Research Highlight

Dr. Mariam Itani, a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has recently co-authored an article about “Bioheat Modeling of Elderly and Young for Prediction of Physiological and Thermal Responses in Heat-Stressful Conditions”. The article has been published in Journal of Thermal Biology, a Q1 journal in this subject area. This article revealed that the average elderly is characterized by metabolic rate and cardiac output, which are lower than those of the young by 21% and 14.4%, respectively. Additionally, the paper indicated that the thresholds of the onset of vasodilation and sweating are delayed from those of young adults by 0.5 °C and 0.21 °C, respectively. The full article can be accessed via the following link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0306456520300176