Lukas Capek of the Czech Republic received a Wintec research fellowship for 2017 and is currently worked at the Centre for Engineering and industrial Design during April and May. He is an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Liberec, Department of Textile Technology where he has worked for more than ten years in the field of human biomechanics.
The research fellowship is focused on the biomechanics of human skin with applications in skin-replacement surgery due to burns. The aim of his fellowship is to fill the gap in the knowledge around skin mesher design which is used for burns treatment. Specifically, it analyses current skin meshers and tries to determine the best arrangement and geometry of cutters on a skin mesher that will maximise the expansion of donor skin while minimising the healing time when the donor skin is in place. This research will result in better skin mesher design and thus improve the quality of life of patients requiring skin grafts. The research team comprises Cormac Flynn (CEID) and surgeons from Waikato and Prague (Czech Republic) hospitals.
Lukas also taught at Wintec during his visit and enjoyed it very much. His other goals while in New Zealand were to catch the trophy trout of his life and discover the lovely countryside with his family.