Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
University of Dundee
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
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Robyn completed her undergraduate degree in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Dundee in 2012. Following her degree, she has worked as an anatomy and research technician at the University of Dundee and University of Aberdeen. She has worked closely with projects utilising Thiel-embalmed cadavers for medical device development and testing. She is currently undertaking a PhD.
Robyn’s PhD project is titled ‘Measuring and modelling haemodynamics and vessel stiffness in arterial disease and endovascular treatment’
The scope of this PhD will aim to assess which patients will best benefit from arterial vascular intervention by developing methodology for the use of SWE in arteries for patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease.
The project will gather arterial wall stiffness data using SWE in flow rig phantoms, Thiel-embalmed human cadavers with perfusion and NHS patients. Flow rig phantoms and perfused Thiel-embalmed cadavers are currently used as models for the development of endovascular devices for interventional treatment.
SWE data will aim to identify if phantom and cadaveric models are comparable to living patient data. To investigate the effects of interventions on arterial wall stiffness, SWE will be gathered from models pre- and post-stent deployment. It is the aim that the generated data will be used to influence computational fluid dynamics to generate patient specific models of arteries to better understand the effect of arterial wall stiffness in peripheral vascular disease.