According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular disease is one of the most common natural causes of death. Every year, it is deadly for around 17 million people worldwide. The Peter Dornier Foundation Prize 2022 has now awarded a research work that is to improve the medical care of people with insufficient heart valve function in the future and prolong the patients' lives.
If a heart valve gets out of step, patients usually get artificial-mechanical or biological valves as a replacement. Mathis Bruns at the Institute for Textile Machinery and High-Performance Textile Materials Technology (ITM) at the TU Dresden/Germany, is researching an implant alternative made of fabric.
As part of a research project that also involved heart surgeons from the Dresden Heart Center and the University Hospital in Würzburg/Germany, Bruns provided important findings for weaving an artificial heart valve in his diploma thesis. For his work entitled "Development of tubular structures with integrated valve function", he received the Peter Dornier Foundation Prize 2022, endowed with €5,000, in July 2022.
The Peter Dornier Foundation Prize was the idea of Peter Dornier (1917-2002), founder of Lindauer Dornier GmbH, Lindau/Germany. Since 2021, the prize is awarded annually for excellent scientific work by young people in the fields of textile technology, film stretching technology and composites as well as aviation. A wide variety of medical products have always been produced on Dornier weaving machines. Customers use them to produce fabrics for bandages, prostheses, blood filters and orthoses among other things.