2010-2011

NIH Highlights WPI Research that Could Help Reduce Deaths from Heart Attack and Stroke

The NIH website highlights groundbreaking work on the growth and rupture of arterial plaque led by Dalin Tang, professor of mathematical sciences at WPI.

Research on Arterial Plaque by Professor Dalin Tang Featured on Website of National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The website for the National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, part of the National Institutes of Health, is currently featuring research led by Dalin Tang, professor of mathematical sciences at WPI. Tang’s is the leading research group studying the fluid and mechanical stresses that contribute to the growth and rupture of arterial plaque using computational modeling and histological and medical imaging data from patients.

The aim of the research, which has been funded by the NIH, and National Science Foundation, and other agencies, is to develop diagnostic tools that can help identify which plaques are at risk of rupture (plaque rupture is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke) and give physicians information that can help them better detect and treat cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

Tang, who has been working on this sophisticated research for nearly two decades, is collaborating with researchers and physicians at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Washington University in St. Louis. Among the significant outcomes of the work are three-dimensional fluid-structure interaction (FSI) models that capture, in unprecedented detail, the stresses, strains, and other forces involved in plaque evolution.

  • Learn more at the NIH website.
  • Read more about Professor Tang’s work in WPI’s research magazine.
  • Watch a video about Professor Tang’s research.
  • Learn about the WPI Kalenian Award that will help Professor Tang develop better tools for diagnosing cardiovascular disease.

 

March 3, 2010