SofTMech is a Centre for multiscale soft tissue mechanics funded by EPSRC under its Mathematical Sciences in healthcare programme. The centre is led by the University of Glasgow in partnership with University of St Andrews, Heriot Watt University and The University of Sheffield.
SoftMech will accelerate the development of multiscale soft-tissue modelling by constructing a generic mathematical multiscale framework. This will be a truly innovative step, as it will provide a common language with which all relevant materials, interactions and evolutions can be portrayed, and it will be designed from a standardised viewpoint to integrate with the totality of the work of the in silico community as a whole. The framework will be validated in the two highest-mortality clinical areas of cardiac disease (myocardial infarction) and cancer.
The Sheffield PI for Softmech, Dr Paul Watton, heads the Theoretical Mechanobiology Group whose research activities closely align with those of SofTMech, i.e. ongoing projects include developing in silico models of arterial, heart and bladder disease. Additionally, SofTMech will integrate with the EPSRC MultiSim multiscale musculoskeletal simulation framework being developed by Insigneo (a SoftMech partner).
The centre’s launch event was held in Glasgow in April 2016 and Insigneo’s Executive Director, Professor Marco Viceconti, gave a talk on in silico Medicine.
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