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Friday November 30, 2018 -- Biomechanics, Vascular Growth and Remodeling, and Grand Challenges in Global Health

SMBB Auditorium 2650, 11:45 am

Speaker: Rudy Gleason, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Presentation Abstract:

For someone raised in the United States, the statistics that quantify poverty, disease, and mortality in the developing world are difficult to comprehend. Although the statistics are improving, in 2008, 1 out of every 10 children born in sub-Saharan Africa die before their 5th birthday; malnutrition is associated with 50% of these childhood deaths; hundreds of millions lack secure access to nutritious food and clean water; two-thirds of the world’s HIV-infected population and over 90% of the worlds HIV-infected children reside in sub-Saharan Africa. The gap in diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases in developing countries is, perhaps, even greater. For example, whereas therapy for HIV is available at no cost to most patients, the high cost and lack of skilled professionals to diagnosis and treat cardiovascular complications limits therapy to a very small fraction of the population. Over the past nine years, the Gleason lab has sought to develop innovative research activities and educational opportunities at the interface of Global Health and Bioengineering. This talk will focus on (i) vascular biomechanics and growth & remodeling in large arteries and lymphatics, (ii) HIV, antiretroviral therapy, growth & remodeling, and early on-set vascular disease and (iii) development of low-cost biomedical devices for the developing world.

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