The Maths of Asthma πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€βš•οΈ

This is just one of the many medical applications of maths.
The airway can be thought of as a stretchy material that opens up as we breathe. When someone with asthma has an asthma attack, their airways contract/tighten making it difficult for them to catch their breathe. We can use maths to mimic this by using lots of tiny springs (for the stretchy airway material) that will stretch when you apply a force (breathing in) and then relax back to a resting length (breathing out). This information, as well as knowledge of interactions between different components of the airways, can be used to form mathematical/computational models which can be used to predict how an airway contracts. Methods like this have the potential to help us find new treatment options for severe asthmatics where current treatment does not work.
This work is being carried out in the CMMB research group at the University of Nottingham by Bindi Brook, Reuben O’dea, Hannah Pybus and myself, Sarah Brown. This photo was taken at Science in the Park 2019 ran by the British Science Association.

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