Be still my (virtually) beating heart

16 September 2022 - 15:00

Queen's Building, Lecture Theatre 1.10, De Montfort University

Event duration: 60 minutes


Understanding how heart conditions develop, and testing new treatments for them, used to require experimenting on the real thing. As you can imagine, that process is complicated, risky and slow.
However, recent advances in technology and the inner workings of the human heart are allowing researchers to replicate the heart virtually. 


Marta Varela from Imperial College London has been leading research using artificial intelligence to build as many models of the heart as required. This has led to a better understanding of how our hearts function, and therefore provides more efficient and less risky testing for diagnoses and drugs.