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WPI mathematics professor Dalin Tang elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association
Date:9/26/2011

Worcester, Mass. Dalin Tang, professor of mathematical sciences and biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been elected a fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA). Tang was elected to fellowship by the AHA's Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences in recognition of his "major and productive contributions in cardiovascular basic science."

"This is a significant and well-deserved honor, one accorded only a very small fraction of the members of the American Heart Association," said WPI Provost Eric Overstrm. "The fact that Professor Tang earned this recognition for work in mathematics and computational modeling, rather than traditional medical research, makes this an even rarer and more impressive distinction. Professor Tang's groundbreaking research has not only advanced our understanding of heart disease and stroke, but it will lead to new computational tools that will greatly improve the diagnosis and treatment of these major killers. It is gratifying to see such important work recognized with this national honor."

In his research, Tang studies cardiovascular disease using sophisticated computational models, patient-specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) scans, and histological studies of diseased arteries and ventricles. Much of his research over the past decade has focused on factors that affect the growth, development, and rupture of atherosclerotic plaques in arteries. The rupture of arterial plaques is responsible for 60 percent of sudden, unexpected heart attacks and the majority of strokes. However, available screening tools are insufficient to identity which plaques are most vulnerable to rupture and which could be left alone. As a result, studies from six major clinical trials have shown that of 15 to 20 surgeries performed to remove arterial plaques, only one actually prevents a rupture. Tang's aim is to develop computational tools that will enable physi
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Contact: Michael Dorsey
mwdorsey@wpi.edu
508-831-5609
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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