A focus on applications of different realities and structured light in maxillofacial surgery

BIOMET4D researcher, Dr. Santiago Ochandiano from the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón (HGGM) was one of a number of speakers featured as part of the recent Translational Symposium on New Technologies in Maxillofacial Surgery held at H.G.U Gregorio Marañón in Madrid.

Dr. Ochandiano’s presentation, entitled Applications of different realities (virtual, augmented and mixed) and structured light in maxillofacial surgery, focused on the role of BIOMET4D in creating smart 4D biodegradable metallic shape-shifting implants for dynamic tissue restoration.

Dr. Ochandiano is Chief of Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at HGGM and one member of the hospital´s research team working on the European project alongside Dr. Manuél Desco, Dr. Lorena Cusso and Elena Blázquez.

In particular, the talk was centred on the physiopathology of craniosynostosis and its surgical treatment options. Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which the bones in a baby’s skull fuse too early, before the baby’s brain is fully formed. As the baby’s brain grows, the skull can then become misshapen and the condition can lead to a build-up of pressure inside the skull.

Dr. Ochandiano highlighted the ongoing work of BIOMET4D to create the personalised, bioabsorbable shape-morphing implants that researchers hope will prove an effective future treatment for the condition, reducing the need for invasive surgeries and improving patient health outcomes.

You can see our earlier interview with Dr. Ochandiano about his work on the BIOMET4D project, here.

BIOMET4D has received funding from the EIC Pathfinder under grant agreement No 101047008. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA). Neither the European Union nor the EISMEA can be held responsible for them.