Computer simulations of blood clots may help improve future treatments

Leopold Grinberg, senoir research associate in mathematics and an international team of researchers have used three of the world's fastest supercomputers to create a detailed and sophisticated model of clot formation in an aneurism—a bulging of a vessel wall as it fills with blood. Grinberg's team used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data taken from a patient with an aneurism to create a realistic model of the major arteries in the patient's neck and brain and more than 300,000 computer processors to simulate a rupture of the aneurism, blood flow through the system, and formation of a clot. Read more about Grinberg's research in a Scientific American article on the topic.