Dr Kiara Bruggeman. Photo by Jamie Kidston.

Dr Kiara Bruggeman. Photo by Jamie Kidston.

New help for stroke victims

A day in the life: Dr Kiara Bruggeman

Biomedical Engineer Dr Kiara Bruggeman, PhD ’17, has developed a new type of hydrogel, a material that mimics healthy brain tissue. This new technology could be used in stroke patients to administer drugs directly to the damaged area of the brain. These drugs have traditionally been administered by a permanent needle or canula, which the brain doesn’t recognise. By mimicking healthy brain tissue, the hydrogel allows the drugs to be readily accepted by the brain. Here’s a day in her life.

5.50am

Wake up and walk my dog. She’s a Papillion (French for butterfly– their giant ears make their faces look like butterflies) called Eunoia, who is eight and a half years old and from Canada like me – I brought her here with me through quarantine.  

6.30am

Walk to the gym, managing to dodge Canberra’s constantly shifting light rail construction.7am Time for the first gym session of the day, I go to F45 which is a bit of a circuit training cult. Building lots of muscle tissue before going to work to build the brain tissue. My personal best deadlift is 100 kg, but I’ve only done up to 70 kg in the circuit and I can deadlift my gym buddy. (I have video proof!)