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In support of the UN’s Sustainable Development goal of good health and wellbeing, we hear from the researchers impacting healthcare through engineering research that’s available to everyone via open access.

Find out more about publishing your research open access here.

Testimonials: we asked authors what open access means to them


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A numerical study on the effects of spatial and temporal discretization in cardiac electrophysiology
Lucas A. Woodworth, Barış Cansız, Michael Kaliske
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
How might the research in this paper impact society?

“Insight from this research could be used to develop more efficient computer models of the heart. This could make the simulation of the heart more viable to assist cardiologists in the diagnosis and treatment of patients”

What are your thoughts on research being open access?

“We are very pleased that our research is available without any cost to everybody. In that way, more researchers can benefit from the paper without any difficulty”

Michael Kaliske
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Do-it-yourself as a means for making assistive technology accessible to elderly people: Evidence from the ICARE project
Tobias Mettler, Stephan Daurer, Michael A. Bächle, Andreas Judt
Information Systems Journal
How might the research in this paper impact society?

“We present the design of a remote monitoring solution which can be applied in the context of home care. Anyone can download our code and there are also some video instructions how to assemble this system with low-cost, off-the-shelf components. In this way, we enable people with a small budget to still benefit from the advantages of technological developments”

What are your thoughts on research being open access?

“The whole project idea started from the spirit of open source and unconditional sharing of our efforts. It was only logical that we also wanted to make the scientific articles freely available to everyone. Especially researchers from developing countries could benefit from our results”

Tobias Mettler
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Translating Therapeutic Microgels into Clinical Applications
Yonca Kittel, Alexander J. C. Kuehne, Laura De Laporte
Advanced Healthcare Materials
What drives you to publish research in this field?

“Hearing from medical doctors and biologists which problems remain unanswered in their fields and what are the needs in the clinic, is what drives us to work together at this interface between different disciplines. To find creative material solutions to these questions often requires microgels as a key ingredient.”

What are your thoughts on research being open access?

“Sharing scientific findings with the public is of extreme importance to inform everyone what is being achieved with research funds. This is important for all stakeholders, like the HealthCare community, patients, companies, legislation, but also for other researchers to further build onto these results. Science can bring people together and show the importance and impact of working together with a common goal to improve life quality”

Laura De Laporte
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T-Cup: A Cheap, Rapid, and Simple Home Device for Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification
Aldrik H. Velders, Michel Ossendrijver, Bart J. F. Keijser, Vittorio Saggiomo
Global Challenges
How might the research in this paper impact society?

“The T-Cup is an extremely simple device for nucleic acid detection which can be used by anyone, requiring only water and a way to boil it. . . [it’s] not only for SARS-CoV-2, but we are now using it to detect Malaria, Leishmaniasis, Schistosomiasis, and other neglected tropical diseases”

What are your thoughts on research being open access?

“I strongly believe in Open Access, especially for research which should be replicated and reproduced by anyone, not only research laboratories and universities”

Vittorio Saggiomo
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Hydrogels for Engineering the Immune System
Xianlei Li, Yufeng Shou, Andy Tay
Advanced NanoBiomed Research
What drives you to publish research in this field?

“I am excited about creating new materials and technologies that can allow us to harness the power of our immune system to prevent and treat diseases like cancer”

What are your thoughts on research being open access?

“It's a much-welcomed initiative so that cutting edge research can be read by anyone with an interest (including journalists and science communicators) and not just readers who can pay”

Andy Tay
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Selenium Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications: From Development and Characterization to Therapeutics
Cláudio Ferro, Helena F. Florindo, Hélder A. Santos
Advanced Healthcare Materials
How might this review paper impact society?

“Our review guides the reader through the properties of selenium nanoparticles and their high potential to be commercialized for the treatment of several diseases”

What are your thoughts on research being open access?

“This will increase the impact of our research by ensuring a vast dissemination of our findings, which will support other researchers to move faster in their own scientific endeavours and to disseminate the content to a wider audience, also outside the academic world”

Helder Santos
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Designing Biomaterial Platforms for Cardiac Tissue and Disease Modeling
Andrew House, Iren Atalla, Eun Jung Lee, Murat Guvendiren
Advanced NanoBiomed Research
How might the research in this paper impact society?

“We hope that our results will motivate researchers and experts in the field to learn from this manuscript to design devices that better mimic the native cardiac tissue to develop fully functional cardiac models”

What are your thoughts on research being open access?

“I feel very happy about my research being open access as my research is freely accessible to everyone (with an internet access), more visible, and it could reach out to a more diverse audience”

Murat Guvendiren
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A Survey of Visual Analytics for Public Health
Bernhard Preim, Kai Lawonn
Computer Graphics Forum
What drives you to publish research in this field?

“My research is focused on medical applications because my major goal is to contribute to medical research as well as medical diagnosis and treatment and to education in anatomy and surgery”

What are your thoughts on research being open access?

“It is important for me. The research should be as easily accessed as possible”

Bernhard Preim