Blood is a heterogeneous fluid, being comprised of platelets, red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. This complex fluid is responsible for carrying oxygen to, as well as waste from, tissues. Within the body, blood experiences varied flow conditions and forces, including shear rate. Shear rate is the change in velocity/position. The extremes, of which, are low and high shear rate.
Recently, our team at Medivici went to BioInterface 2016 in early October. While many of the seminars stood out to us, Bob Tranquillo gave an impressive summary of his lifetime work pursuing tissue engineered heart valves.