The NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines is pleased to host Professor Roberto C. Andresen Eguiluz (CCBM faculty affiliate in Materials Science and Engineering) for a virtual Science for Humanity Series session entitled "Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in the Context of COVID" on Wednesday, May 20, from 1-1:45 p.m. PST (Pacific) via Zoom.
The Science for Humanity Series invites general audiences to attend engaging and relevant STEM-focused sessions. All are welcome.
Why are elderly patients more vulnerable to artificial ventilation?
During the last months, we have regularly have been updated with the current spread of a novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
Of course, we have many questions, but what we know is that overall, the novel coronavirus is an acute resolved disease; that is, it is treatable. However, under certain circumstances, it can also be deadly. One cause leading to death is due to severe alveolar (alveoli are small lung air sacs that allow gas exchange) damage caused by assisted mechanical ventilation. During this talk, Eguiluz will discuss how supported, or artificial ventilation (AV) of patients in intensive care can, in some cases, lead to massive alveolar damage, resulting in respiratory failure. Eguiluz will focus on the role of alveolar mechanical forces and how aging changes the alveoli, making elderly patients vulnerable to AV induced alveolar damage.
Eguiluz has been a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering since July 2019. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, and had postdoctoral appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Santa Barbara. His main research interests fall between tribology, interfacial forces and mechanotransduction via the extracellular matrix.