Organic electronics for neurodegenerative diseases

Researchers have invented organic electronic materials that will transform the sensing and management of Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Jadranka Travas-sejdic and Professor David Barker
Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall and Professor David Barker at the Celebrating Excellence Awards 2022.

Professors Jadranka Travas-Sejdic and David Barker of the Faculty of Science have developed a new class of organic electronic materials suited for the novel field of bio-electronics, where biology converges with electronics. 

The new materials mimic nature. They are soft, flexible, stretchable, self-healing and adhesive. The so-called skin electronics can measure the health of a person, their muscle and heart activity and be used to deliver the subtle electronic impulses currently used to treat neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson's. The organic electronics offer endless possibilities for new ways to monitor health and treat illness.

Jadranka and David received a Research Excellence Medal at the 2022 Research Excellence Awards for Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland.

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