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Dasi receives award to support artificial heart valve research

Lakshmi Prasad Dasi, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, was recently awarded a one-year grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Accelerated Innovations at Cleveland Clinic (NCAI-CC), effective January, 2017 in the amount of $150,0000, for his research entitled “Hyaluronan Enhanced and Biomechanically Designed Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Prosthesis.”  The co-investigators on this project are Dr. Christopher Breuer, Pediatric Surgery, College of Medicine; Dr. John Cheatham, Pediatrics and Cardiovascular Medicine, College of Medicine; Dr. Kan Hor, Pediatrics, College of Medicine; and Dr. Juan Crestanello, Cardiac Surgery, College of Medicine. Dr. Dasi’s research interest includes Fluid Dynamics, Cardiovascular Biomechanics, Heart Valves, Turbulence, Mixing and Non-linear dynamics.

In addition, Dr. Dasi was recently awarded TriFit funding in the amount of $5K. The funds to support his research were raised from participants in the 2016 Ross Heart Hospital/Davis Heart and Lunch Research Institute (DLHRI) TriFit Challenge Triathlon & Duathlon. His research will focus on Computational Predictive Modeling of Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement. The long term goal is to develop a computational tool that will help significantly improve the outcomes of TAVR therapy by helping clinicians make the most optimal decisions from picking the device, size, to the exact positioning of the device for the patient’s unique anatomy.

As a recipient of this award, Dr. Dasi will also volunteer and participate in the 2017 Ross Heart Hospital/DHLRI TriFit Challenge Triathlon & Duathlon on Sunday, July 16, 2017.