Mathematical Modeling of Craniosynostosis

Speakers: Madeline Anderson, Iowa State University and Jackson Penning, University of Minnesota

Date & Time:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Owens Science Center (OWS 150)

Abstract: Craniosynostosis is a condition where the cranial plates in a newborn’s skull fuse prematurely. In some cases cognitive development is impaired. Impairment is caused by increased intracranial pressure that arises in untreated craniosynostosis. Our research attempts to quantify the effect of craniosynostosis by mathematically modeling the growing skull/brain system and investigating how the fusion of various plates affects pressures in this system. We use the finite element method to solve the model equations, and conclude that for certain growth rates and material properties intracranial pressures rise above the critical value of 15 mmHg.

Video of Jackson and Madeline's talk is available here.

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