SofTMech: Dialogue on Heart Failure

IDEAS:The initiative for dialogue between clinicians and modellers

Friday 22nd April, 2016 Room TBC, University of Glasgow


This dialogue aims to identify some crucial challenges in the area of heart failure and diseases for
the next 20 years as seen by clinicians today, which may be tractable to a mathematical modelling
approach. Starting with some review-type talks by the lead speakers, we wish to have a lively
dialogue between clinicians and modellers, and agree on a list of important problems; some may
be addressed in the short term, and some will require longer term, large scale, funding. These
problems will be published at the POEMS/SofTMech websites to help the community to develop
new research proposals and forge new collaborations. All participants will be expected to
contribute to the discussion, and are welcome to bring a one-page brief (mini-poster) to introduce
their own expertise. It is also expected that all participants will submit a short description on
what they perceive as a particular challenge/problem from this workshop.

Confirmed lead speakers

  • Prof. Michael Burch (Great Ormond Street Hospital, UK)
  • Prof. Darrel Francis (Imperial College, UK)
  • Prof. Colin Berry (University of Glasgow, UK)
  • Mr. Mark Danton (Golden Jubilee Hospital, UK)
  • Prof. Fritz Prinzen (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
  • Prof. Gernot Plank (Medical University of Graz, Austria)
  • Dr. Steve Niederer (Kings College London, UK)
  • Prof. Einar Heiberg (Lund University, Sweden)

Registration is now open for interested modellers & clinicians to join the dialogue.
Lunch/tea/coffee will be provided for free of charge. There is no registration fee, and we will
provide a contribution to travel costs of up to £100 for a limited number of attendees (on the first
come first serve basis). The attendees are expected to sort out their own accommodation, and a
range of hotels near the University can be found at the following link: 

To register and apply for travel support, please e-mail Joanne Suter (

IDEAS events are funded by POEMS and SofTMech

Academic contact: Prof. Xiaoyu Luo (

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