Arterial Conditions Using Non-invasive Pulse Wave information
Professor Ahmed Al-Jumaily
Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow; Laboratory of Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Technology, EPFL; Director, Institute of Biomedical Technologies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
11:00 am, June 20th, 2013 (Thursday)
Phillips Hall 736
Arterial diseases are major contributing factors to death and disability worldwide. Catheter angiography is widely used for diagnosing patients who suffer from these diseases. Apart from the various risk factors and side effects associated with such a technique, there are high costs involved. Non-invasive techniques such as MRI and ultrasound are expensive and require lengthy procedures. This presentation highlights some engineering initiatives on developing safe and non-invasive relatively inexpensive diagnostic tools. The simulation of various diseases using computational fluid dynamics and tracing the acoustic information carried by the propagation and reflection of arterial pulse waves in the systemic arteries will form the basis for this new technology. Statistical analyses on clinical data are used to validate the models as well as to correlate the peripheral load parameters with patient’s age and height.
Ahmed M. Al-Jumaily is currently a Professor of Biomechanical Engineering and the Director of the Institute of Biomedical Technologies at the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand (NZ). He holds a PhD and M.Sc. from the Ohio State University, USA and a B.Sc. from the University of Baghdad. He is a Fellow member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), and a member of 11 more international professional societies. He is the Editor of the ASME monograph series-Biomedical and Nanomedical Technologies, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology and has been on the editorial and refereeing boards for several international journals. He has published more than 270 papers in international journals and conference proceedings including two ASME books on Vibration and Acoustics in Biomedical Applications and a third one on CPAP devices. He has supervised more than 90 postgraduate students in biomedical applications, vibrations, biomechanics, and electroactive polymers. During his academic career he has forged strong alliances between academia and industries; in particular in the medical devices area, which has resulted in many successful grants and contracts with companies and research organizations. Al-Jumaily’s current research focuses on biomedical applications with particular interest in the application of vibration and acoustics to airways constriction therapies and artery non-invasive diagnostics.