Subject: VPH Newsletter: March 2013

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Monthly newsletter of the Virtual Physiological Human for Integrative Biomedical Research & the Digital Patient News
Dear Colleagues,
The last month has seen a significant amount of time and effort spent influencing and networking at the European level, not least during the "European Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration" conference, hosted by the Irish Presidency (see more below). The potential for the activities within the VPH community to contribute to the highly topical challenges in health was discussed in one to one sessions with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and as part of the discussions in open forum. 
Good progress has been made in bringing together the classical molecular Systems Biology and Physiology/Physics drive modelling communities to create a concerted vision of the contribution that these approaches can make to the emerging "50 Year Roadmap for the Future of Medicine", which is an initiative that is being developed as part of the scientific agenda of the current Irish Presidency. These interactions have continued after the Conference with additional one to one interviews with MEPs, Senior Scientific Advisors and Commission representatives during April, all aimed at raising awareness of VPH, its objectives and activities. More information on this and any outcomes that result will follow in subsequent mailings.
Best regards,
Adriano Henney 
VPH Institute Director
Programme Director of the German Virtual Liver Network
European Parliament opens the doors to VPH
Dr Adriano Henney, Prof Peter Coveney and Dr Riam Kanso represented VPH in strategic meetings with Members of the European Parliament to discuss how VPH can offer sustainable solutions for increasingly problematic health issues.
POLICY NEWS
VPH at “EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration”
VPH Institute representatives participated 
to this major European Parliament event, 
outlining the work of VPH to policy makers.
Irish Presidency holds conference on Innovation and Patient Access to Personalised Medicine
Neelie Kroes reaffirms commitment to open access
Commission launches consultation on ICT funding under Horizon 2020
VPH COMMUNITY
New Marie Curie Grants now available
Over 227 million euro -the highest single amount made available through the Marie Curie Actions fund!!- will be awarded to around 1000 researchers.
Two VPH projects recently ended with some excellent results: VPHOP and M-X-L. We interviewed the Coordinators for you:
VPHOP
VPHOP developed and assessed a new technology that uses computer models of the musculoskeletal biomechanics, individualised over imaging and sensing data, to predict the risk of bone fracture in fragile elders affected by a metabolic disease called osteoporosis.
                       Read more 
M-X-L
MXL enhanced the safety of osteoarthritis patients, undergoing surgery, using computational computational modelling from clinically available x-rays, so to minimize the risk of overload and instability for optimized function and joint longevity.

Third VPH-Share newsletter available now
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News on the Digital Patient Roadmap
                                                    
Digital Patient definition high on the DISCIPULUS agenda
The revision of the definition of the Digital Patient was one of the highlighted discussion points at the last DISCIPULUS project meeting that took place at the UCL Bloomsbury campus on March 18th, 2013. The discussion focused on what makes the ‘Digital Patient’: descriptive, integrative and predictive.
The first DISCIPULUS video interview with Dr. Chris Martin
On Monday 11th March 2013, DISCIPULUS was delighted to welcome Dr. Chris Martin, at the UCL campus for an interview for the DISCIPULS video documentary.
The roadmap: everybody is invited
Get involved with the road mapping exercise: your view is important!
VPH EVENTS
§ E-health week 2013
  
13-15 May 2013, Dublin
§ World Research and Innovation Congress
  
5-6 June, 2013, Brussels
  5-7 June, 2013, Barcelona 
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