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Žiga Donik: Use of Computer Simulations in Medicine

November 09, 2022 | 7:00 pm | Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor

ASEF, in cooperation with the Student Council of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Maribor, is organizing a popular science lecture, which will be held on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. by Žiga Donik, an ASEF junior fellow of the 2022 generation and a doctoral student at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Maribor. The lecture is entitled “Usage of computer simulations in medicine” and will be held at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor.

REGISTRATION

To attend the lecture, you must register by November 9, no later than 6 p.m.

ABOUT THE LECTURE

With modern computer numerical methods, we can simulate many complex mechanical processes in the body. One of the applications is the structural simulations of endovascular procedures, especially the insertion of vascular stents. The field is very topical since cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world. Based on computer analysis, we can gain insight into the mechanical response of soft tissues, which can be the basis for planning interventions or improving medical devices. In the lecture, the methods used for simulations in medicine will be presented, and the process of analyzing the insertion of a vascular stent and the diseases that can be treated in this way will be presented in more detail.

ABOUT THE LECTURER

Žiga Donik is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s studies in mechanical engineering, and now he mainly deals with the implementation of structural computer simulations, the design and development of vascular braces. As part of his ASEF fellowship he visited dr. Luka Pocivavsek, at the University of Chicago, where he became better acquainted with the multidisciplinary field of biomechanics and the problem of vascular diseases. As part of the visit, he developed methods for computer analysis of the insertion of vascular stents.

ASEF YOUNG MINDS

ASEF Young Minds is a series of popular science lectures, which encourages young people to present their research work and experience gained within the framework of the ASEF fellowship program in a way that is accessible and understandable to the general public. In the project, ASEF connects with local organizations that operate in the places where the lecturers come from. The aim of cooperation is to connect and integrate young learners into the local Slovenian environment.

ASEF connects and unites Slovenian scientists and academics all over the world.

The project is supported by the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth and the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenes Abroad and the World.

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