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Digital Breaths: The Benefits of Bioengineering

Digital Breaths: The Benefits of Bioengineering, Professor Merryn Tawhai

Digital Breaths: The Benefits of Bioengineering
RSNZ Lecture

Digital Breaths: The Benefits of Bioengineering


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 the search for better methods to diagnose and treat lung disease, particularly in the context of the aging.

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Image caption: Dr Merryn Tawhai, image supplied