SEMINAR: Arterial Compliance Measurements: Windkessel Models Oversimplify

Dr. Robert J. Bert PhD, MD
When Feb 28, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Vogt Bldg., RM 311
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Contact Phone 852-7485
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SEMINAR: Windkessels, named after early fire department equipment, are linear system fluid mechanic models that have a long history of use modeling the human cardiovascular system. Human vascular trees, however, are not made up of passive elements that simply respond elastically to pressure waves. Rather, their walls contain smooth muscle capable of exerting exogenous energy into the system, acting as pumps augmenting flow. We have directly measured compliance at the carotid bifurcation and compared the results to Windkessel model predictions. Direct measurements showed compliance characteristics at variance with modeling predictions.

SPEAKER: Dr. Robert Bert is an Associate Professor of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Louisville. Dr. Bert has been a faculty member in the School of Medicine, University of Louisville, since 2013. He completed a Radiology residency at the Univ. of MA Medical Center and Neuroradiology Fellowship at Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Bert’s research interests have centered on fluid mechanics in human systems, from the molecular to systemic levels.