Multiphysics Modeling of Cellular Arrays Using Periodic Minimal Surfaces – A Drug and Gene Delivery Application
J.I. Rey, A.J. Llewellyn, R.J. Connolly, J.P. Jimenez, A.M. Hoff, and R.A. Gilbert
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Minimal surfaces are found in nature from crystalline structures to biological nano and micro structures such as biomembranes, and osseous formations in sea urchin. An application to electrically mediated drug and gene delivery is presented. Periodic level surfaces which approximate minimal surfaces are used to generate a geometric representation of tissue. A method to create such structures ...
M.S. Yeoman, A. Cizinauskas, C. Lowry, G. Vincent, S. Collins, D. Simpson
Continuum Blue, Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach, United Kingdom
Corin Group, Cirencester, United Kingdom
Imoprhics, Manchester, United Kingdom
Bone resorption around hip stems, in particular periprosthetic bone loss, is a common observation post-operatively. A number of factors influence the amount of bone loss over time and the mechanical environment following total hip replacement (THR) is important. Conventional long stem prostheses have been shown to transfer loads distally, resulting in bone loss of the proximal femur. More ...
The Effects of the Electrical Double Layer on Giant Ionic Currents through Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes
G. Zhang[,][,], S.L. Bearden 
Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
Electrofluidic transport through a single walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) is enhanced by electroosmosis. Electroosmosis is made possible in these devices by the combination of a large slip length within SWCNTs and the interfacial potential at the solution/nanotube interface. A computational model of a SWCNT device was developed using COMSOL Multiphysics to investigate the complete electrical ...
Computationally Assisted Design and Experimental Validation of a Novel ‘Flow-Focussed’ Microfluidics Chip for Generating Monodisperse Microbubbles
M. Conneely, V. Hegde, H. Rolfsnes, A. Mason, D. McLean, C. Main, F.J.D. Smith, W.H.I. McLean, P.A. Campbell
Carnegie Physics Laboratory, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Division of Molecular Medicine, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Whilst initially developed as a diagnostic aid to improve echogenicity in ultrasound imaging, gas-filled lipid microbubbles are now emerging as a next generation \'theranostic\' tool in the medical arena. Here, their therapeutic potential has now been realized through their unique capability to deliver molecular species such as drugs and genes by means of disrupting the cell membrane in response ...
Lowering of the Interstitial Fluid Pressure as a Result of Tissue Compliance Changes during High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Exposure: Insights from a Numerical Model
E. Sassaroli, B. O'Neill 
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX, USA
Interstitial fluid pressure (IFP) is elevated in tumors. Owing to this elevated IFP, the interstitial fluid velocity (IFV) is negligible throughout the tumor but significant near the tumor margin. Any therapeutic strategy that can lower IFP will improve drug convection within the tumor and decrease convection of drugs from the tumor margin. High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been shown ...
O. Henao, V. Gómez, I. De la Pava, J. Sánchez
Grupo Fisiología Celular y Aplicada, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Electroporation is an increase of the cell membrane permeability due to the formation of aqueous pores in it when the cell is under the influence of an intense electric field . The formation of such pores in the membrane can be used to enhance the uptake of chemotherapeutic drugs into the cell in a cancer treatment known as electrochemotherapy . In some cases the direct experimental ...
G. Megali, D. Pellicanò, M. Cacciola, F. Calarco, D. De Carlo, F. Laganà, and F.C. Morabito
DIMET Department, Faculty of Engineering, University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Italy
Constitutive properties of living cells are able to withstand physiological environment as well as mechanical stimuli occurring within and outside the body. We examined fluid flow and Neo-Hookean deformation related to the rolling effect. A mechanical model to describe the cellular adhesion with detachment is here proposed. We developed a finite element analysis, simulating blood cells attached ...
L. Murtomäki, T. Kainuvaara
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Drug therapy of the posterior segment of an eye is very challenging due to the difficult accessibility. Modern drugs often are large molecules, such as peptides, antibodies or oligonucleotides which are administrated, e.g. by intravitreous injections which requires clinical conditions. Computer modeling can be helpful in designing new and less invasive routes of drug administration. COMSOL is ...
Three-Dimensional Finite Element Modeling of Current Density in Maternal Transthoracic Defibrillation
A. Jeremic, J. Potts, E. Khosrowshahli
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
McMaster University Hospital, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Although the cardiac arrest in pregnancy is a rare event it can have significant impact in terms of age of mother, mortality of unborn children and consequently long-term effect. One of the commonly used procedures in resuscitation is defibrillation. With recent advances in understanding pathophysiologies in pregnant women it became more obvious that previous studies should be extended to ...
S. Budar , A. Ritter 
 Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA
In order to achieve an optimized design of the Multi-Lumen Thoracic Catheter (MLTC), fluid dynamics analyses were conducted utilizing COMSOL Multiphysics® software with LiveLink™ for Solidworks®. Lumen placement, diameters, and termination points were adjusted to ensure maximum drainage efficacy. It was determined through this study that even with the additional flow through the access lumen, ...