Alexandra K. Diem

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Say hi to my first potential foster failures! 😻 These two sisters got out of a situation with 60 (!) cats and are now looking for a forever home. Until then, I get to spoil the hell out of them 😊 #cat #catsofinstagram Not having to worry about anything other than whether the view out of your tent in the morning will be better here or a couple of metres over there... #spaholiday
#hiking #utpåtur #friluftsliv #turjenter #fjelltur #soveute #fjellsport #allemannsretten #nattinaturen #intersportnorge #salomonwmn #lofoten #moskenesøya #nowaynorway @intersportnorge My #lofoten #blog post is up! Lightning fast this time because I was good and wrote all (most) of the text during the trip. Hit the link in my bio 🔝 for a story about views and non-views on the peaks, being chased by rain clouds, spotting whale bones and live whales, and more.
#hiking #utpütur #friluftsliv #turjenter #fjelltur #soveute #fjellsport #allemannsretten #lofoten #moskenesøya #nowaynorway Everything always was kinda damp and we may only ever have had dry feet after a night in our sleeping bags, but the views and the adventure were worth it. Including learning how to panickingly take down and pack in my tent during gale force winds in the middle of the night. Blog post coming up soon!
#hiking #utpütur #friluftsliv #turjenter #fjelltur #soveute #fjellsport #allemannsretten #lofoten #moskenesøya #nowaynorway


Journal articles

Diem AK, Valen-Sendstad K (2019) Timelapsing perfusion: Proof of concept of a novel method to study drug delivery in whole organs.. Biophysical Journal.


Perfusion is one of the most important processes maintaining organ health. From a computational perspective, however, perfusion is amongst the least studied physiological processes of the heart. The recent development of novel nanoparticle-based targeted cardiac therapy calls for novel simulation methods that can provide insights into the distribution patterns of therapeutic agents within the heart tissue. Additionally, resolving the distribution patterns of perfusion is crucial for gaining a full understanding of the long-term impacts of cardiovascular diseases that can lead to adverse remodelling, such as myocardial ischemia and heart failure. In this study we have developed and used a novel particle tracking-based method to simulate the perfusion-mediated distribution of nanoparticles or other solutes. To model blood flow through perfused tissue we follow the approach of others and treat the tissue as a porous medium in a continuum model. Classically, solutes are modelled using reaction-advection-diffusion kinetics. However, due to the discrepancy of scales between advection and diffusion in blood vessels, this method becomes practically numerically unstable. Instead, we track a bolus of solutes or nanoparticles using particle tracking based purely on advection in arteries. In capillaries we employ diffusion kinetics, using an effective diffusion coefficient to mimic capillary blood flow. We first demonstrate the numerical validity and computational efficiency of this method on a 2D benchmark problem. Finally, we demonstrate how the method is used to visualise perfusion patterns of a healthy and ischemic human left ventricle geometry. The efficiency of the method allows for nanoparticle tracking over multiple cardiac cycles using a conventional laptop, providing a framework for the simulation of experimentally relevant time frames to advance pre-clinical research.

Agdestein S, Valen-Sendstad K, Diem AK (2018) Artery. FE: An implementation of the 1D blood flow equations in FEniCS. Journal of Open Source Software 3: 1107.

Diem AK, Carare RO, Weller RO, Bressloff NW (2018) A control mechanism for intra-mural peri-arterial drainage via astrocytes: How neuronal activity could improve waste clearance from the brain. Plos One 13(10): e0205276.

Rougier NP, Hinsen K, Alexandre F, Arildsen T, Barba LA, et al. including Diem AK (2017) Sustainable computational science: the ReScience initiative. PeerJ Computer Science 3:e142.

Diem AK (2017) [Re] A bidirectional model for communication in the neurovascular unit. ReScience 3 (1): 9.

Diem AK, Bressloff NW, MacGregor Sharp M, Carare RO, Richardson G (2017) Arterial pulsations cannot drive intramural periarterial drainage: Significance for Alzheimer’s disease. Frontiers in Neuroscience 11: 475.

Diem AK, Bressloff NW (2017) VaMpy: A Python Package to Solve 1D Blood Flow Problems. Journal of Open Research Software 5: 17.

Diem AK, Tan M, Bressloff NW, Hawkes C, Morris AWJ, Weller RO, Carare RO (2016) A Simulation Model of Periarterial Clearance of Amyloid-β from the Brain. Frontiers in Ageing Neuroscience 8: 18.

Sharp MK, Diem AK, Weller RO, Carare RO (2016) Peristalsis with Oscillating Flow Resistance: A Mechanism for Periarterial Clearance of Amyloid Beta from the Brain. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 44 (5): 1553-65.

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Conference contributions