Simula Research Laboratory
Rikshospitalet, Oslo University Hospital
From October 2013 till July 2017, I was working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cardiac Modelling Department at Simula Research Laboratory. I was based both at Simula and at Rikshospitalet (part of the Oslo University Hospital group) in the Domus Medica building, both in Oslo, Norway.
I was working as a part of the Centre for Cardiological Innovation (CCI), which was a collaboration between Oslo University Hospital, the University of Oslo, Simula Research Laboratory, GE Vingmed Ultrasound, Kalkulo, Cardiosolv, and Medtronic. Through this project, tools and technologies were created through linking currently isolated diagnostic systems with advanced biomedical research, advanced patient-specific computer simulation, and multi-modality visualization techniques. The targeted clinical uses of the proposed innovations were for better triage and treatment of patients at risk of sudden cardiac death or suffering from heart failure, two of the biggest challenges in cardiology today.
My research was focussed on developing novel methods to aid with diagnosis and therapy planning in patients with cardiomyopathies (special focus on ARVC), and in patients with congenital heart disease. The core of my work was to use image processing, image analysis, statistical methods, and machine learning to study the structure of the heart (the anatomy), the movement of the ventricles during the cardiac cycle, and the hemodynamics (blood flow) through the heart. Population-based analysis of cardiac phenomena can be used to better understand the typical behaviour in a particular disease group (or sub-group), to provide quantitative measures defining how one patient differs from the population (or from healthy subjects), to automatically classify patients, to predict disease evolution, etc.