Jeffrey West

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Biologic matrices offer a new approach to the management of abdominal wall defects when the use of other foreign material is not ideal. A member of our team (GEA) developed a biological decellularized matrix generated from harvested blood vessels of swine blood vessel matrix (BVMx). The aim of our study was to investigate whether this novel collagen-based(More)
Despite years of research in the area of robotics, the vast majority of industrial robots are still used in “teach-repeat” mode. This requires that the workpiece be in exactly the same position and orientation every time. In many high-volume robotics applications, this is not a problem, since the parts are likely to be fixtured anyway. However, in small to(More)
Primary neuroendocrine tumors of the liver are exceedingly rare, and unlike metastatic neuroendocrine tumors, rarely cause carcinoid syndrome. There are fewer than 150 cases reported in the current literature. We report two cases of primary hepatic neuroendocrine carcinomas of the liver. Both patients remain healthy without any recurrence to date. A review(More)
Microsporidians are a group of emerging pathogens typically associated with chronic diarrhea in immunocompromised individuals. The number of reports of infections with these organisms and the disseminated pathology is growing as diagnostic tools become more readily available. However, little is known about the innate immune response induced by and generated(More)
In recent years there has been an increase of interest related to collision avoidance techniques for unmanned aerial vehicles. Many approaches have been proposed but very few have been tested in high density, fixed speed test conditions. Our approach uses fuzzy logic to determine an appropriate avoidance maneuver after a possible collision is detected.(More)
Tumor development is an evolutionary process in which a heterogeneous population of cells with different growth capabilities compete for resources in order to gain a proliferative advantage. What are the minimal ingredients needed to recreate some of the emergent features of such a developing complex ecosystem? What is a tumor doing before we can detect it?(More)
We extended the classical tumor regression models such as Skipper's laws and the Norton-Simon hypothesis from instantaneous regression rates to the cumulative effect over repeated cycles of chemotherapy. To achieve this end, we used a stochastic Moran process model of tumor cell kinetics coupled with a prisoner's dilemma game-theoretic cell-cell interaction(More)