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Biophysics of the vasculature
The microcirculation consists of a network of blood vessels less than100µm in diameter. The structure of the network varies between organs, but it is highly adapted to effect the efficient exchange of nutrients and metabolites between blood and tissue. The flow of blood is influenced by its particulate nature, by interactions with the vessel wall and from the ability of the vessels to change their caliber in response to nerve, chemical and even fluid mechanical signals. There is also a lymphatic circulation into which fluid and solutes passing through the capillary walls into the extracellular matrix is drained and pumped, though a series of "lymph hearts", back into the systemic circulation. Our group is concerned with biophysical aspects of normal microvascular function and, increasingly, with the abnormalities associated with conditions such as diabetes and sepsis.
Current research includes:
Much of this work is carried out in collaboration with colleagues at the Peninsula Medical School through the Interthematic Network for Vascular Biophysics and Human Function, and derives support from experimental techniques developed by the Biophotonics Group.