521Biomedical Flows at Low Reynolds Numbers


29 August 2011 – 31 August 2011


ETH Zurich, Switzerland


 Prof. Leonhard Kleiser 
Institute of Fluid Dynamics
ML-H36,  ETH Zurich
8092 Zurich

phone +41-44-632-2648 
fax +41-44-632-1147
email: kleiser@ifd.mavt.ethz.ch


Prof. Timothy J. Pedley
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 
University of Cambridge
Cambridge CB3 0WA

email: T.J.Pedley@damtp.cam.ac.uk

Prof Thomas Rösgen
Institute of Fluid Dynamics
ML-H36, ETH Zurich
8092 Zurich



Research on biomedical and biological flow systems has become a well-established topic within fluid dynamics. While many groups are studying flow problems at moderate to large Reynolds numbers, e.g. cardiovascular flows, research on flows at low Reynolds numbers is less commonly found, although they are highly relevant to medicine and biology. Typical low-Reynolds-number biomedical and biological flow systems may include flow in the lower airways, cerebrospinal fluid flow, flows in the eye and the inner ear (balance sense, hearing), microcirculation and red blood cell transport, propulsion and collective behaviour of micro-organisms, and biomedical micro-devices (e.g. filters, pumps, micro-robots).
The Colloquium intends to bring together researchers from groups throughout Europe working on low-Reynolds-number biomedical and biological flows. Theoretical, computational as well as experimental contributions will be considered.