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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.
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.
Our paper entitled “Interstitial growth and remodeling of biological tissues: Tissue composition as state variables” reviews the latest literature of cervical tissue remodeling during pregnancy and details a constitutive remodeling framework for evoling tissue properties based on the evolution of the tissue’s microstructure. This paper was co-authored by Gerard Ateshian and is available online.
Our manuscript detailing the direct measurment of hydraulic permeaility of human cervix tissue is now online at the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering website. See details below:
The work of our collaborators in the Kitajewski lab at the Columbia University Medical Center were featured in a news brief for their groundbreaking work on the Anthrax Toxin Receptor 2 (ANTXR2) protein. Their work explores the importance of cervical extracellular matrix maintenance for a healthy labor and birth.