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Myers Lab Open Positions Fall 2016

The Myers lab has open graduate research positions in reproductive biomechanics. The job tasks include: the mechanical testing of collagenous tissues, investigating steroid hormone and extracellular matrix biochemistry, hyperelastic material constitutive modeling, analysis of the growth and remodeling of biologic tissues, and finite element modeling. Please contact kmm2233@columbia.edu with your CV if interested.

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New Publication Online – Finite Element Study of Pregnancy

Find our new finite element study of pregnancy on-line in Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. This study calculates the mechanical loading on the cervix for two pregnant patients, using geometry derived from MRI scans and material parameters from our previous experiments.

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New Publications in Press

1. The Mechanical Role of the Cervix in Pregnancy – A Review

2. A Continous Fiber Distribution Material Model for Human Cervix

3. Analyzing Three-Dimensional Ultrastructure of Human Cervical Tissue Using Optical Coherence Tomography

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Preterm Birth Statistics – Updated Nov. 2014

The World Health Organization released new statistics on the rate of preterm birth around the world. The bottom line is preterm birth rates are still high. About 15 million babies are born preterm every year. In 2013 almost 1 million babies died from complications related to preterm birth. Increased knowledge on the cause of preterm and better solutions to prevent it from happening are much needed.

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Collaborative Effort – Columbia Medical Center and School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

The Myers lab is featured in this Summer’s edition of Connections (pages 7-8) – a Newsletter from the Columbia University Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The article details our collaborative relationship with clinicians and scientists to unravel the causes of preterm birth. Here, we discuss how we use our finite elements models of pregnancy to understand how the cervix acts as a mechanical barrier to protect the fetus.

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Myers Lab at World Congress of Biomechanics 2014

The Myers Lab will be presenting 2 podium and 1 poster presentation at this year’s World Congress of Biomechanics in Boston. These presentations will be a part of the Reproductive Biomechanics and FEBio Symposia.

Reproductive Biomechanics Symposium:
1. The Constitutive Modeling of Human Cervical Tissue, presented by Kristin M.Myers
2. Cervical Tissue Remodeling and Collagen Crosslinks in Infection and Non-Infection Based Preterm Birth Mouse Models, presented by Kyoko Yoshida

FEBio Symposium
3. A Finite Element Model of the Female Pelvic Region during Pregnancy, presented by Kristin M. Myers (first author: Michael Fernandez)

Coauthors: Joy Vink, MD, Ronald Wapner, MD, Mala Mahendroo, PhD, Michael Fernandez, Wang (Frank) Yao, Noelia Zork, MD, Serge Cremers, PhD Honfeng Jiang, PhD, & David Paik, MD

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