Program of the Fifth Symposium of the IIfTC
"Myocardial Optimisation and Efficiency and its Evolutionary Aspects"
The proceedings of this meeting were published as: "Myocardial Optimization and Efficiency, Evolutionary Aspects and Philosophy of Science Considerations", edited by D. Burkhoff, J. Schaefer, K. Schaffner, D.T. Yue, Darmstadt, 1994. The contents of this book which you will find in the following represent the program of the Fifth Symposium.
Introduction - the hierarchy of cardiac function
Philosophical aspects of defining efficiency for biological systems -
an introductory overview
Efficiency of energy conversion from metabolic substrates to ATP and
mechanical and chemiosmotic energy
Efficiency of cardiac muscle: Thermodynamic and statistical mechanical
Optimization of myocardial function
Ventricular perspective on efficiency
Geodesics as a mechanically optimal fiber geometry for the left ventricle
Optimal coupling of the left ventricle with the arterial system
Myocardial adaptation to stress from the viewpoint of adaptation and
Regional blood flow and contractile function: Are they matched in normal,
ischemic and reperfused myocardium?
Do the cardiac nerves optimise efficiency?
Myocardial adaptations in advanced age
Concepts of optimality and efficiency in biology and medicine from the
viewpoint of philosophy of science
Beyond maximizing: Some remarks on optimality and efficiency in the social
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