelling of the human lung in search of better methods to diagnose and treat lung disease, particularly in the older generation.

All warmly welcome!