Applied Mathematics Seminar | Anita T. Layton, Understanding Kidney Physiology: A Modeling ApproachExport this event to calendar

Monday, April 3, 2017 — 2:30 PM EDT

MC 5501

Speaker

Professor Anita T. Layton
Duke University

Title

Understanding Kidney Physiology: A Modeling Approach

Abstract

The kidney not only filters metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, it also regulates the body's water balance, electrolyte balance, and acid-base balance, blood pressure, and blood flow. Despite intense research, aspects of kidney functions remain incompletely understood. I will discuss how our group use mathematical analysis and modeling techniques to address a host of previously unanswered questions in renal physiology and pathophysiology: Why is the mammalian kidney so susceptible to hypoxia, despite receiving ~25% of the cardiac output? What are the mechanisms underlying the development of acute kidney injury in a patient who has undergone cardiac surgery performed on cardiopulmonary bypass? How is renal blood flow affected by the interactions between negative and positive feedback mechanisms?

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