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Biomaterials in public health

In Europe, life expectancy at birth has increased approximately four-fold in 300 years. Yet after the age of 40, bones, joints and organs begin to wear out and the incidence of severe disability increases. The resulting healthcare costs and quality-of-life issues are major concerns in an ageing population. Younger people too, can suffer from organ failure or disabling injuries.

To save lives and maintain people's mobility, independence, and quality of life as long as possible, it is necessary to assist, repair or replace parts of the human body. This spells out a need for new surgical tools and new and better biomaterials for medical implants. The European Commission has funded, and continues to fund, promising research in this area.

Examples include: repairing damaged bone or skin; developing bio-hybrid organs; and new tools for complex surgery (the Phidias project).

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