J. Sparkes ,
 University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Silk is one of the longest used and most recognizable textiles that we, as a society, use regularly. We see it as a luxury good, worn as an indicator of success and value. However, despite mankind having domesticated and farmed silkworms for millennia, we still know relatively little about the manufacturing process which converts the liquid silk into the fibers we are so familiar with. Increased ...
K. Gandhi ,
 University of California, Riverside, CA, USA
The delivery of chemotherapy for cancer into the central nervous system, in particular the brain, remains a challenge. This results in brain metastases commonly being a cause of death from cancer. Here, we look at the environment of the blood-brain barrier. Then, we explore two proteins (breast cancer resistance protein and p-glycoprotein) that may inhibit the transport of medications (erlotinib ...
Simulating Organogenesis in COMSOL Multiphysics®: Comparison of Methods for Simulating Branching Morphogenesis
L. D. Wittwer , M. Peters , S. Aland , D. Iber ,
 ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
 University of Applied Sciences, Dresden, Germany
Organogenesis, the genesis of organs during embryonic development, is an active research field involving biologists, mathematicians and computational researchers. Fundamental questions of the formation of shape and the control of growth are still not answered. We focus on the development of the embryonic mouse lung and kidney. From all proposed mechanisms, a Turing Pattern-based framework as ...
Numerical Simulations Demonstrate Safe Vitrification and Warming of Embryos Using the Rapid-i™ Device
B.O.J. Johansson, Y.A. Tarakanov, H.J. Lehmann, and S.P. Apell
Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Vitrolife Sweden AB, Västra Frölunda, Sweden
During cryopreservation of human embryos, ice crystal formation in the embryos or in surrounding media may cause cryodamage to them and can be lethal. A strategy to avoid this is the vitrification procedure when the embryo and the surrounding medium undergo the transition to glassy state rather than a crystalline one during cooling. Similarly, recrystallization in the embryo or the medium must ...
P. Pattanaik, S. K. Kamilla, D. P. Das, S. K. Pradhan
MEMS Design Center, Institute of Technical Education & Research (ITER), Sikhya ‘O’ Anushandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Process Engineering and Instrumentation Lab, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Dept of ECE, Hi-Tech Institute of Technology, Khurda, Odisha, India
This paper describes the design of an ultrasonic transducer using different lead free piezo-electric materials and evaluates their performance with different glucose levels in the human blood. COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2a was used for the simulation study using 2D axis symmetric model of piezoelectric transducer which was designed with lead free piezoelectric materials such as Barium Sodium Niobate ...
Investigation of the Effect of Spinal Defects on Spondylolysis and Stress Fracture of Vertebral Bodies
M.S. Yeoman, C. Quah, A. Cizinauskas, K. Cooper, D. McNally, B. Boszczyk
Continuum Blue, Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach, United Kingdom
The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Bioengineering Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Spondylolysis (SL) is a defect of the spinal vertebra, and is typically caused by stress fracture of the pars interarticularis bone of the vertebral arch. It is especially common in adolescents who over train in sporting activities. Spina bifida occulta (SBO) is a malformation of the spine where the protruding vertebral bodies are not fully formed. In this study we demonstrate the predisposition ...
J. C. Kumaradas, A. Zhang, Y. D. Davletshin
Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Tremendous progress is being made in the integration of nanoparticles into micro-analytical systems for biosensing. These materials are shown to enhance the analyte capture capability of biosensing platforms. We have implemented a computational model that considers the sensor’s geometry, size, analyte concentration and type to predict the number of nucleic acid molecules captured by ...
K. Carlson , J. Arle , J. L. Shils , L. Mei ,
 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
 Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
In 1901 Weiss proposed an equation predicting activation of nerve fibers by electrical stimulation, used in neuroscience and neuromodulation, which applies electric fields to modify nerve behavior in neurological disorders. Weiss’ equation is relative to geometry, electrode array, tissue conductivities, and waveform since it uses electrode amplitude. We replicated a leading calibrated nerve ...
3-D Finite Element Modeling of Brain Edema: Initial Studies on Intracranial Pressure Using COMSOL Multiphysics®
X.G. Li, H. von Holst, J. Ho, and S. Kleiven
Division of Neuronic Engineering, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Brain edema is one of the most common consequences of serious traumatic brain injuries which is usually accompanied with increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP) due to water content increment. A three dimensional finite element model of brain edema is used to study intracranial pressure in this paper. Three different boundary conditions at the end of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) were used to ...
A. Chanda, A.R. Choudhury, G. Ray, K. Dasgupta, and D. Nag
Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Atherosclerosis in arteries is caused by the formation of stenosis : fatty depositions, on the artery wall. In current medicine, the practice is to observe the maximum percentage occlusion at any arbitrary cross-section and diagnose the patient on that basis, which might not always present the real picture due to non-uniformity of the stenosis thickness. The present work attempts to simulate the ...