Associate Professor Mark Jermy
University of Canterbury
The group I lead fabricates accurate polymer models of complex biological flow systems, such as the human upper airway and human carotid artery. We use the models for optical measurements of velocity, and pressure and gas concentration measurements which would not be possible in live subjects. The work yields an understanding of the flow distribution, laminar-turbulent transitions and pressures generated during natural breathing and with ventilation therapy. We also make measurements on live volunteers. Recently we pioneered soft, compliant models which better mimic the behaviour of biological tissue. In 2014 we received $826,000 of MBIE Smart Ideas Phase 1 funding to construct patient simulators for breathing therapy research and product development.