Geometry, skull growth and brain mechanics

Artificial human skull and brain model. Credit: Shutterstock Professor Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical modelling at Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute and founder of the International Brain Mechanics and Trauma Lab (IBMTL). He talks to ScienceBlog about the key findings from his recently published work ‘Dimensional, Geometrical and Physical Constraints in Skull Growth’, and how…

Your own virtual heart for non-invasive heart diagnostics

Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL mathematician Alfio Quarteroni and his team are building a virtual heart model based on personalized medical images that may one day help cardiologists and cardiac surgeons non-invasively diagnose pathological heart conditions. The team recently modeled and simulated the behavior of a patient’s aortic valve. One day, a virtual…

Malcolm Swan obituary

My friend and colleague Malcolm Swan, who has died aged 64 of a brain tumour, was a driving force in the international movement to improve the teaching of mathematics. Malcolm’s exceptional skill lay in the design of materials that enable maths teachers to turn research insights into happy learning in their classrooms. He did this…

Finding mental disorders with math

Ying Guo and her colleagues in the Center for Biomedical Imaging Statistics collaborate with researchers, many from the school of medicine, who are trying to understand the underlying brain anomalies of mental disorders. Credit: Emory University What if a brain scan could detect the presence of a mental disorder even before symptoms have emerged? Or…