John LaRocco

is creating neurotechnology and life support research.

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      About John LaRocco

      Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 31% of global deaths.

      The economic consequences can be as immense, due to the medical expenditure required in both developed and developing countries.

      For many patients, transplants are in short supply.

      Artificial hearts have existed since the 1970s, and devices like vascular assistive pumps and pacemakers are increasingly commonplace. So, what about patients in need of lung replacement?

      Even in hospitals, extracorporeal life support for cardiopulmonary bypass is a complex, sensitive procedure that has a ~50% patient mortality rate and can cause brain damage in up to ~40% of survivors.

      I believe there is another way. I am investigating a novel method for blood reoxygenation, which work for both active patients and in acute care.

      I would like to use this to investigate long-term extracorporeal life support, in the context of neural engineering.

      Results would have large impacts for life support technology and artificial organs.

      Help me make this a reality.

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      A modest basic income that would allow me to focus on research full time.
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