ERC Starting Grants
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Dr K. (Klazina) Kooiman
Erasmus MC, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Diagnosing and treating bacterial infections on cardiac devices with ultrasound and microbubbles
Bacterial infections on devices that support cardiac function such as a pacemaker, an artificial cardiac valve, or a ventricular assist device, are life-threatening and difficult to diagnose and treat. Dr Klazina Kooiman’s research focuses on developing miniscule gas bubbles that attach themselves to the infection. These microbubbles will vibrate when exposed to ultrasound frequencies. This makes early-stage detection of the infection using an ultrasound possible, and the infection can then be treated. With this new multidisciplinary technique, we expect to see a breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial infections on devices used to support cardiac function.