Professor Pat Lawford PhD

Professor of Physiological ModellingPat Lawford

Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease
University of Sheffield
Medical School
Beech Hill Road
Sheffield
S10 2RX
Telephone: +44 114 215 9535
Fax: +44 114 271 1863
Email: p.lawford@sheffield.ac.uk
Secretary - Sue Furness
Tel: +44 (0)114 215 9506
Email: s.furness@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography:

The key driving force, throughout my career, has been my interest in the application of physics and engineering to medicine. After graduating in biological sciences (BSc Human Anatomy and Cell Biology) my doctoral studies focused on the development of microinterferometric methods for the study of degeneration and healing of articular cartilage. This was followed by a 4 year postdoctoral research post in Medical Physics, in Sheffield working on the development of a novel bioprosthetic heart valve. In 1986, I was appointed as an NHS Senior Physicist, responsible for the UK Department of Health Centre for Heart Valve Evaluation, and subsequently spent 3 years as a Project Manager for a joint University/NHS Institute providing evaluation services to the medical devices industry. In August 1991 I returned to academic medical physics to lead a new Masters programme in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering.

I am currently Professor of Physiological Modelling in the Departmnet of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease.

Research Interests:

My main activity is in the area of cardiovascular biomechanics and in cardiovascular implant devices. My key interest is the development and use of computational models for the study of cardiovascular disease and its treatment. My primary aim is the translation of modelling tools to clinical workflows and the use of predictive modelling in treatment planning. This work falls within the remit of the European Union´s Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) initiative.

Teaching Interests:

I have had a sustained interest in Masters Level teaching for a number of years. I was course Director for the Masters Programme in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. I have also been involved in the steering group for Masters programmes in the Medical School. I now lead this activity in the Medical School. I also helping to develop postgraduate training modules for VPH Training at a European level.

Professional Activities:

  • Associate Editor – Journal Medical Engineering and Technology.
  • Member of British Standards Committee, Cardiovascular Implants (CG/150/02).
  • Member of British Standards Committee, Biological evaluation of medical devices (CH/194).
  • Member of British Standards Committee, Cardiac valves (ISO/TC 150/SC 2WG 1).

Current Projects:

  1. euHeart: Integrated Cardiac Care using Patient-Specific Cardiovascular Modeling. Funded by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme under the Information Society and Media’s Virtual Physiological Human initiative. Grant agreement 224495.
  2. Translating Biomedical Modelling to the Heart of the Clinic Funded by the EPSRC under its Digital Economy programme in the Grand Challenges in IT for Healthcare initiative.
  3. Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence: Funded by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme under the Information Society and Media’s Virtual Physiological Human initiative.
  4. @neurIST: Integrated Biomedical Informatics for Management of Cerebral Aneurysms (2006-2010), Funded by the European Community’s 6th Framework Programme by DG-Infso.
  5. COAST: Complex Automata for modelling and simulation of complex systems. Funded by the European Community’s Future and Emerging Technologies Programme.

Publications:

For key publications see below. For a full list of publications click here.

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers