Bio-Engineering: Metabolic Modeling and Control
Our research is in Dynamics Systems and Control applied to Clinical Medicine in the area of metabolic modeling and glycaemic control. Bio-Engineering in the truest clinical sense.
In specific: Modeling and control of the glucose-insulin system in diabetes for providing better care to hospital patients in both acute and less acute wards (e.g. intensive care and surgical recovery units).
While the overall research is the application of models specific (as required to different hospital units or therapies (e.g. insulin types), our current research focuses on:
Glycemic control in critical care and its extension to less acute wards using our current models and methodologies. Sepsis is a major issue in treating any critical care patient and glycaemic control in specific. Our glycaemic controllers rely on specific model-based insulin sensitivity metrics that we identify. The use (and validation) this insulin sensitivity metric for sepsis diagnosis and use in control is emerging as a significant aspect of our current research project.
==> this project area thus involves a mixture of modeling, computation, control systems, clinical testing and/or data, and statistics, as well as seeking to enhance models and develop new ideas
Regarding funding opportunities, we have several scholarships we are happy to help you try and obtain. Specifically:
• The NZIDRS Scholarship: http://www.newzealandeducated.com/scholarships/page1.html
• Our Dept Premier Scholarship: http://www.mech.canterbury.ac.nz/pgprojects/scholarships.shtml
• NZAID: http://www.nzaid.govt.nz/scholarships/nzds.html -- if applicable
• UC doctoral scholarships regular and international (see links): http://www.mech.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarship/pg_schols.shtml
We also have regular funding for some of this research at any given time, but not always available or unrestricted for student support. Please contact us directly for more information!
For a full bibliography of our work in this and other areas please see the Publications link at: