Artificial heart designers to begin human trials

The French biomedical company Carmat have announced they will begin trials of their artificial heart.
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The device is biocompatible and mimics the actions of the human heart’s contractions using a hydraulically powered membrane. The heart is controlled by tiny micro sensors which make continual adjustments of the blood supply to meet the user’s needs.

Approval has been given to test the heart in patients in Belgium, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Slovenia – candidates are currently being assessed to find a suitable recipient.

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Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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