We are gathered in this garden spot to join in what is arguably the most fulfilling of intellectual activities: a debate with informed peers who together bring breadth of background and experience. The outcome of this debate will be a discovery of new perspectives on old questions, new questions on established positions and new approaches to resolve these questions. The areas of focus of our symposium are of paramount importance to health in the developed world; coronary artery disease in the United states alone kills a million people a year and disables five million more. Peripheral vascular disease is thought to disable roughly one fourth as many. Efforts to assist these patients have led multidisciplinary research and development teams to produce a host of devices and prostheses ranging from patient monitors to prosthetic small arteries seeded with endothelial cells to left ventricular assist devices. The type of physiological and material property data these groups demand continues to provide streams of unresolved problems and unanswered questions.
KeywordsHydraulic Conductivity Peripheral Vascular Disease Fluid Shear Stress Endothelial Layer Dominant View
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