A University of Arkansas research team has received a $135,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the impacts of traumatic brain injury and neurological diseases, using “organ-on-a-chip” technology.
This grant is a sub-award from Fayetteville company Nanomatronix and is part of the Small Business Technology Transfer program. The University of Arkansas team will be led by biomedical engineering associate professor Kartik Balachandran.
“This grant was obtained in partnership with Nanomatronix LLC, which is located within the Engineering Research Center’s tech hub,” Balachandran said. “The university’s Technology Ventures office has assisted in filing a provisional patent for the chip technology developed in our lab, and we expect full patent filing will be done in 2021.”
The researchers will focus on the impact of brain injuries on the blood-brain barrier, using a microfluidic cell culture chip to stimulate the barrier. This research aims to increase understanding of how the body responds to brain injuries and develop new technology to study potential treatments.