Modelling embolic stroke with statistical physics

I am currently developing a model of how air bubbles and solid matter in the bloodstream (emboli) interact with blood-flow in the brain. This work may lead to virtual patient warning systems for clinical procedures. I collaborate with Emma Chung and other researchers at the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester.

In the model, emboli move on a branching tree with fractal properties that represents the arteries (the fractal characteristics lead to a vasculature that effectively fills all space and so can supply all tissue). An effective interaction forms between blockages and new emboli because blood cannot flow in the direction of blockages. In clinical procedures such as open heart surgery, large numbers of emboli (e.g. blood clots) can be formed, so aspects of stroke have a many particle character. This interaction can lead to more severe stroke symptoms.

Jim Hague is a Senior Lecturer in Physics at the Open University in the UK. His main research interest is many body physics (both quantum and classical). He works on problems in biophysics, condensed matter theory and cold atoms. Jim teaches a wide range of physics topics, including relativity theory, electromagnetism and quantum physics.
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