At the heart of Brian Tighe‘s contribution to The New Optimists, is the inspiring and in many ways astounding story of how contact lenses were invented, a testament to the persistence and invention of scientists.
Professor Tighe is leader of Biomaterials Research at Aston University. His own research focuses on the design, synthesis and applications of biomedical polymers, a significant proportion of which are hydrogels, a term frequently used to describe polymers swollen with water. Current interests include novel materials for ophthalmic applications, drug delivery systems, bioadhesive polymers, synthetic materials for articular cartilage, lung surfactant and cornea. The research is interdisciplinary and involves strong interactive connections with relevant industrial companies.