Arteries are given a face-lift

DiscovHER Julie Lafaurie-Janvore, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science 2015 French Fellow and Doctorate Student at the Laboratoire d’Hydrodynamique at the Ecole Polytechnique.

Myocardial infarction or stroke: these two illnesses, prevalent due to our lifestyles, are direct complications of atherosclerosis, a disease that narrows the internal diameter of the arteries. Placing a stent, a small spring that opens the obstructed artery and holds it open, results in the immediate restoration of the blood flow, but with the major inconvenience of damaging the inner walls of the arteries. There is no existing solution today to aid healing. 

Doctorate student Julie Lafaurie-Janvore at the Laboratoire d’Hydrodynamique at the Ecole Polytechnique, proposes using micrometric adhesive strips to help the cells near the wound to recolonise the wounded area. Her definition of research? “It is the only place where we are confronted with the limits of our knowledge and where we can try to push those limits, even just a little bit”, she says enthusiastically. Her work may contribute to improving the long-term effectiveness of stent implants.

My grandfather died after a stroke from complications with this disease – athérosclérose - and unfortunately it is very common. Most of the myocardial infarctus and most of the strokes are complications of these plaques, which block vessels. It makes me even more determined 


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