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Actuators fabricated from soft deformable materials are uniquely suited for cardiac applications because they are inherently less likely to injure body tissues due to mechanical properties in the range of soft tissues, and can be programmed to adapt to biological environments. Recent work in this area has shown the use of soft robotic structures for simulating or augmenting heart function in ex vivo or benchtop models , for augmenting cardiac function in vivo, for delivering biological therapy to the heart, for modulating the in vivo foreign body response, and for structural cardiac repair including closure of appendages, valve repair, coronary stenting or interatrial sensing. The overarching goal of this workshop series is to introduce attendees to the research in this field, through talks from experts in the use of soft robots for high fidelity cardiac simulators, and devices for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Virtual exhibits of both simulators will allow attendees to visualize these tools. An introduction to the systems under development will help promote research in this area, and promote engineering and clinician involvement in their successful clinical translation.

Session 1


In silico and in vitro models for simulating cardiac disease and interventions

Session 2


Interventions for cardiac disease using soft robots