Specialists of the First Moscow State Medical University named after Sechenov began to develop an artificial circulatory system for newborns. This is the first project of a new subdivision of the Sechenov University – the Institute of Bionic Technologies and Engineering, which opened in March. The work is carried out jointly with the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET).
Scientists will begin to work on an artificial blood circulation system this month. As Dmitry Telyshev, director of the Institute of Bionic Technologies and Engineering, told “Izvestia”, several thousand babies with heart defects are born every year in Russia, and this system can help them.
Earlier, under the leadership of Telyshev, MIET successfully created an artificial heart and an auxiliary circulatory system for children. This experience will form the basis of a new project, which has not an analog in the world.
The developers explained that an artificial ventricle acting as a pump will be connected to an external power source.
The head of the emergency surgery of congenital heart disease in children department of the Bakulev Center for Cardiovascular Surgery, Konstantin Shatalov, believes that this system is necessary for Russian public health. Shatalov said that “This device will be necessary for newborns and children weighing from 5 to 40 kg. The currently existing artificial ventricle is used only for children weighing 40 kg. ”
Now, scientists are preparing for the first stage of development – creating a model of artificial blood circulation. If tests will be successful in the laboratory, the researchers switch to animal testing.