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5/24/2012 12:03:00 PM
Purdue takes research to Congress for Brain Mapping Day
Jean Paul Allain and Lisa Reece look on Wednesday as doctoral students Emily Walker, left, and Ravi Kempaiah load a sample into growth and modification devices at Purdue University. / By John Terhune/Journal & Courier
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Jean Paul Allain and Lisa Reece look on Wednesday as doctoral students Emily Walker, left, and Ravi Kempaiah load a sample into growth and modification devices at Purdue University. / By John Terhune/Journal & Courier

Eric Weddle, Journal and Courier

Brain aneurysms caused by bomb blasts and other severe trauma could one day be treated by biomedical technology developed at Purdue University.

A team of faculty and students is creating tiny irradiated stents intended to speed up cell formation inside blood vessels to close off the sac-like bulges in the vessels caused by weakening of artery walls.

Jean Paul Allain, an associate professor of nuclear engineering leading the research, today will update Congress in Washington, D.C., on the medical technology for the first Brain Mapping Day. The event is for lawmakers to hear how nanotechnology can be used to treat brain injuries and disease.

Allain’s work is funded with a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Army.

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