Translating cardiac models into the clinic

Speaker: Steven Niederer
Affiliation: Biomedical Engineering, King's College London
When: Thursday 12th December 2019
Time: 14:00:00
Abstract: The ability to measure the heart, its shape, its structure and its function across multiple spatial and temporal scales continues to grow. Interpreting this data remains challenging. Computational biophysical models of the heart allow us to quantitatively link and interpret these large disparate data sets within the context of known cardiac physiology and invariable physical constraints. Within these models, we can infer unobservable states, propose and test new hypothesis and predict how systems will respond to challenges increasing our ability to interrogate and understand biological systems. We are increasingly applying this approach to modelling human hearts to investigate clinical applications. In this presentation, I will give an overview on our modelling work simulating anthracycline-induced heart failure, how we are using models of individual patients to study cardiac resynchronisation therapy and how we are using simulations to characterise the anatomy and pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation patients. Finally, I will present some of our preliminary results on simulating the four-chamber heart to begin simulating the interactions between atrial and ventricular function. Contact: This seminar is organized within the ERC-2016-ADG Research project iHEART - An Integrated Heart Model for the simulation of the cardiac function, that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 740132)