Fernando Otaviano Campos

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Cardiac modeling is here to stay. Computer models are being used in a variety of ways and support the tests of drugs, the development of new medical devices and non-invasive diagnostic techniques. Computer models have become valuable tools for the study and comprehension of the complex phenomena of cardiac electrophysiology. However, the complexity and the(More)
The modeling of the electrical activity of the heart is of great medical and scientific interest, because it provides a way to get a better understanding of the related biophysical phenomena, allows the development of new techniques for diagnoses and serves as a platform for drug tests. The cardiac electrophysiology may be simulated by solving a partial(More)
Fibrosis is thought to play an important role in the formation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). The propensity of fibrosis to increase AF vulnerability depends not only on its amount, its texture plays a crucial role as well. While the detection of fibrotic tissue patches in the atria with extracellular recordings is feasible based on the(More)
Advanced medical imaging technologies provide a wealth of information on cardiac anatomy and structure at a paracellular resolution, allowing to identify microstructural discontinuities which disrupt the intracellular matrix. Current state-of-the-art computer models built upon such datasets account for increasingly finer anatomical details, however,(More)
The generation of elastic cartilage substitutes for clinical use is still a challenge. In this study, we investigated the possibility of encapsulating human elastic cartilage-derived chondrocytes (HECDC) in biodegradable nanostructured fibrin-agarose hydrogels (NFAH). Viable HECDC from passage 2 were encapsulated in NFAH and maintained in culture(More)
In silico experiments have been used for a better understanding of the electrical activity of cardiac myocytes, usually via models based on nonlinear systems of ordinary differential equations. Many different models for cardiac myocytes are available that vary on the level of complexity, depending on how detailed the phenomena is described. Long simulations(More)
Thin-walled cardiac tissue samples superfused with oxygenated solutions are widely used in experimental studies. However, due to decreased oxygen supply and insufficient wash out of waste products in the inner layers of such preparations, electrophysiological functions could be compromised. Although the cascade of events triggered by cutting off perfusion(More)