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Collaborative project on Biomedical Materials brings together researchers from Portugal and China

The research project "Biofunctional coatings for cardiovascular interventional devices", presented by researchers Cristina Martins, from the National Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Jian Ji, from Zhejiang University was selected following the Call of exploratory projects promoted by the Portugal-China Joint Innovation Centre in Advanced Materials.

From April to May 2013, FCT and the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China (MOST) received applications for collaborative projects in the areas of Biomedical Materials, Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials, Sustainable Materials and Materials for Energy. Thirteen joint applications were evaluated and one project was selected, which will run for one year with funding of 100 thousand euros.

The selected project aims to develop a new generation of coatings on devices used in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Considered one of the leading causes of death and disability, cardiovascular diseases affect millions of people worldwide, with China registering more than 10 million new patients per year. Controlling inflammation caused by mechanical damage during treatment and promoting blood vessel healing through the type of coating used, and enabling the reduction of infections caused by catheter use through the use of antifungal coatings are some of the issues raised in this project.

The research team of the selected project already has more than a decade of collaboration, starting in 1997 with the project "Blood contact materials", under the China-Portugal Sci & Tech agreement. The institutions associated with the project are joined by the companies Zhejiang Zylox Medical Device (China), Matera (Portugal) and IPATIMUP.