5th Symposium on Frontiers in Biomechanics: Mechanics in Infection

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Bacteria and viruses have evolved a variety of strategies to survive and thrive inside the host organism in spite of immune responses by the host to protect them from harmful microbes. These host-pathogen interactions involve key biochemical mediators, many of which are catalyzed by biomechanical reactions and analyzing these processes requires expertise in both microbiology and biomechanics. Our strategy in this Symposium will be to open a wide dialogue between microbiologists studying the evasion and infection mechanisms utilized by microbes and bioengineers and biophysicists who analyze the mechanics underlying cell membrane and cytoplasmic stresses, strain, passive and active motions, molecular interactions and adhesion, migration, and transport in-vivo and in-vitro at various length scales from whole organism motility to molecular conformational dynamics.

A day-long symposium is planned preceding the Annual Fall meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society in Seattle on September 25, 2013. The aim is to engage BMES members and students and raise interest in this important sector of medicine for Biomechanics. The overall goal is to discuss and identify ways in which Biomechanics can facilitate a deeper understanding of infectious diseases and contribute to the development of novel approaches to clinical therapy. We endeavor to produce a Special Issue on Biomechanics of infectious diseases in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.  We especially invite students and post-docs to attend this Frontiers Meeting to present a poster and actively participate in the discussions on this emerging field of investigation in biomechanics.  Abstracts are requested for poster presentation.

Format of Abstract: 500 word limit printed on standard page, Title and author affiliations not included in limit. Please email abstracts to the co-chairs.

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Co-Chairs:  Scott I. Simon, UC Davis and Wendy Thomas, University of Washington


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  • Created By: Colly Mitchell
  • Created: 09/18/2013
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  • Modified: 10/07/2016


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