Title

Modeling Human Brain Growth from Energy Conservation Principles

Presenter Information

Scott Ketcherside

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Physics

Research Advisor

Hou, Chen

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

A general model for human brain growth over ontogeny is created, starting from principles of energy conservation. From basic energy conservation laws, an equation giving the total metabolic rate of an animal in terms of the energy required to grow and maintain cells is created, allowing energetic data to yield a growth curve for a given organisms. Successful in describing non-human animals' growth, this model may also be successful in describing human growth, given consideration of the brain's abnormally high energy cost. This is demonstrated by modeling the brain's growth using such a model, and then analyzing the nature of its impact on human whole-body growth.

Biography

Scott is a senior in Physics, focusing in Computational Physics.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

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Modeling Human Brain Growth from Energy Conservation Principles

Upper Atrium/Hall

A general model for human brain growth over ontogeny is created, starting from principles of energy conservation. From basic energy conservation laws, an equation giving the total metabolic rate of an animal in terms of the energy required to grow and maintain cells is created, allowing energetic data to yield a growth curve for a given organisms. Successful in describing non-human animals' growth, this model may also be successful in describing human growth, given consideration of the brain's abnormally high energy cost. This is demonstrated by modeling the brain's growth using such a model, and then analyzing the nature of its impact on human whole-body growth.