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Physiologist to give April 19 public lecture

Timothy Secomb

The Mayo Foundation Chapter of Sigma Xi has announced a public lecture April 19 by noted mathematician and physiologist Timothy W. Secomb.

Dr. Secomb is scheduled to speak at Leighton Auditorium in the Siemens Building about "Oxygen Transport in the Body: A Matter of Life and Death." The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

"Oxygen does not dissolve readily in water or in our body tissues, so how is enough oxygen delivered where it is needed?" Mayo's press release says of Dr. Secomb's upcoming address. "This lecture will describe some of the remarkable features of the circulatory system that enable it to perform this task, emphasizing the critical role of red blood cells flowing in the microcirculation, and highlighting the use of mathematical and computational approaches to better understand the mechanisms of oxygen transport in the body."

Dr. Secomb has been employed as a full professor at the University of Arizona since 1992, with appointments in the Department of Physiology and the Department of Mathematics. He's been active in the mathematic modeling of physiologic phenomena, which includes the regulation of blood flow, the structural adaptation of blood vessels and other issues.

His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1985.

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