Giuseppe Di Labbio
Vanier Scholar - Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Fluid dynamics and cardiovascular flows are keen interests of mine. Since graduating with a master’s degree in Applied Science, I have been exploring this subject at the doctoral level under the supervision of Dr. Lyes Kadem. I am also a junior engineer of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, a student member of the American Physical Society, and a member of the Graduate Student Committee in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Concordia.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world, killing as much as 17.5 million people in 2012. Diseases of the heart have consistently been ranked as the second leading cause of death in Canada, responsible for the death of roughly 50,000 Canadians per year. My research aims to develop new clinical parameters for earlier and more insightful diagnosis of heart diseases, particularly of the left ventricle.
Following the growing research interest in this field, I believe that obtaining a deep physical understanding of the blood flow dynamics in this energetic heart chamber will lead to useful clinical parameters. I am investigating this behaviour in stages, beginning with an idealized fundamental scenario. The objective is to know what characterizes an efficient left ventricle. I will then apply this knowledge to assess particular cardiac diseases, including aortic regurgitation, through experimentation and patient data.