UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, UK
The Principal investigator of the project, Dr Amir Keshmiri is a Lecturer in Thermofluids and the Director of Business Engagement in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. Dr Keshmiri’s PhD was in computational modelling of coolant flows in the core of nuclear reactors. This project was first initiated in a conversation between Dr Keshmiri and Prof Mark Slevin from Manchester Metropolitan University (see below) in 2014.
MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY (MMU), UK
Chair in Cell Pathology in the School of Healthcare Science, MMU. Prof Slevin is the director of Centre for Biomedicine at MMU with extensive experience in cardiovascular diseases. Prof Slevin’s role in the project was vital in providing technical input from the vascular biology and tissue engineering perspective. Through his extensive academic and research experience, he was also key in brining valuable clinical and non-clinical individuals to the project and to make sure the proposed bypass graft is a viable solution in the current the healthcare market.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, USA
Dr Foad Kabinejadian is a Research Fellow in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan. He is an expert in cardiovascular biomechanics and design of medical devices and is the inventor of a novel Coronary Artery Bypass Graft ‘coupled sequential anastomoses’ design and inventor of a novel membrane design for carotid covered stents. Dr Kabinejadian has been working closely with Dr Keshmiri and the team in optimising the design of the spiral-inducing graft and conducted numerous computational simulations in order to achieve the best configuration.
ICCC CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT SANT PAU HOSPITAL, BARCELONA, SPAIN
Prof Lina Badimon is the Director of Cardiovascular Research Centre, Barcelona. Prof Badimon has published over 400 articles in the area of atherosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular pathology. This world-leading research centre was the main medical partner in this project and provided invaluable clinical input to the research and its dissemination. In 2015, as part of the EPSRC grant, Dr Amir Keshmiri spent 3 months at this cardiovascular research institute and Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona to work closely with Prof Badimon and several cardiovascular surgeons to investigate the clinical and surgical aspects of the proposed helical graft.
MEDICAL SIMULATION TECHNOLOGIES (MST), LONDON, UK
MST Limited, led by Dr Michael McElroy has expertise in translating different medical image modalities such as Computerised Tomography (CT), MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), 4D MRI, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Ultrasound into Computer Aided Design (CAD) files which can subsequently be used for computational simulations purposes. The specific codes/algorithms used in this project were provided by MST Limited.