Elucidation of the complex interactions between living tissues and mechanical stimuli, as represented by the vexing problem of shear-mediated platelet activation and resultant thrombosis, can be realized by innovative multiscale modeling (MSM) approaches.
The coupling of the disparate spatial-temporal scales between the macroscopic transport and the molecular level events represents a major modeling and computational challenge. Continuum approaches can be effectively utilized only down to the micron level and are limited in their ability to cover the smaller molecular mechanisms such as filopodia formation during platelet activation. Utilizing molecular dynamics (MD) to cover the multiscales involved is computationally prohibitive.
We have developed an integrated MSM methodology that addresses the mechano-biological “linkages,” and cover the vast range of spatiotemporal scales involved: