Sheffield Professor Develops Partnership with Norwegian University

Professor Rod Hose has recently taken up a position as Adjunct Professor of Computational Cardiovascular Physiology in the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim in Norway.

NTNU has the main responsibility for higher education in technology in Norway, and it is the country’s premier institution for the education of engineers. The university offers several programmes of professional study and a broad academic curriculum in the natural sciences, social sciences, teacher education, humanities, medicine and health sciences, economics, finance and administration, as well as architecture and the arts. NTNU Health is one of its four strategic research areas for 2014-2023. Brain researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser at NTNU’s Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with John O’Keefe of University College London.

This position provides a strong complement to Rod’s current role in the Mathematics and Modelling in Medicine Group in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease. A primary motivation for the establishment of this new role was a mutual interest in Sheffield and in Trondheim in the development of processes to personalise mathematical models to describe the physiological excursions, or the physiological envelope, of an individual as they live their lives. Over the last two decades there has been great emphasis on the anatomical personalisation of three-dimensional haemodynamics models based on increasingly sophisticated medical imaging technology, but relatively little progress on the determination of appropriate boundary conditions to represent the load and threat conditions for the individual. NTNU has major strengths in the imaging of flow and in exercise physiology, complemented by access to unique collections of health data and genomic data for very large cohorts in the local population, as well as very strong links with St Olavs hospital that parallel our own links with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.

It is anticipated that this arrangement will promote new opportunities for collaboration between the two centres. We especially hope to foster new relationships between the clinical teams in Cardiology to advance the translation of modelling into clinical application, and to exploit synergies between the strong engineering groups at NTNU and Sheffield’s Insigneo Institute for In Silico Medicine.