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The Math behind the Cath: The Inside Story of Stents, Pacemakers, and Other Medical Miracles May 04, 2009 All Day
Description Few people realize the key role that mathematics has played in the astonishing advances in the design and functioning of today’s medical devices. These advances have saved countless lives and illustrate the remarkable ability of mathematical ideas to provide new insights into real-world problems and to improve our lives.

Speakers Joseph Berglund, PhD, and Robert J. Lang, PhD, will be joined by mathematicians David Eisenbud of UC Berkeley and Bob Osserman of MSRI for a discussion. This is the first presentation in MSRI's new series on Mathematics + Medicine

JOSEPH BERGLUND is the Principal R&D Engineer at Medtronic CardioVascular in Santa Rosa. Joe’s undergraduate training at Johns Hopkins University was in biomedical engineering, materials science and applied mathematics. He received his doctorate at Georgia Tech, where his research included working on biosynthetic blood vessel substitutes for by-pass surgery. His current projects vary from development of next generation drug eluting stents, to designing bioabsorbable devices, to identifying and evaluating new therapy options for various unmet clinical needs. In his talk, he will give an overview of cardiovascular medical devices and the principles behind them, as well as indications of what to expect in the future.

ROBERT J. LANG is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding. With a doctorate in Applied Physics from Caltech, he has, during the course of work at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS Uniphase, authored or co-authored over 80 papers and 45 patents in lasers and optoelectronics as well as eight books and a CD-ROM on origami. He is a full-time artist and consultant on origami and its applications to engineering problems but moonlights as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. He is equally famous for the beauty of his origami figures, his applications of mathematics to paper folding, and of paper folding to practical devices, such as space probes and medical devices.

Join us on MONDAY, MAY 4, from 7pm to 9pm, at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, located at 2015 Addison Street in Berkeley (near the Downtown Berkeley BART station on Shattuck Avenue). Free admission.

For directions to Berkeley Repertory Theatre and parking information, go to: www.berkeleyrep.org/planyourvisit/index.aspx