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Medical implants are often thwarted as the body grows tissue to defend itself. She may have found a drug-free fix for the problem

Eimear Dolan

AGE: 32
AFFILIATION: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
COUNTRY OF BIRTH: IRELAND
When Eimear Dolan first worked to develop implantable medical devices to treat type 1 diabetes, she and her colleagues had to overcome a common roadblock. Their problem was one that’s long dogged makers of devices like pacemakers, insulin delivery systems, and breast implants: when the body senses an implanted foreign object, it constructs a protective wall of fibrous tissue. This reaction, known as the foreign body response, is one of the main reasons medical implants fail.

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