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Silvia Salinas Blemker, PhD

Silvia Salinas Blemker, PhD

Biomedical Engineering Research Day 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Daniel Hale Williams Auditorium (McGaw Pavilion)

240 E Huron, Chicago, IL 60611

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

Computational biomedical engineering as a bridge between basic science and medicine

What do speech disorders, cerebral palsy, breathing impairments, and muscular dystrophies all have in common? Other than being health conditions that affect millions of people, these clinical problems all involve impairment in skeletal muscle. Skeletal muscles are extraordinarily adapted motors that enable us to perform many important functions, from walking to sight to speech. From a basic science perspective, we have a sophisticated understanding of the complicated biology and mechanics of skeletal muscle. The translation of this basic biology understanding to medicine is highly limited, which hinders innovation and improvement in treatment approaches. The goal of the Multi-Scale Muscle Mechanophysiology (“M3”) Lab’s research is to develop and experimentally validate multi-scale computational models of skeletal muscle and apply these models to answering questions related to the role of complex muscle biology and mechanics in a variety of clinical problems. In this presentation, I will describe these approaches and describe some recent examples of how computational models of muscle have led to clinically relevant insights.

Learn more about Professor Silvia Salinas Blemker and their research here.